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  • Lauren Duhon

Team Spotlight: A Day to Read to Houston

A single day for Houstonians to come together to read to students.

This is the goal of Houston Reads Day, a campaign from Literacy Now to bring awareness to the literary crisis in the City of Houston.

Source: Literacy Now

On March 2, members of the Ennuity Holdings team set out to give back to the community and dedicated time to read to elementary-age students throughout the Houston Independent School District.

Founder and CEO of Ennuity Holdings Nisha Desai believes that an important tenant of the team’s mission is giving back to the community, and the cause of literacy is near and dear to her heart.

Although Houston Reads Day was virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they continue to find ways to reach out to those in need, with hundreds of volunteers still signing up to read to young children.

According to the Literacy Now website, 41% of young children in the Houston area are not ready for kindergarten and 63% of 3rd graders in the Houston area do not read at grade level.

Additionally, low-income children will hear 30 million fewer words over the first four years of their life compared to their more affluent peers.

Literacy Now has been able to distribute 9,888 books to children in need between 2019 and 2020. Since its inception in 2009, Literacy Now has helped more than 19,000 children and parents in the Houston area.

Through their endeavors, they’re transforming communities in our city and empowering students to become the future leaders of tomorrow.

You can find out more Literacy Now and their programs here: https://literacynowhouston.org