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By Kathryn Starke
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Kathryn Starke, Urban Literacy Specialist in Action
Kathryn Starke, Urban Literacy Specialist in Action

 The USA ranks #24th in literacy. Research shows children who do not read on grade level by the time they are 9 years old are more likely to fail and even drop out of school. National reading tests show that while 66% of our 9 year olds read below grade level, 80% of 9 year olds from low-income schools read below grade level. 32 million adults, 14% of our population, can’t read. What’s more shocking is that we have not moved the needle in the past 10 years. We can change these statistics today when we tackle reading together.

Redskins Read program
Redskins Read program

As an urban literacy specialist, children’s author, and reading advocate for the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation Redskins Read program, I have seen first-hand how motivation and professional athletes increase reading engagement in children. One school district in Richmond, Virginia, partnered with the Redskins for a summer reading program. The students kept reading logs documenting book titles and minutes over the summer months working toward prizes. Throughout the summer vacation, they received prerecorded voice mails from players reminding them to read every day. The logs were turned in the first week back of school to determine which school would receive the surprise assembly with some Washington Redskins players.

This program resulted in 9,000 elementary school students reading over 5 million minutes. With this in mind, I decided to combine my expertise as an urban literacy specialist with the motivational stories from current and former NFL athletes to create the Tackle Reading book. This resource will contain lessons, advice, activities, and stories from reading experts, NFL athletes, celebrities, and fellow educators to showcase the importance of quality reading instruction for all children. Tackle Reading is a book that motivates children, supports parents, and inspires teachers to love literacy. With your help, we can donate 20,000 books to inner city elementary schools nationwide. We will additionally sell the book.

I currently travel to urban elementary schools nationally to teach children, ages 5-10, love reading and help parents set up a reading environment at home. I train teachers on how to effectively engage and instruct our students in language arts. In Brooklyn, one of my schools is the highest performing school in their network in reading. In Charleston, South Carolina, one of my schools has 98% of 4th and 5th grade students reading on and above grade level. The children today are our future of tomorrow, and I want to ensure that all of our children receive the best education to make a difference in our communities nationwide. The Tackle Reading book and Tackle Reading tour are engaging and creative ways to do so.

National Literacy Training
National Literacy Training

I thank each and every one of you for your interest in Tackle Reading, and I look forward to getting this book into the hands of children, parents, and teachers across the USA.

Kathryn and one of our NFL contributors
Kathryn and one of our NFL contributors

Risks and challenges

All projects have some level of risk, and ours is no different. In an effort to reduce the overall cost of production, we are continuing to work with a packager and printer dedicated to supporting education. We had a great experience working with them on previous children's books and are excited to continue a wonderful relationship.

We know that we can only donate books when our goal has been matched. The greater the monetary gift, the greater amount of books we can create. We do not expect delays, but anything can happen. We rely on our packager and printer just as you rely on us, and hope for a relationship of mutual understanding.

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    You will get a handwritten note from me, the author. I will also donate a signed book to a school or library of your choice. You will receive our special Tackle Reading t-shirt that showcases all of the NFL athletes, celebrities, and writers for our book. You will also get an autographed copy of the Tackle Reading book, the special bookmark, and exclusive updates to express my gratitude.

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    You will get 3 total autographed copies of Tackle Reading and 1 autographed copy of Amy's Travels, my multicultural children's book. You also can choose a 30 minute call or Skype chat to discuss anything publishing, education, your passion, etc. You will receive our special Tackle Reading t-shirt that showcases all of the NFL athletes, celebrities, and writers for our book. I will also send the special bookmark and exclusive updates to express my gratitude.

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    You will get a shout out on all of my social media pages. You will get 3 total autographed copies of Tackle Reading and 1 autographed copy of Amy's Travels, my multicultural children's book. You also can choose a 30 minute call or Skype chat to discuss anything publishing, education, your passion, etc. You will receive our special Tackle Reading t-shirt that showcases all of the NFL athletes, celebrities, and writers for our book. I will send the special bookmark and exclusive updates to express my gratitude.

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    You will get featured on the Thank You page of our Tackle Reading book. You also can choose a city where we should donate the book. You will get a shout out on all of my social media pages. You will get 3 autographed copies of Tackle Reading and 1 autographed copy of Amy's Travels, my multicultural children's book. You also can choose a 30 minute call or Skype chat to discuss anything publishing, education, your passion, etc. You will receive our special Tackle Reading t-shirt that showcases all of the NFL athletes, celebrities, and writers for our book. I will also send the special bookmark and exclusive updates to express my gratitude.

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    You will get 50 copies of the book to donate to a school or event of your choice in your community. You will get featured on the Thank You page of our Tackle Reading book. You also can choose a city where we should donate the book. You will get a shout out on all of my social media pages. You will get 3 autographed copies of Tackle Reading and 1 autographed copy of Amy's Travels, my multicultural children's book. You also can choose a 30 minute call or Skype chat to discuss anything publishing, education, your passion, etc. You will receive our special Tackle Reading t-shirt that showcases all of the NFL athletes, celebrities, and writers for our book. I, of course, will include the special bookmark and exclusive updates to express my gratitude.

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    You can choose a Tackle Reading event to attend with me and be recognized as an extra special backer. (Event dates and locations to be determined.)You can choose a Tackle Reading You will get 100 copies of the book to donate to a school or event of your choice in your community. You will get featured on the Thank You page of our Tackle Reading book. You also can choose a city where we should donate the book. You will get a shout out on all of my social media pages. You will get 3 autographed copies of Tackle Reading and 1 autographed copy of Amy's Travels, my multicultural children's book. You also can choose a 30 minute call or Skype chat to discuss anything publishing, education, your passion, etc. You will receive our special Tackle Reading t-shirt that showcases all of the NFL athletes, celebrities, and writers for our book. Of course, I will include the special bookmark and exclusive updates to express my gratitude.

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