Cities of Service and ServiceNation Award Grants to Eight U.S. Cities to Improve Student Literacy

September 14, 2012

Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of mayors representing nearly 50 million Americans, and ServiceNation announced on September 17th that eight U.S. cities have been awarded $40,000 grants to implement the Third Grade Reads Blueprint. Third Grade Reads is a high-impact service strategy in which the mayor’s office leverages the power of volunteers to help children attain reading proficiency by the beginning of fourth grade, funded by Target.  Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015, to help kids learn, schools teach, and parents and caring adults engage.

  • In Atlanta, GA, Mayor Reed’s plan will match 270 of the city’s struggling readers with a one-on-one tutor at two of the city’s elementary schools in the program’s first year.
  • In Baltimore, MD, Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s plan will match 250 of the city’s struggling readers with a one-on-one tutor in the program’s first year as part of the city’s larger work with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
  • In Charleston, SC, Mayor Riley’s plan will match 300 of the city’s struggling readers with a one-on-one tutor at eight of the city’s elementary schools in the program’s first year.
  • In Chula Vista, CA, Mayor Cox’s plan will match 200 of the city’s struggling readers with a one-on-one tutor at five of the city’s elementary schools in the program’s first year.
  • In Cincinnati, OH, Mayor Mallory’s plan will match 100 of the city’s struggling readers with a one-on-one tutor at five of the city’s elementary schools in the program’s first year.
  • In Kansas City, MO, Mayor James’ plan will match 466 of the city’s struggling readers with a one-on-on tutor at 12 of the city’s elementary schools in the program’s first year.
  • In Orlando, FL, Mayor Dyer’s plan will match 150 of the city’s struggling readers with a one-on-one tutor at 10 of the city’s elementary schools in the program’s first year.
  • In Vicksburg, MS, Mayor Winfield’s plan will match 100 of the city’s struggling readers with a one-on-one tutor at two of the city’s elementary schools in the program’s first year.

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