Coach Brownell and The Tigers Join Nationwide Fight for Literacy

Clemson, South Carolina (January 8, 2019) - Head Coach Brad Brownell and Clemson Men’s Basketball are beginning 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 Clemson.

The Tigers will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative on January 29th when the Pittsburgh Panthers visit Littlejohn Coliseum. The AAC contest will tip-off at 9:00 PM EST with coverage on ESPNU.

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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 Clemson 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 South Carolina are not proficient in reading . Clemson Men’s Basketball is doing its part to help change the stat and encouraging fans to get involved in the cause.

JOIN THE TIGERS IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Fans can support young students in Clemson by pledging a donation for each assist recorded by the Tigers from January 29th - February 9th To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/clemsontigersforliteracy

Coaching for Literacy guarantees that 100% of funds raised will benefit children who take part in a local literacy program in Clemson called Clemson University Reading Recovery.  

Fans are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer at a local literacy center in Clemson 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 - Chandler Ferguson - chandler@coachingforliteracy.org - 901-410-3633

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

Memphis to host Fight for Literacy Game on January 27th

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Memphis, TN (January 4, 2019) -  Memphis Men’s Basketball and Head Coach Penny Hardaway 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 January 27th when Memphis welcomes the UCF Knights to the FedEx Forum. The game will tip-off at 3 P.M. CT with televised coverage scheduled for CBSSN.

To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, the Memphis 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.

“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.

TIGER FANS CAN GIVE THE POWER OF LITERACY TO LOCAL STUDENTS

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 67% of 4th graders in the state of Tennessee are not reading at the proficient level.

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

Memphis fans can pledge a donation for each assist the Tigers record over a four game stretch starting January 27th to February 7th. To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/umtigersforliteracy   

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 Memphis and will enable positive impact at Memphis Teacher Residency’s MTR Camp.

To volunteer with participating literacy programs in Memphis 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.

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 - 901-410-1495


Coach Howland and The Bulldogs Join Nationwide Fight for Literacy

Starkville, Mississippi (January 4, 2019) - Head Coach Ben Howland and Mississippi State 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 Starkville.

The Bulldogs will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative on January 26th when the Auburn Tigers visit Humphrey Coliseum. The SEC contest will tip-off at 7:30 PM CST with coverage on SEC Network.

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

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To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, the Mississippi 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), 73% of 4th graders in Mississippi are not proficient in reading. Mississippi State Men’s Basketball is doing its part to help change the stat and encouraging fans to get involved in the cause.

JOIN THE BULLDOGS IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Fans are encouraged to sign up to volunteer with a local literacy program 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 - Chandler Ferguson - chandler@coachingforliteracy.org - 901-410-1495


Eric Konkol and LA Tech Join the Nationwide Fight for Literacy

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Ruston,LA (December 18, 2018) - Head Coach Eric Konkol and LA Tech 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 Ruston.

LA Tech will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative on January 12th when the MTSU Blue Raiders visit Thomas Assembly Center. The CUSA contest will tip-off at 4:00 p.m. CT with coverage on ESPN 3+.

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 LA Tech coaching staff will wear Coaching for Literacy’s Green for Literacy awareness kit, showcasing a green lapel pin and wrist band.

Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 74% of 4th graders in Louisiana are not proficient in reading. LA Tech Men’s Basketball is doing its part to help change the stat and encouraging fans to get involved in the cause.

JOIN LA TECH IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Fans can support young students in Ruston by pledging a donation for each assist recorded by LA Tech from 1.12 to 1.24 To make a pledge today visit: https://pledgeit.org/bulldawgsforliteracy

Coaching for Literacy guarantees that 100% of funds raised will benefit children who take part in the literacy programming of Dogs with a Cause in Ruston.

Fans are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer with Dogs with a Cause 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 Sanchez and The 49ers Join Nationwide Fight for Literacy

Charlotte, North Carolina (December 18, 2018) - Head Coach Ron Sanchez Charlotte’s Men’s Basketball begin 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 Charlotte.

The 49ers will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative on January 17th when the Southern Miss Golden Eagles visit Dale F. Halton Arena. The CUSA contest will tip-off at 7:00 P.M. ET.

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

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To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, the Charlotte 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 North Carolina are not proficient in reading. Charlotte Men’s Basketball is doing its part to help change the stat and encouraging fans to get involved in the cause.

JOIN THE 49ERS IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Fans can support young students in Charlotte by pledging a donation for each assist recorded by the 49ers from January 17th to January 24th. To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/49ersforliteracy

Coaching for Literacy guarantees that 100% of funds raised will benefit children who take part in the literacy programming of Reading with Norm in Charlotte.

Fans are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer with Reading with Norm 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 Hamilton and The Seminoles Join Nationwide Fight for Literacy

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Tallahassee, Florida (December 18, 2018)  - Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and Florida State 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 Tallahassee.

The Seminoles will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative on January 9th when the Miami Hurricanes visit the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. The AAC contest will tip-off at 9 P.M. ET  with coverage on RSN.

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 Florida 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), 59% of 4th graders in Florida are not proficient in reading. Florida State Men’s Basketball is doing its part to help change the stat and encouraging fans to get involved in the cause.

JOIN THE SEMINOLES IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Fans can support young students in Tallahassee by pledging a donation for each assist recorded by the Seminoles from January 9th - January 20th. To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/seminolesforliteracy

Coaching for Literacy guarantees that 100% of funds raised will benefit children who take part in the literacy programming of the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend in Tallahassee.

Fans are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer with the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend 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 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 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.  

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

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.

For Immediate Contact:

Coaching for Literacy - info@coachingforliteracy.org - 901.410.3633

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.