Coach Sampson and The Cougars Join Nationwide Fight for Literacy

Houston, Texas (December 11, 2018) - Head Coach Kelvin Sampson and Houston Men’s Basketball continue in their partnership with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) to raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy in America and to provide support for young children struggling to read in Houston.

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The Cougars will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative on January 6th when the Memphis Tigers visit Hofheinz Pavilion. The AAC contest will tip-off at 5 P.M. CST with coverage on ESPNews.

Fight for Literacy Games bring coaches, players, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring our children can read.

To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, the Houston coaching staff will wear Coaching for Literacy’s Green for Literacy awareness kit, a green lapel pin and wrist band.

Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 71% of 4th graders in Texas are not proficient in reading. Houston Men’s Basketball is doing its part to help change the stat and encouraging fans to get involved in the cause.

JOIN THE COUGARS IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Fans can support young students in Houston by pledging a donation for each assist recorded by the Cougars from January 6th - January 16th. To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/cougarsforliteracy

Coaching for Literacy guarantees that 100% of funds raised will benefit children who take part in the literacy programs in Houston.

Fans are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer with local literacy programs by visiting coachingforliteracy.kindful.com/register/volunteer.  

IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY

  • 64% of American fourth graders are not reading at grade-level. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • 85% of juveniles in the court system cannot read. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, U.S. Department of Education)

  • Illiteracy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion annually in non-productivity among the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue. (National Council for Adult Learning, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

ABOUT COACHING FOR LITERACY

Coaching for Literacy is partnering with more than 50 NCAA programs in this season’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative.

Since 2014, our partners have helped us conduct over 100 Fight for Literacy Games with more than 50 NCAA teams. Donors across the country have assisted us in funding 77 literacy projects which supported more than 10,000 kids and 500 volunteers in 23 communities nationwide.

The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to use the power of sports to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and generate financial support for literacy programs nationwide.

To get involved in the nationwide advocacy work of Coaching for Literacy please visit www.coachingforliteracy.org and follow Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @CoachingforLit

For more information on the Fight for Literacy Games initiative please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org and follow Fight for Literacy Games on Twitter @FightForLitGame.

For Immediate Contact:

● Coaching for Literacy - Annabella Sills - annabella@coachingforliteracy.org - 601-447-5679

Coach Jankovich and The Mustangs Join Nationwide Fight for Literacy

Dallas, TX (December 4, 2018) - Head Coach Tim Jankovich and SMU’s Men’s Basketball continue in their partnership with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) to raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy in America and to provide support for young children struggling to read in Dallas.

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The Mustangs will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative on January 2, 2019 when the ECU Pirates visit Moody Coliseum. The AAC contest will tip-off at 7 P.M. CST with coverage on ESPN3. Fight for Literacy Games bring coaches, players, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring our children can read.

To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, the SMU coaching staff will wear Coaching for Literacy’s Green for Literacy awareness kit, showcasing a green tie provided by Peter Millar as well as a green lapel pin and wrist band.

Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 71% of 4th graders in Kansas are not proficient in reading. SMU Men’s Basketball is doing its part to help change the stat and encouraging fans to get involved in the cause.

JOIN THE MUSTANGS IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Fans can support young students in Dallas by pledging a donation for each assist recorded by the Mustangs from January 1st - January 12th.  To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/mustangsforliteracy

Coaching for Literacy guarantees that 100% of funds raised will benefit children who take part in the literacy programming of Readers 2 Leaders in Dallas.

Fans are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer with Readers 2 Leaders by visiting coachingforliteracy.kindful.com/register/volunteer.  

IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY

  • 64% of American fourth graders are not reading at grade-level. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • 85% of juveniles in the court system cannot read. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, U.S. Department of Education)

  • Illiteracy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion annually in non-productivity among the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue. (National Council for Adult Learning, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

ABOUT COACHING FOR LITERACY

Coaching for Literacy is partnering with more than 50 NCAA programs in this season’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative.

Since 2014, our partners have helped us conduct over 100 Fight for Literacy Games with more than 50 NCAA teams. Donors across the country have assisted us in funding 77 literacy projects which supported more than 10,000 kids and 500 volunteers in 23 communities nationwide.

The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to use the power of sports to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and generate financial support for literacy programs nationwide.

To get involved in the nationwide advocacy work of Coaching for Literacy please visit www.coachingforliteracy.org and follow Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @CoachingforLit.

For more information on the Fight for Literacy Games initiative please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org and follow Fight for Literacy Games on Twitter @FightForLitGame.

For Immediate Contact:

● Coaching for Literacy - Annabella Sills - annabella@coachingforliteracy.org - 601-447-5679


Coach Miller and The Wildcats Join Nationwide Fight for Literacy

Tucson, Arizona (December 4, 2018) -Head Coach Sean Miller and Arizona Men’s Basketball continue in their partnership with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) to raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy in America and to provide support for young children struggling to read in Tucson.

The Wildcats will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative on January 3rd when the Colorado Buffaloes visit McKale Memorial Center. The Pac-12 contest will tip-off at 8:30 P.M. MST with coverage on FS1.

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Fight for Literacy Games bring coaches, players, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring our children can read.

To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, the Arizona coaching staff will wear Coaching for Literacy’s Green for Literacy awareness kit, showcasing green lapel pins and wrist bands.

Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 70% of 4th graders in Arizona are not proficient in reading. Arizona Men’s Basketball is doing its part to help change the stat and encouraging fans to get involved in the cause.

JOIN THE WILDCATS IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Fans can support young students in Tucson by pledging a donation for each assist recorded by the Wildcats from January 3rd - January 12th. To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/wildcatsforliteracy

Coaching for Literacy guarantees that 100% of funds raised will benefit children who take part in the literacy programming of Literacy Connects in Tucson.

Fans are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer with Literacy Connects by visiting coachingforliteracy.kindful.com/register/volunteer.  

IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY

  • 64% of American fourth graders are not reading at grade-level. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • 85% of juveniles in the court system cannot read. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, U.S. Department of Education)

  • Illiteracy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion annually in non-productivity among the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue. (National Council for Adult Learning, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

ABOUT COACHING FOR LITERACY

Coaching for Literacy is partnering with more than 50 NCAA programs in this season’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative.

Since 2014, our partners have helped us conduct over 100 Fight for Literacy Games with more than 50 NCAA teams. Donors across the country have assisted us in funding 77 literacy projects which supported more than 10,000 kids and 500 volunteers in 23 communities nationwide.

The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to use the power of sports to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and generate financial support for literacy programs nationwide.

To get involved in the nationwide advocacy work of Coaching for Literacy please visit www.coachingforliteracy.org and follow Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @CoachingforLit.

For more information on the Fight for Literacy Games initiative please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org and follow Fight for Literacy Games on Twitter @FightForLitGame.

For Immediate Contact:

● Coaching for Literacy - Annabella Sills - annabella@coachingforliteracy.org - 601-447-5679


Coaching for Literacy and Jonathan Isaac Score Big for Local Literacy Efforts

Memphis, TN (October 30, 2018) - Coaching for Literacy (CFL) and Jonathan Isaac are teaming up to benefit school children in Orlando from kindergarten to 3rd grade. Isaac will host a Fight for Literacy Game on December 5th when the Orlando Magic face off against the Denver Nuggets. 

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Fight for Literacy Games raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy and generate financial support for effective, local literacy programs. As Jonathan takes the court on December 5th, he'll wear the color green to call attention to the importance of grade level reading. 

Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 59 percent of 4th graders in Florida do not read at the proficient level. To help change the stat, Magic fans can pledge a donation for each point Isaac scores during the four-game window from December 5 to December 13. 

One hundred percent of the funds raised will remain in Orlando to provide support to children participating in Orange County Public Schools Read2Succeed (OCPS) program. Jonathan Isaac will match up $5,000 of fan donations. 

“OCPS is very thankful for Jonathan Isaac’s desire to support young students through the power of literacy,” said Meg Bowen, director of elementary curriculum and instruction. “Our goal is to raise a total of $12,250 which would provide 3,500 books to a total of 500 students in the Read2Succeed program.” 

To Fight for Literacy with Jonathan Isaac and OCPS please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org/isaac

ISAAC GETS INVOLVED IN THE FIGHT FOR LITERACY

In his debut season with the Magic, Isaac displayed flashes of promise that have Orlando fans excited about the upcoming season. This promise of success on the court is matched by a willingness to make a positive impact off the court, a desire that was formed during his time as a member of the Florida State Seminoles.

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“After the Fight for Literacy Game with Florida State, I had the opportunity to read with elementary students in Tallahassee and my perspective changed,” said Isaac. “I made a decision right then and there to use my platform to try and provide kids the literacy skills necessary in life.”

As a Literacy Ambassador for Coaching for Literacy, Isaac lends his influence to support over 32 million illiterate Americans who struggle to complete everyday tasks like filling out a job application, registering to vote, and following instructions from a medical prescription.

“Our dream is to have all American children reading at grade-level by the end of 3rd grade,” said Ryan Viner, executive director of Coaching for Literacy. “This dream edges a little closer to reality with Jonathan’s decision to partner with us in the Fight for Literacy.”

ABOUT COACHING FOR LITERACY

Thanks to the support of its partners, Coaching for Literacy has conducted 103 Fight for Literacy Games funding over 75 literacy projects across more than 20 communities in 16 states and directly impacting over 10,000 children. The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to use the power of sports to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and generate financial support for literacy programs nationwide.

To learn more about how you can make a difference for literacy efforts in your community, visit coachingforliteracy.org.

Sources: 

  • National Assessment of Educational Progress

  • U.S. Department of Education

International Paper Presents Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Game with the LSU Tigers

LSU to host Fight for Literacy Game on December 9th

Baton Rouge, LA (November 16, 2018) -  LSU Men’s Basketball and Head Coach Will Wade are set to host a Fight for Literacy Game sponsored by International Paper.

Coaching for Literacy’s (CFL) Fight for Literacy Games bring coaches, players, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring America’s children can read.

The Tigers will host their Fight for Literacy Game on December 9th when LSU welcomes the Cardinals to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The game will tip-off at 1:00 P.M. CST with televised coverage scheduled for the SEC Network.

To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, the LSU coaching staff will wear Coaching for Literacy’s Green for Literacy awareness kit, showcasing a green tie provided by Peter Millar as well as a green lapel pin and wrist band.

“The stats show only 26% of 4th graders in Louisiana are reading at the proficient level,” said LSU head coach Will Wade. “International Paper’s sponsorship of Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Game initiative provides hope that we can change the statistic & create brighter futures for children through the power of literacy.”

