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WKAR Family Reading Kits

Michigan faces a literacy crisis. The number of Michigan third graders who failed the state's standardized reading test and are eligible to be held back increased this year to 5.8% as did the number of test takers, according to data from Michigan State University researchers. 

The WKAR Family Initiative is dedicated to fostering a culture of literacy across mid-Michigan. Since 2018, in partnership with community organizations, WKAR Family has provided over 50,000 new and engaging books for children ranging from birth to high school seniors. 

Add your support for the WKAR Family Reading Kit project 

Your donation during Hispanic Heritage Month will help raise funds to provide up to 500 WKAR Family Reading Kits for mid-Michigan children. 

Kits will include a new book, resources from agencies such as Capital Area District Library and Great Start Collaborative, and hands-on activities for adult and child to complete together. 

Reading kits will be distributed through Cristo Rey Community Center to families during National Reading Month in March 2023

WKAR Family and Community Partners

WKAR Director of Education Robin Pizzo leads the WKAR Family initiative, coordinating efforts to reach as many families in our community with literacy needs as possible. Contact: Robin@wkar.org. 

A key partner in WKAR Family Reading Kit project is Cristo Rey Community Center. It is the mission of Cristo Rey Community Center to care for the spiritual and social needs of individuals and families by offering services that encourage self-sufficiency and recognize the dignity of the human person.  

For more information on other ways to support the WKAR Family Reading Kit initiative, please contact:

Melanie McGuire, WKAR Senior Director of Development 
517.884.4730 Melanie@wkar.org 

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 23OOPCF1WKARHHM” in the note section.

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