St. Lucie Reads is a public campaign to ensure that students are reading at grade level by 3rd grade. Through partnerships with local businesses and organizations, we are working together as a community to support the efforts of: school readiness, summer learning and school attendance. Learn more about how you can get involved and help make a difference in our community.
You, as a member of our community, need to care deeply about third-grade reading – even if you’ve already raised your children, never had children or know that your children can read just fine.
- Children who can’t read on grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely to not graduate high school.
- Every student who doesn’t graduate high school costs society an estimated $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes and productivity.
- Studies show children who don’t graduate high school earn 40% less annually than peers who do graduate, and at least a whopping 100% less annually than those who earn a bachelor’s degree. Click here for the report.
This greatly affects our community’s tax base and its social stability, not to mention its ability to lure high-paying employers looking for highly skilled workers.
So what would St. Lucie County look like without a strong workforce and stable families? Would there be more crime? What about the safety of our infrastructure? Would we have fewer parks, libraries and community centers?
Third-grade reading success matters to all of us because it directly impacts our quality of life.