TIGER FANS CAN GIVE THE POWER OF LITERACY TO LOCAL STUDENTS

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 74% of 4th graders in the state of Louisiana are not reading at the proficient level.

International Paper and LSU Men’s Basketball are working to change this statistic and invite Tiger fans to get involved in the statewide Fight for Literacy.

Fans can make a flat donation or donate for each assist the Tigers record over a four game stretch from December 9 - December 21. To donate today visit: www.pledgeit.org/tigersforliteracy.

To promote the importance of reading at grade-level by the end of 3rd grade International Paper will donate $3 for each use of the hashtag #IP4Literacy. For promotion guidelines and additional details, please visit www.coachingforliteracy.org/promotion-rules.

100% of all funds raised will remain in Louisiana and will enable positive impact at the following: Big Buddy Program (Baton Rouge), Central Elementary School (Bogalusa, LA), Fairview Alpha Elementary School (Campti, LA), and Mansfield Elementary School (Mansfield, LA)

To volunteer with participating literacy programs in Louisiana please register at  coachingforliteracy.kindful.com/register/volunteer.  

IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY

  • 65% of American fourth graders are not reading at grade-level. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • 85% of juveniles in the court system cannot read. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, U.S. Department of Education)

  • Illiteracy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion annually in non-productivity among the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue. (National Council for Adult Learning, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

ABOUT COACHING FOR LITERACY

Thanks to the support of its partners, Coaching for Literacy has conducted 103 Fight for Literacy Games funding over 75 literacy projects across more than 20 communities in 16 states and directly impacting over 10,000 children. The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to use the power of sports to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and generate financial support for literacy programs nationwide.

To learn more about how you can make a difference for literacy efforts in your community, visit coachingforliteracy.org.

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ABOUT INTERNATIONAL PAPER

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Russia and India. International Paper produces corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication.

International Paper is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employs approximately 52,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2017 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, their products, and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

For Immediate Contact:

  • Coaching for Literacy - Annabella Sills - annabella@coachingforliteracy.org - 601.447.5679

Coach Holtmann and The Buckeyes Join Nationwide Fight for Literacy

Columbus, Ohio (November 29, 2018) - Head Coach Chris Holtmann and Ohio State Men’s Basketball partner with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) for the first time to raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy in America and to provide support for young children struggling to read in Columbus.

The Buckeyes will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative on December 2nd when the Minnesota Golden Gophers visit Charles The Schottenstein Center. The Big 10 contest will tip-off at 6 P.M. CT with coverage on the Big 10 Network.

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Fight for Literacy Games bring coaches, players, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring our children can read.

To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, the Ohio State coaching staff will wear Coaching for Literacy’s Green for Literacy awareness kit, showcasing a green tie provided by Peter Millar as well as a green lapel pin and wrist band.

Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 61% of 4th graders in Ohio are not proficient in reading. Ohio State Men’s Basketball is doing its part to help change the stat and encouraging fans to get involved in the cause.

JOIN THE BUCKEYES IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Fans can support young students in Columbus by pledging a donation for each assist recorded by the Buckeyes from December 2nd - December 18th To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/buckeyesforliteracy.

Coaching for Literacy guarantees that 100% of funds raised will benefit children who take part in the literacy programming of the Second and Seven Foundation in Columbus.

Fans are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer with the Second and Seven Foundation by visiting coachingforliteracy.kindful.com/register/volunteer.  

IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY

  • 64% of American fourth graders are not reading at grade-level. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • 85% of juveniles in the court system cannot read. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, U.S. Department of Education)

  • Illiteracy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion annually in non-productivity among the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue. (National Council for Adult Learning, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

ABOUT COACHING FOR LITERACY

Coaching for Literacy is partnering with more than 50 NCAA programs in this season’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative.

Since 2014, our partners have helped us conduct over 100 Fight for Literacy Games with more than 50 NCAA teams. Donors across the country have assisted us in funding 77 literacy projects which supported more than 10,000 kids and 500 volunteers in 23 communities nationwide.

The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to use the power of sports to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and generate financial support for literacy programs nationwide.

To get involved in the nationwide advocacy work of Coaching for Literacy please visit www.coachingforliteracy.org and follow Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @CoachingforLit.

For more information on the Fight for Literacy Games initiative please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org and follow Fight for Literacy Games on Twitter @FightForLitGame.

For Immediate Contact:

● Coaching for Literacy - Annabella Sills - annabella@coachingforliteracy.org - 601-447-5679












Coach Larrañaga and The Hurricanes Join Nationwide Fight for Literacy

Miami, Florida (November 12, 2018) - Head Coach Jim Larrañaga and Miami Men’s Basketball continue in their partnership with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) to raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy in America and to provide support for young children struggling to read in Miami.

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The Hurricanes will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative on November 13th when the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks visit the Watsco Center. The contest will tip-off at 7 P.M. ET with coverage on ESPNU.

Fight for Literacy Games bring coaches, players, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring our children can read.

To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, the Miami coaching staff will wear Coaching for Literacy’s Green for Literacy awareness kit, showcasing a green tie provided by Peter Millar as well as a green lapel pin and wrist band.

Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 59% of 4th graders in Florida are not proficient in reading. Miami Men’s Basketball is doing its part to help change the stat and encouraging fans to get involved in the cause.

JOIN THE HURRICANES IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Fans can support young students in Miami by pledging a donation for each assist recorded by the Hurricanes from November 13th - November 23rd. To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/hurricanesforliteracy

Coaching for Literacy guarantees that 100% of funds raised will benefit children who take part in the literacy programming of the Frances S. Tucker Elementary School in Miami.

Fans are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer with the Frances S. Tucker Elementary School by visiting coachingforliteracy.kindful.com/register/volunteer.  

IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY

  • 64% of American fourth graders are not reading at grade-level. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • 85% of juveniles in the court system cannot read. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, U.S. Department of Education)

  • Illiteracy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion annually in non-productivity among the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue. (National Council for Adult Learning, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

ABOUT COACHING FOR LITERACY

Coaching for Literacy is partnering with more than 50 NCAA programs in this season’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative.

Since 2014, our partners have helped us conduct over 100 Fight for Literacy Games with more than 50 NCAA teams. Donors across the country have assisted us in funding 77 literacy projects which supported more than 10,000 kids and 500 volunteers in 23 communities nationwide.

The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to use the power of sports to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and generate financial support for literacy programs nationwide.

To get involved in the nationwide advocacy work of Coaching for Literacy please visit www.coachingforliteracy.org and follow Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @CoachingforLit.

For more information on the Fight for Literacy Games initiative please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org and follow Fight for Literacy Games on Twitter @FightForLitGame.

For Immediate Contact:

● Coaching for Literacy - Annabella Sills - annabella@coachingforliteracy.org - 601-447-5679



International Paper Commits To Fight for Literacy in Alabama

International Paper teams up with Coaching for Literacy to provide young students the fundamental skill they need to be successful: literacy. 

In celebration of International Literacy Day, International Paper announced that they are supporting Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative to benefit school children in Alabama from kindergarten to 3rd grade. 

International Paper is set to contribute $500,000 to generate literacy awareness and provide critical financial support to advance the work of effective local literacy programs. International Paper will sponsor six Fight for Literacy Games during the 2018-2019 NCAA men’s basketball season with the following teams: Alabama, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Memphis, and South Carolina.

“What an incredible gesture by the International Paper Foundation,” said Alabama men’s basketball coach Avery Johnson. “It’s so big on so many different levels. Only 29% percent of 4th graders in Alabama are reading at the proficient level. Thanks to the generosity of International Paper’s sponsorship of the Fight for Literacy Games, this initiative will create brighter futures for children through the power of literacy.”

Last season, International Paper’s Fight for Literacy Games with LSU and Memphis men’s basketball helped children like Kelly, a rising 3rd grader in Baton Rouge’s Big Buddy Program. During six weeks of summer literacy camp she made crafts and read books like The Secret Garden provided through the support of International Paper. The expansion of the program to Alabama and six total states promises to deliver more positive outcomes for students like Kelly.

“Thanks to generous donors and partners, we supported a summer reading initiative in Memphis and provided valuable books and materials to four literacy projects in Louisiana,” said Dr. Alissa Campbell Shaw, executive director of the International Paper Foundation. “We are thrilled to mobilize our people, products, and resources to support literacy efforts in communities where our employees live and work.”

Coaching for Literacy’s 100% Impact Promise ensures each donation made by Alabama fans will provide a direct, positive impact in the lives of aspiring readers at Alberta Head Start (Tuscaloosa, AL), Brantley Elementary School (Selma, AL), and F.S. Ervin Elementary School (Pine Hill, AL). To join International Paper in support of Alabama based literacy work through this season’s Fight for Literacy Game with the Alabama men’s basketball team please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org

Sources: Annie E. Casey Foundation – www.aecf.org

International Paper Commits To Fight for Literacy in Atlanta

International Paper teams up with Coaching for Literacy to provide young students the fundamental skill they need to be successful: literacy. 

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In celebration of International Literacy Day, International Paper announced that they are supporting Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative to benefit school children in Atlanta from kindergarten to 3rd grade. 

International Paper is set to contribute $500,000 to generate literacy awareness and provide critical financial support to advance the work of effective local literacy programs. International Paper will sponsor six Fight for Literacy Games during the 2018-2019 NCAA men’s basketball season with the following teams: Alabama, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Memphis, and South Carolina. TheFight for Literacy Games will  

“Only 34% of 4th graders in Georgia are reading at the proficient level,” said Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner. “International Paper’s sponsorship of the Fight for Literacy Games initiative provides hope that we can change the statistic and create brighter futures for children through the power of literacy.”

Last season, International Paper’s Fight for Literacy Games with LSU and Memphis men’s basketball helped children like Kelly, a rising 3rd grader in Baton Rouge’s Big Buddy Program. During six weeks of summer literacy camp she made crafts and read books like The Secret Garden provided through the support of International Paper. The expansion of the program to Georgia and six total states promises to deliver more positive outcomes for students like Kelly.

“Thanks to generous donors and partners, we supported a summer reading initiative in Memphis and provided valuable books and materials to four literacy projects in Louisiana,” said Dr. Alissa Campbell Shaw, executive director of the International Paper Foundation. “We are thrilled to mobilize our people, products, and resources to support literacy efforts in communities where our employees live and work.”

