Struggling Young Readers Need Your Help; Appeal Deadline Extended

Across Washington, children who haven’t mastered reading are falling behind. Prime Time Family Reading can help these kids catch up – but they need your help! The deadline for our Spring Appeal has been extended until Wednesday (May 22).

Donate nowToday I ask for your support.

Earlier this month, Humanities Washington mailed a request for support in which we shared the story of eight-year old Nicole and her struggle to master reading. In this request, we highlighted an affordable and effective solution to help Nicole: our Prime Time Family Reading program.

Julie Ziegler

Julie Ziegler, Humanities Washington executive director

The program, delivered at local libraries, brings families together through the transformative power of story. Each six-week series, led by a scholar and storyteller, builds reading skills and helps economically and educationally vulnerable children become stronger readers and thinkers.

In my March column, I discussed our inaugural Prime Time series in Lynnwood and was enthusiastic about the program’s potential. Since that time we have held additional sessions in Shoreline [Slideshow] and Spokane [Slideshow] and I’m thrilled with the program’s success. Children are more confident readers and families are reading more together.

For only $20.75 a month, you can help three children like Nicole get back on track.

Prime Time Family Reading bonds families around the act of reading and transforms students into lifelong readers. The program serves the unique needs of at-risk families by providing books for families to use during the sessions, role-modeling storytelling and reading techniques, and creating a supportive community of readers and learners. Each six-week session of Prime Time serves approximately 120 people – students, younger siblings and their parents.

We are extending the deadline for our Spring Appeal to May 22nd, in hopes of raising $20,000 to expand Prime Time to other libraries around the state. For only $83, you can sponsor a child like Nicole. For only $20.75 per month, you could sponsor three children.

Donate nowPlease become a Humanities Hero and help a child learn to read. Give today!

With warmest regards,

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Julie Ziegler
Executive Director

P.S. Remember, you can help Nicole learn to read with a contribution of just $20.75 a month!

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