We believe that we need to not only take responsibility for ourselves, but help those around us who need it.
St. Petersburg Florida (PRWEB)
March 28, 2017
The Executives, Staff & Clients of MGE: Management Experts joined forces with the U.S. Marine Corp to raise money to for the Toys for Tots Literacy Campaign at their Semi-Annual Graduation and Fundraiser Event at MGE’s St. Petersburg Office.
Despite a federal budget in excess of $70 billion, the U.S. ranks at number 14 internationally in literacy. Statistically, a direct relation can be a found between illiteracy and a number of the serious issues faced by our nation:
- Approximately 50 percent of the nation’s unemployed youth ages 16-21 are functional illiterate, with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs.
(US Department Health & Human Services).
- 60 percent of America’s prison inmates are illiterate, and 85% of all juvenile offenders have reading problems.
(U.S. Department of Education)
- 44 million adults in the U.S. can’t read well enough to read a simple story to a child. (National Adult Literacy Survey (1992) NCED, U.S. Department of Education)
- It is estimated that more than $2 billion is spent each year on students who repeat a grade because they have reading problems.
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
The Toys for Tots Literacy Program offers our nation’s most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and to succeed in life by providing them direct access to resources that will enhance their ability to read and to communicate effectively. Since 2008, Toys for Tots Literacy program has delivered millions of books to hundreds of thousands of underprivileged children.