Coaching for Literacy’s 100% Impact Promise ensures each donation made by Georgia Tech fans will provide a direct, positive impact in the lives of aspiring readers through the programming of Get Georgia Reading. To join International Paper in support of Atlanta based literacy work through this season’s Fight for Literacy Game with the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org

International Paper Commits To Second Year in the Fight for Literacy

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International Paper teams up with Coaching for Literacy to provide young students in Louisiana the fundamental skill they need to be successful: literacy. 

In celebration of International Literacy Day, International Paper announced that they are continuing to support Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative to benefit school children in Louisiana from kindergarten to 3rd grade. 

International Paper is set to contribute $500,000 to generate literacy awareness and provide critical financial support to advance the work of effective local literacy programs. International Paper will sponsor six Fight for Literacy Games during the 2018-2019 NCAA men’s basketball season with the following teams: Alabama, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Memphis, and South Carolina. 

“I am very happy to be part of the Coaching for Literacy program with LSU Basketball again this season,” said LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade. “The stats show only 29% of 4th graders in Louisiana are reading at the proficient level. International Paper’s sponsorship of the Fight for Literacy Games initiative provides hope that we can change the statistic and create brighter futures for children through the power of literacy.”

Last season, International Paper’s Fight for Literacy Games with LSU and Memphis men’s basketball helped children like Kelly, a rising 3rd grader in Baton Rouge’s Big Buddy Program. During six weeks of summer literacy camp she made crafts and read books like The Secret Garden provided through the support of International Paper. 

“Thanks to generous donors and partners, we supported a summer reading initiative in Memphis and provided valuable books and materials to four literacy projects in Louisiana,” said Dr. Alissa Campbell Shaw, executive director of the International Paper Foundation. “The expansion of the program to six states promises to deliver more positive outcomes for students like Kelly in communities where our employees live and work.”

Coaching for Literacy’s 100% Impact Promise ensures each donation made by LSU fans will provide a direct, positive impact in the lives of aspiring readers at the Big Buddy Program, Bogalusa Central Elementary, Fairview Alpha Elementary, and Mansfield Elementary. To join International Paper in support of Louisiana based literacy work through this season’s Fight for Literacy Game with the LSU Tigers men’s basketball team please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org.

Sources: Annie E. Casey Foundation – www.aecf.org

International Paper Commits To Second Year in the Fight for Literacy

International Paper teams up with Coaching for Literacy to provide young students in Memphis the fundamental skill they need to be successful: literacy. 

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In celebration of International Literacy Day, International Paper announced that they are continuing to support Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative to benefit school children in the Memphis area from kindergarten to 3rd grade. 

International Paper is set to contribute $500,000 to generate literacy awareness and provide critical financial support to advance the work of effective local literacy programs. International Paper will sponsor six Fight for Literacy Games during the 2018-2019 NCAA men’s basketball season with the following teams: Alabama, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Memphis, and South Carolina. 

“Only 33% of 4th graders in Tennessee are reading at the proficient level,” said Memphis men’s basketball coach Penny Hardaway. “International Paper’s sponsorship of the Fight for Literacy Games initiative provides hope that we can change the statistic and create brighter futures for children through the power of literacy.”

Last season, International Paper’s Fight for Literacy Games with LSU and Memphis men’s basketball helped children like Jaden, a rising 3rd grader in MTR Camp, a summer education initiative in Memphis. During five weeks of camp, he received valuable literacy instruction from trained coaches and read books like The Secret Garden provided through the support of International Paper.  

“Thanks to generous donors and partners, we supported a summer reading initiative in Memphis and provided valuable books and materials to four literacy projects in Louisiana,” said Dr. Alissa Campbell Shaw, executive director of the International Paper Foundation. “The expansion of the program to six states promises to deliver more positive outcomes for students like Jaden in communities where our employees live and work.”

Coaching for Literacy’s 100% Impact Promise ensures each donation made by Memphis fans will provide a direct, positive impact in the lives of aspiring readers at MTR Camp. To join International Paper in support of Memphis based literacy work through this season’s Fight for Literacy Game with the Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org

Sources: Annie E. Casey Foundation – www.aecf.org

International Paper Commits To Second Year in the Fight for Literacy

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International Paper teams up with Coaching for Literacy to provide young students in six states the fundamental skill they need to be successful: literacy. 

Memphis, TN - (9.4.2018) - In celebration of International Literacy Day, International Paper announced that they are continuing to support Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative to benefit school children from kindergarten to 3rd grade. 

 During Fight for Literacy Games, partnering coaching staffs wear the color green to promote literacy awareness across the country.

During Fight for Literacy Games, partnering coaching staffs wear the color green to promote literacy awareness across the country.

International Paper is set to contribute $500,000 to generate literacy awareness and provide critical financial support to advance the work of effective local literacy programs. International Paper will sponsor six Fight for Literacy Games during the 2018-2019 NCAA men’s basketball season with the following teams: Alabama, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Memphis, and South Carolina. 

“Only 36% of 4th graders in the United States are reading at the proficient level,” said Coaching for Literacy executive director Ryan Viner. “International Paper’s sponsorship of the Fight for Literacy Games initiative provides hope that we can change the statistic and create brighter futures for children through the power of literacy.”

Last season, International Paper’s Fight for Literacy Games with LSU and Memphis men’s basketball helped children like Jaden, a rising 3rd grader in MTR Camp, a summer education initiative in Memphis. During five weeks of camp, he received valuable literacy instruction from trained coaches and read books like The Secret Garden provided through the support of International Paper.  

