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Community Members Have Taken The Pledge

I pledge to support the goal of 90% literacy by the end of third grade, as set by the School District of Indian River County.

I acknowledge that literacy is defined as the fundamental building block of all learning and is essential to the growth and success of every citizen in our community; and

WHEREAS, an alarming two-thirds of all children nationally are not reaching critical literacy milestones by third grade; and

WHEREAS, the end of third grade marks a key transition, where children shift from learning to read and are expected to read to learn; and

WHEREAS, children who are not reading at grade level by third grade have only a one in seven chance of ever catching up; and

WHEREAS, literacy is at the heart of economic development and is the single factor that underpins most social issues, with some states even determining the number of jails they will build on third-grade literacy; and

WHEREAS, the process of learning, and specifically learning to read, begins long before children reach the school house door; and

WHEREAS, schools can no longer be expected to do it alone, but need the assistance of the entire community including local governments, parents, businesses, faith-based groups and community organizations to promote grade-level reading goals; and

WHEREAS, The Learning Alliance, a private non-profit organization, is dedicated to delivering the latest advances in science-based education techniques to area teachers that will allow them to radically improve our children’s literacy rates; and

WHEREAS, the Superintendent of the Indian River County School District has set a bold, visionary and inspiring goal that 90 percent of all third graders will be reading on grade level by the year 2018; and

WHEREAS, since the collaboration between The Learning Alliance and the Indian River County School District we have already seen a 171 percent improvement in kindergarten and first grade literacy scores; and

WHEREAS, the future of our community depends on the ability of our rising generation to meet the strong challenges of a technology based economy;

NOW, THEREFORE, I [insert official name and title], do hereby pledge to support this Moonshot Moment goal of 90% literacy by third grade and to learn more about the importance of literacy and how to become involved with literacy efforts in our community.