According to the Nations Report Card in Illinois 34% of 4th graders read at their reading level. That means that 66% (over half) of 4th graders in Illinois can not read at their reading level. www.nationsreportcard.gov
Only 36% of 8th graders in Illinois can read at their grade level, which means 64% (over half) of 8th graders in the state of Illinois can not read at their grade level.www.nationsreportcard.gov
According to RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) "By the 4th grade, African American and Hispanic students are on average nearly three academic years behind their White peers."www.rif.org
WBEZ 91.5 recently announced library closings in Chicago. “Having a school library with a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago’s 600-plus public schools. Two years ago, Chicago Public School budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year: 313 librarians. This year it’s 254.” Not only are libraries closing but statistics also show that there is a need for Rivers Ink to make sure that we are constantly encouraging our youth, families and communities to “Turn the Pages” and we hope you join us!