Share Your Favorites - Join Us!

Rhode Island Reads: The Campaign for 3rd Grade Reading (coordinated by the United Way of Rhode Island and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT) is working with the Governor's Children's Cabinet toward our shared goal of doubling the number of 3rd grade students reading proficiently by 2025.

Grade-level reading by the end of third grade is a leading indicator of future student success, including high school graduation. Students who can read fluently and joyfully by third grade are better positioned for success, and we all have a role to play in helping children to become successful readers.

During the week of November 27, we are asking that you join us in a "Share Your Favorites" social media campaign. That week, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, post a recommendation of your favorite book - and childhood books, in particular - using the hashtag #RIReads. Just one post and you'll be helping to bring awareness to our work!

We want to hear about the important role that reading has played in your life, and share that story with educators, students, and families. We also want to represent a diverse group of Rhode Islanders with different experiences and interests. We encourage you to post photos and videos, as well, illustrating your family's reading routines or sharing a few words about the stories that brought your imagination to life as a child. Here are some ideas:
  • Why is it your favorite book? 
  • What memories does it elicit? 
  • In what language did you first read the story?

Today, we have two requests for you: 

  1. Will you join us and "Share Your Favorites" on social media during the week of November 27?
  2. If you know of friends, family, or colleagues who you think would be willing to join the effort, please share this email. We want to flood social media with #RIReads posts, and we need your help! 

We all have a role to play in supporting childhood literacy, whether we're spending time with kids in a classroom, at the doctor's office, or at our dining room table. We need to help all kids understand that reading can be fun, and it will open doors for them in the future. If we talk to the kids in our lives about reading, engage them in conversation about books, and encourage them to read more, we can make a difference. 

With your help, we can meet the 3rd grade reading goal and put all Rhode Island students on a path to success. I hope you'll join us during the week of November 27. If you have any questions or would like suggested tweets, graphics, and other resources that may be helpful, please contact:

  • Meg Geoghegan, Communications Officer, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 
  • Katherine Chu, Communications Manager, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT