While the nation’s reading proficiency rates have improved for most demographic groups over the last decade, large disparities still exist by race and income status. Kansas is among the states where the literacy achievement gap widened. A national assessment for educational progress study (NAEP) shows that the gap in proficiency between low-income and high-income Kansas students grew from 24 percent to 32 percent over the last ten years.
Literacy Day at the Capitol will address the literacy achievement gap in the state of Kansas by mobilizing high school students to raise their voices and bring awareness to the critical issue. High school students from across Kansas will converge on the Kansas State Capitol for Literacy Day, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Our theme for the day is “Why Reading Matters.” The day will feature panel discussions, workshops and the opportunity to network and discuss these important issues with state leaders.
We will also recognize a Kansas youth as the “Outstanding Youth Literacy Advocate” during our Literacy Champions Luncheon. Our goal is to mobilize youth all across the state to take action to improve literacy. We ask that you encourage the youth that you serve to perform literacy tasks in your community between January 17th and March 2nd. Some examples of literacy service considered for the award include, but not limited to, reading to elementary students, volunteering at a local library, conducting a book drive, and distributing books to underserved children. Then nominate your deserving youth to be considered for the “Outstanding Youth Literacy Advocate” award by March 9th.
Nominate an "Outstanding Youth Literacy Advocate"