The following letter was sent by the PHL Neighborhood Growth Project to neighborhood, business, and civic leaders.

If we want to live in a city with a world-class workforce where every neighborhood shares in an inclusive prosperity, we must ensure our citizens have the fundamental skills to thrive. That starts with getting all Philadelphia area children reading at grade level by 4th grade. 

The Read to Me Early Literacy Program at The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia seeks to provide quality classroom book collections to thousands of elementary-aged students and encourage children to read both in the classroom and at home. When we empower students with the necessary resources to succeed early in life, they will become more compassionate, productive members of our community. 

We recently had the opportunity to visit Ms. Barker’s classroom at Robert Morris Elementary as they received their bookbags and a brand new set of books.

Read to Me is currently looking for storytellers and program sponsors! Participating as a storyteller is a unique opportunity that allows you or your business to engage directly with schools and students at the annual Read to Me Storyteller Event later in the year. If you or someone from your business or organization is interested in becoming a storyteller, please click here for more information.

Thank you,
PHL Neighborhood Growth Project