Here’s why you should care:

According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), literacy is defined as “using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.” 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.1

Illiteracy and crime are closely related. The Department of Justice states, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.” Over 70% of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth-grade level.2

In other words, one of the best ways to ensure a person will grow up to be a productive member of society is to make sure they learn to read.

Here’s what you can do:

Support local literacy programs by:
  • Volunteering
  • Donating money
  • Donating books
A simple internet search can help you identify literacy programs near you. Their websites give detailed information about the type of help you can provide.

Partner with Us!

  • Dr. Lisa J. Curry is committed to supporting literacy in children. Joining forces with us helps make a greater impact in fighting illiteracy!
  • We accept monetary donations through Give on this website. Your generous donations are used to purchase and ship copies of Dr. Curry’s books that will be gifted to literacy programs.
  • A few of the literacy programs Dr. Curry supports are:
    • B is for Books, 222 East 8th Avenue, Homestead, PA 15120
    •  The Big Free Bookstore, 5802 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Suite 158, Janaf shopping center, Norfolk VA 23502
    • Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter’s Reach out and Read Program
    • More to come!