Oades’ class made the cards and raised $66 after selling them. That money was donated directly to Lead to Read.
“Since literacy is so important to me and to our class, it was a great place,” she said.
Fewer than half of third-graders in Kansas City read at grade level. Children who can’t read at grade-level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school. Lead to Read wants to change that. So does Oades’ class.
“Kids need to be able to read,” she said. “They need to be able to access books and read and listen to people who read them.”
This lesson about economic became a much bigger lesson.
“It really was just a part of us learning how to share with others,” she said.
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