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Fight for Literacy Games equip young students with the literacy tools they need to be successful.

“Thanks to generous donors and partners, we supported a summer reading initiative in Memphis and provided valuable books and materials to four literacy projects in Louisiana,” said Dr. Alissa Campbell Shaw, executive director of the International Paper Foundation. “The expansion of the program to six states promises to deliver more positive outcomes for students like Jaden in communities where our employees live and work.”

Coaching for Literacy’s 100% Impact Promise ensures each donation made by the general public will provide a direct, positive impact in the lives of aspiring readers at MTR Camp. To join International Paper in support of local literacy work through this season’s Fight for Literacy Games please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org

Sources: Annie E. Casey Foundation – www.aecf.org

About Coaching for Literacy

Thanks to the support of its partners, Coaching for Literacy has conducted 103 Fight for Literacy Games funding over 75 literacy projects across more than 20 communities in 16 states and directly impacting over 10,000 children. The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to use the power of sports to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and generate financial support for literacy programs nationwide.

To learn more about how you can make a difference for literacy efforts in your community, visit coachingforliteracy.org.

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Russia and India. International Paper produces corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication.

International Paper is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employs approximately 52,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2017 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, their products, and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

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International Paper Helps MTR Camp Purchase Literacy Materials

The generous donation of over $7,500 from Coaching for Literacy and International Paper allowed MTR Camp to purchase students’ literacy materials. The academic summer camp aims to reduce the summer learning loss that disproportionately affects students in under-resourced communities. MTR Camp uses a camp environment to support students in two under-resourced Memphis neighborhoods maintain or grow in skills like reading level and sight word recognition.

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Students were surveyed to share their favorite part of MTR Camp, and one camper said, “Reading because it is fun.” The goal of MTR Camp is that students would capture a love for learning and reading, and the support from Coaching for Literacy and its affiliate sponsors helped that become true for Memphis students this summer.

Through the support of Coaching for Literacy and International Paper, campers had access to online reading material that provided books to them at their individual reading level, supplies for creative reading games, and 200 additional books for the library.

As a result of these interventions, 95% of campers maintained or grew in their reading level during the 2018 camp term. Over the course of the 5-week academic camp, campers demonstrated an average of 1.7 months of reading level growth. Additionally, campers recognized an average of 77 new sight words, which are commonly used words students memorize to avoid having to regularly decode them. 87% of campers maintained or grew in the number of sight words recognized.

This August in Memphis, participating students started the school year having gained or maintained valuable literacy skills that better prepared them to meet the opportunities and challenges of the next grade level.

Coaching for Literacy’s partnership with MTR Camp would not be possible without the support from generous donors. Together we can create lifelong readers by celebrating the love of literacy.

Dream Big Book Drive Greatly Impacts Community

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Each year since 2012, Book Harvest has marked MLK Day with a community-wide celebration of diversity, literacy and books for all children : The Dream Big Book Drive! On January 15, 2018, we gathered at Durham Central Park to enjoy fabulous entertainment, participate in games and creative family activities, meet some of our favorite mascots, and of course donate lots of books and prepare them to be shared with our community's kids! 

We collected 43,172 books, we served and celebrated alongside 802 fellow community members, we led 82 book drives in anticipation of the big day, and we raised $60,400 from 66 generous sponsors! 

Book Harvest's annual Dream Big Book Drive is inspired by Dr. King's vision of a world in which every child has the chance to realize his or her full potential. Book Harvest works all year to help children build home libraries with books they love and support families in achieving their family goals. Learn more and get involved at www.bookharvestnc.org! 

 

 

 

 

SMU Basketball Helps 90 Kids in Summer reading Program

Students who don’t get reading support during the summer lose two months of skills during their break from school. That’s why Readers 2 Leaders provides six weeks of high-dosage tutoring to 90 West Dallas students each summer. This year, students in our programs actually gained four months of skills! They will go back to school ready to learn, and a $1,409 gift from Southern Methodist University Fight For Literacy game fundraising helped make that possible.

 

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Fight For Literacy donors’ support helped children like Kharma, a rising 5th grader in 2018’s Team Read Summer Camp. During the six weeks of camp, she made crafts and read mystery books like The Secret Garden.

“I feel like I got better in reading this summer! I learned how to sound out words and I improved in spelling. Every time I left I would tell my cousin about what I learned and now she wants to come next year!”

Kharma started the summer at Tier 3, more than a year behind grade level. Because of her hard work and the help of her instructor and Reading Buddies, Kharma ended summer at Tier 1, meaning she will start 5th grade on level and ready to excel!

Readers 2 Leaders serves students throughout the year with high-quality reading tutoring that helps them catch up to grade level. We thank Peter Millar, Coaching For Literacy, and all our partners for believing in Dallas’s young readers and making sure they have the help they need to thrive.

 

90 West Dallas Students Gain 4 Months of Reading Skills

Students who don’t get reading support during the summer lose two months of skills during their break from school. That’s why Readers 2 Leaders provides six weeks of high-dosage tutoring to 90 West Dallas students each summer. This year, students in our programs actually gained four months of skills! They will go back to school ready to learn, and a $3,000 grant from Peter Millar helped make it possible.

 

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Peter Millar’s support helped children like Kharma, a rising 5th grader in 2018’s Team Read Summer Camp. During the six weeks of camp, she made crafts and read mystery books like The Secret Garden.

“I feel like I got better in reading this summer! I learned how to sound out words and I improved in spelling. Every time I left I would tell my cousin about what I learned and now she wants to come next year!”

Kharma started the summer at Tier 3, more than a year behind grade level. Because of her hard work and the help of her instructor and Reading Buddies, Kharma ended summer at Tier 1, meaning she will start 5th grade on level and ready to excel!

Readers 2 Leaders serves students throughout the year with high-quality reading tutoring that helps them catch up to grade level. We thank Peter Millar, Coaching For Literacy, and all our partners for believing in Dallas’s young readers and making sure they have the help they need to thrive.

17 Kids Attend Summer Literacy Program in Wichita

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Fundamental Learning Center (FLC) received more than $2,500 from Coaching For Literacy (CFL) donors, and we put every cent to work by granting scholarships for children to attend our summer literacy program, Reading Fundamentals. With CFL's help, 17 children in need were granted full or partial scholarships to be able to attend the program.

For six weeks, these children came to our facility for one hour a day, four times a week to work on reading, writing and spelling skills through our Alphabetic Phonics program. This curriculum is specifically designed to help children who struggle with these literacy skills. The children who attended our program had fun, gained confidence and improved their reading skills. This program was life-changing for many of the families that benefitted from scholarships.

"It gives me great joy to see my child thriving in areas that she would normally struggle in," said Carrie Haynes, mother of Layla, 9. "Since Layla attended Fundamental Learning Center over the summer, I've been inspired and flooded with emotion watching my child communicate with confidence."

 

500 Families Receive Books in Tallahassee

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With a vision that all children be prepared for success in school, the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region (ELC) is making moves with their early childhood literacy program called My First Books. The program was originally created to ensure that any and every child who entered their offices would leave with a children’s book from one of their “Word Gardens”. Soon, it became very clear that not all children would ever cross paths with their programs or services and ELC needed to continue their efforts outside their doors and into the communities they serve.

This year, ELC was honored to have been a partner with Coaching for Literacy and the Florida State University’s Men’s Basketball Team. The partnership allowed for an opportunity to expand awareness and access to early childhood reading in the Tallahassee community during the annual Word of South, a free, music and literature festival.

Because of the $1,466.31 that was raised, ELC was able to sponsor providing more families with copies of children’s books that were written and illustrated by authors and artists who were being showcased at the festival. Families would enjoy presentations of children’s books and works throughout the park. After, they would be directed to the Early Learning Coalition’s tents, where they would be greeted with a new book, a pillowcase printed with the words, “Read to Me My First Books” and the opportunity to meet and have their books signed by the authors and illustrators themselves.

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Initially, parents wondered about the books with the pillowcases, but they soon realized a pillowcase is the last thing a child sees before bed. What an easy way to remind the parent and the child that bed time is a great time to read their new book or any book. The ELC believes all children deserve to have access to their own little library of books, but they also believe that families, as a whole, need to understand the importance of reading and reading often, while keeping it engaging and fun!

Over 500 families came by the Early Learning Coalition tent the day of the festival. A number that could not have successfully been reached without this amazing partnership. A huge thank you goes out to Coaching for Literacy for its mission and vision and to FSU Men’s Basketball for trusting the process. The  ELC is honored to have been chosen to further spread literacy love in the Big Bend Region.

Books Sweeter than Candy for Kids in Georgia

For thousands of students in Georgia, Christmas comes early every year—in May, to be exact. That’s when Books for Keeps (BFK) sets up shop in school media centers with popular titles stacked on tables. Class by class, students enter the “pop-up bookstore” and choose 12 books for free to keep through the summer and beyond.

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“A lot of students tell us it’s their favorite day of the year,” said BFK Executive Director Leslie Hale. “They say it’s just like Christmas, except better, because they get to pick out exactly what they want. Picture a kid in a candy shop—but that level of excitement about books.”

BFK’s Stop Summer Slide! program is a research-based effort to end summer learning loss—the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.

For 11 months of the year, BFK’s three-person team collects, inspects, sorts, and boxes books to give them all away each May. Since 2009, BFK has provided more than 260,000 books to children from low-income families in grades Pre-K through 12.

Many children cannot—or do not—access their public libraries for reasons related to geography, transportation, or something as simple as an inability to pay fines for lost books. By middle school, the children from these families may be three grade-levels behind their peers. That gap is nearly insurmountable, and negatively affects their chances of graduating from high school.

BFK is building on a strong foundation of research to evaluate the program’s success, using testing data from the schools that are served and with the help of researchers at the University of Georgia. Their strategy is based on a study that revealed having access to books over the summer has a similar impact to attending summer school, but at a fraction of the cost.

Because of a generous gift of $3,000 to the Get Georgia Reading Campaign through a partnership between Peter Millar and Coaching for Literacy, a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving education to increase literacy and odds for future success, BFK distributed nearly 1,000 books at Dunbar Elementary—the first Atlanta school added to BFK’s list in 2014.

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“The vast majority of our schools are funded by cobbling together $1,000 here, $5,000 there, to get all the funding that’s needed,” said Hale. “So a $3,000 donation goes a long way toward reaching 80 students at that school.

