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Board endorses Vision2Read literacy campaign

Vision2Read_Logo_FINALVision2Read, a year-long campaign designed to help improve literacy throughout San Bernardino County by connecting people to literacy programs – whether they need help or are able to help – was endorsed by the Board of Supervisors today as part of its recognition of National Literacy Month.

About 60 percent of San Bernardino County third graders are not proficient in reading, scoring lower than their peers in neighboring Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties on the 2013 California Standards Test. Reading at grade level by the third grade is one of the greatest predictors of children’s success in school, their likelihood of going to college, and their future earning potential, according to a 2010 study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

“Vision2Read is an opportunity for all sectors and members of the San Bernardino County community to engage and take action to support literacy and the success of every child from cradle to career,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Literacy has a profound impact on several elements of the Vision we have for our county, including jobs and the economy, public safety, education, and wellness.”

The Vision2Read campaign kicks off with a Saturday, Sept. 19 Family Reading Rally held by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools at Cal State University San Bernardino. More than 5,000 children and their families are expected to attend the Reading Rally from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to participate in interactive workshops, learn about the importance of reading and obtain free books.

Throughout the year, will serve as a reading and literacy portal to include literacy facts, resources and services, event information and volunteer opportunities in partnership with the United Ways of San Bernardino County and its 2-1-1 San Bernardino County and HandsOn Inland Empire programs. The web site will go live next week.

All of San Bernardino County is encouraged to get involved in Vision2Read to help raise the bar for literacy in our community and advance our efforts to achieve the Countywide Vision, adopted in June 2011 by the Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino Associated Governments Board of Directors, which includes the County Board members and a mayor or council member from each of the county’s 24 cities and towns.

Vision2Read helps achieve both regional goals of the Countywide Vision – supporting the success of every child from cradle to career and establishing the county as a model in the state where local government, regulatory agencies and communities are truly business-friendly.

8 Responses to Board endorses Vision2Read literacy campaign

  • We are a literacy program that teaches that reading can be fun. Join us as we join Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® a global campaign that generates public support for high-quality early learning and highlights the importance of building children’’s vocabulary and love for reading. We will be at the Victorville City Library and the Victor Valley Rescue Mission on October 22, 2015, reading Not Norman. Each child present will receive a free book.

  • Hello, this is wonderful news! We are in the process of piloting a “Reading Program” for elementary school age children in the various school districts we currently serve. As soon as the pilot is completed, the plans are to roll this out to schools that we serve in the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley. We agree that reading is very important and want to help by awarding those who are selected by the district! If you are interested in more details about our program, just give me a call at (909) 986-4552 ext. 289. My name is Michelle Lemoine and I am the Director of Business Development with Chaffey Federal Credit Union. Thank you and good luck!

    • That is wonderful Michelle! If you have programs that you are willing to let the public know about to participate in, please visit and click on How to Help or contact Denise School at HandsOn Inland Empire at (909) 980-2857 ext. 223 to have your program listed in their volunteer opportunities listings for literacy.

  • Want more free information thankyou

  • I am all for literacy programs, I am interested in going into the Juvenile Justice System with a Literacy Project, I need support and Community Partners

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