Local businesses partner with Coaching for Literacy in Fight for Literacy Week

Funds raised to support Memphis Teacher Residency’s MTR Camp

Memphis, TN (January 18, 2019) - Local businesses and restaurants join Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers in Coaching for Literacy’s (CFL) Fight for Literacy Week presented by International Paper.

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Fight for Literacy Week begins January 21st and ends January 27th. Participating businesses will raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy and donate a portion of sales to Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR). The week culminates at CFL’s Fight for Literacy Game with the Memphis Tigers on January 27th at 3:00 P.M. CT.

Funds raised through Fight for Literacy Week will give local elementary school students crucial literacy training during the summer through Memphis Teacher Residency’s MTR Camp.  

MEMPHIANS CAN GIVE THE POWER OF LITERACY TO LOCAL STUDENTS

Memphians can visit the following local restaurants and businesses from January 21-27 and make a difference in our community: Central BBQ, Kooky Canuck, Lisa’s Lunchbox, Mempops, Oak Hall, Pimentos, and Vineyard Vines.

To learn more about where to go and when you can give the power of literacy to local kids at MTR Camp visit www.coachingforliteracy.org.

TIGER FANS CAN JOIN PENNY HARDAWAY IN THE FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Memphis fans can make a flat donation or pledge a donation for each assist the Tigers record from January 27th to February 7th. To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/umtigersforliteracy   

“Only 33% of 4th graders in TN 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,”  Memphis Tigers Head Coach, Penny Hardaway.

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.

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 - Chandler Ferguson - chandler@coachingforliteracy.org - 901.410.3633

Coaching for Literacy

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