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Read Across the Globe Invites UHD to Join World Record Attempt for Reading to Children

2015 CCRS Read-Out (Ripley House) 441UHD is partnering with Volunteer Houston and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation to represent Houston in "Read Across the Globe," an initiative by Points of Light that encourages volunteers to improve literacy in their communities. Together with thousands of volunteers, educators and community partners around the world, Read Across the Globe will attempt on Monday, Oct. 19, to break the Guinness world record for the most children read to in a 24-hour period.

According to the Read Across the Globe website, "Exposure to language—talking, singing, or reading—from infant to 3 years old is a strong predictor of a child's ability to read fluently by third grade. Children who are not reading proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school."

Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate by registering to read at a local school and are encouraged to serve at one of UHD's neighboring schools: Sherman Elementary, Crockett Elementary or Harmony Schools.

If you have any questions or need assistance, email volunteer@connect4literacy.org.