BFK aims for books to be shared in the home—whether it’s a cookbook that a child looks forward to using with a parent or grandparent, or a story to share with younger siblings—to build cross-generational connections that inspire families to read together.

“While I was helping students check out their books at Dunbar, I noticed that almost every child chose books to give to a brother or sister who wasn’t there,” said Get Georgia Reading Campaign Project Manager Akia Lewis. “That speaks volumes to the hearts and generosity of our children, and their desire to give back—despite their own circumstances.”

For information on how to get involved with Books for Keeps, send an email to info@booksforkeeps.org or call 706-410-1912. Books for Keeps also has a great need for new or gently used books for children and young adults in Pre-K through 12th grade, and accepts books of any kind, for children or adults. You can send books to:

Books for Keeps
c/o Melanie Bradford
1050 Long Creek Drive
Bogart, GA  30622

Peter Millar, Coaching for Literacy, and the Impact on Literacy Nationwide

Memphis, TN (3.5. 2018) – Success in golf is all about fundamentals. Hours of repetition and practice ensure that a swing holds true during the most trying moments.

To have a shot at success in life, children must master the fundamental skill of reading. Hours of repetition and practice and, eventually, a child learns to read.

Unfortunately,  two out of three American third graders are reading below grade-level. Peter Millar is partnering with Coaching for Literacy to change this statistic.

PETER MILLAR & THE FIGHT FOR LITERACY GAMES

The North Carolina-based lifestyle and apparel company is a valuable teammate in Coaching for Literacy’s nationwide two-fold mission: raising awareness about the issue of illiteracy and generating financial support for effective literacy programs.

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As college basketball nears March Madness, fans may have noticed the color green courtside. During the 2017-2018 season, more than 40 NCAA programs have hosted Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games. In the effort to raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy, the coaching staffs wear CFL’s Green for Literacy awareness kit, showcasing a green tie provided by Peter Millar as well as a green lapel pin and wrist band.

“We are making the color green a national symbol for literacy,” said Trey Carroll, director of marketing for Coaching for Literacy. “When people see green ties on their favorite team’s coaching staff, we want them to ask ‘why’, which will hopefully lead them to an awareness about the issues connected with illiteracy. We are so grateful to have an incredible brand like Peter Millar making these ties.”


PETER MILLAR’S BIG IMPACT FOR LITERACY SUPPORT

In November, finding the right gift for friends or family for Christmas can be the top of a priority list. During this time, Peter Millar launched a campaign to give, not just receive.

The North Carolina-based lifestyle and apparel company donated a percentage of all online sales to support the Coaching for Literacy’s nationwide Fight for Literacy.

Peter Millar’s generous offer allowed customers to make a direct impact on the community while shopping for the holidays.

Ultimately, the dollars generated from the campaign ended up with five literacy programs nationwide. They include:

  • Readers2Leaders (Dallas, Texas)

  • Book’em (Nashville, Tennessee)

  • PS328 (New York City, New York)

  • Book Harvest (Durham, North Carolina)

  • Get Georgia Reading Campaign (Atlanta, Georgia)

“Peter Millar is proud to support the millions of young students nationwide struggling with illiteracy,” said Millie Graham, chief marketing officer at Peter Millar. “This partnership with Coaching for Literacy gives us the opportunity to generate critical awareness about the issue of illiteracy while providing assistance to effective literacy programs throughout major cities in America.”

REAL RESULTS

Funds allocated to literacy organizations will provide thousands of kids the opportunity to gain the important skill of literacy.

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“As children transition from the third to fourth grade, they must have the ability to read so that they can learn,” said Melissa Spradlin, executive director of Book’em in Nashville, Tennessee. “This is why we must work together as a society to improve reading at grade-level prior to fourth grade.”

The literacy programs supported through the initiative focus on literacy intervention with students third grade and below. With the funds received, these programs plan to support children struggling with literacy in one of three ways: new books and materials, assisted reading programs, or summer intervention reading camps.

“The main objective of this campaign and partnership with Peter Millar was to increase awareness around the issues connected to illiteracy in America,” said Ryan Viner, the executive director of Coaching for Literacy. “We want to make the Fight for Literacy America’s fight, and with the incredible, globally recognized brand Peter Millar, we moved a step closer to this.”

ABOUT COACHING FOR LITERACY

Thanks to the support of sports teams and generous donors, Coaching for Literacy has funded over 50 literacy projects across 20 communities in 11 states directly impacting 8,000 children.

The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to use the power of sports to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and generate financial support for literacy programs nationwide.

“We want to be for literacy what the pink ribbon is for breast cancer,” said John Wilfong, chairman of Coaching for Literacy’s board of directors. “To truly move the needle on illiteracy, we need more Americans aware of the problem.”

For more information about Coaching for Literacy please visit their website www.coachingforliteracy.org.

ABOUT PETER MILLAR

Founded in 2001, Peter Millar is one of today’s fastest growing and most sought after brands in the lifestyle apparel market. Peter Millar’s products range from their original signature cashmere sweater to a wide range of casual and formal wear.

Currently, Peter Millar’s design headquarters is located in Raleigh, NC while the business operations center is stationed in Durham, NC. Peter Millar is a global company, distributing their clothing over four continents.

For more information about Peter Millar please visit their website www.petermillar.com.

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  • Coaching for Literacy - Trey Carroll - trey@coachingforliteracy.org - 901.410.3633