Reading is the key that unlocks the door to becoming better educated and better informed.
That’s why Scripps Howard Foundation is committed to putting books into the hands of children living in poverty nationwide.
Thanks to the kindness of the whole Scripps community, from our wonderful employees to Scripps family members, 40,000 Scholastic books were given to children across the country living in poverty earlier this year.
As part of our inaugural If you give a child a book. . . campaign at all Scripps offices nationwide, Scripps Howard Foundation raised $143,000 to purchase books. For every dollar raised at a television or radio station, that dollar was used to buy books for kids in that community through local nonprofits.
After the stations selected their nonprofit partners, the Foundation invited those organizations to apply for one of five special, one-time $10,000 literacy grants. The stations presented the grants the same day they delivered the books.
• Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay • Literacy Connects in Tucson • Reading Partners in Tulsa • The Barbershop Literacy Project in Cleveland • Border View Family YMCA in San Diego
Family Literacy Grant
$100,000 grant to a single nonprofit that supports family literacy in impoverished neighborhoods in the Tristate.
To break the cycle of poverty in Greater Cincinnati, the three funding organizations selected family literacy as a means to foster reading in children from birth through early elementary school age.
Childhood poverty is an epidemic in the Foundation’s hometown. Greater Cincinnati is ranked #4 nationally in child poverty, with nearly half of children estimated to be living below the federal poverty level, according to The National Center for Children in Poverty. Literacy and kindergarten readiness are crucial to the academic, social and economic success of families and children living in poverty.
School on Wheels
Share the Love campaign benefiting School on Wheels.
For over 350 children experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis, tutors from School on Wheels might offer the only source of consistency in their young lives. School on Wheels brings more than 400 volunteers to nine partner homeless shelters and four public schools, and provides tutoring sessions up to four days a week.
On January 26, RTV6 announced the Foundation will match up to $25,000 raised during the month-long campaign. RTV6 announced will run stories to raise awareness of the needs of these children and encourage the community to take action by volunteering as a tutor or donating to the cause.
RTV6 has worked with School on Wheels for 10 years. Through the Foundation, the station supports School on Wheels with community grants. The organization is also the beneficiary of the “If you give a child a book . . .” campaign in Indianapolis.