"Once you learn to read, you will forever be free." — Frederick Douglass
There truly is a sense of freedom in knowing you can learn anything you desire by reading the right book. Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys this advantage. In fact, 50% of American adults are unable to read an 8th grade level book, 21 million Americans can’t read at all, 3 out of 4 individuals on welfare are illiterate, 60% of American inmates are illiterate, and 85% of all juvenile offenders have reading problems. Are poor vocational prospects, prison time, and poverty your definition of freedom? It's certainly not mine either. That is why Reading Horizons has created a few simple (and free) ways for you to help liberate the world from illiteracy:
1. Lemons for Literacy – this is an online vocabulary game that helps individuals and schools earn free literacy materials. The more vocabulary words you correctly define, the closer the spotlight gets to earning free literacy materials!
2. Reading Horizons Online Workshop for Teachers – this resource provides teachers and parents with the training they need to effectively intervene when a child or adult is struggling with reading. Reading Horizons provides everyone free access to this resource for 30-days. If you aren’t working with a child or adult that needs reading help, you can share this link to help the teachers and parents in your network find this resource.
3. Reading Horizons At Home Affiliate Program – this program allows you to help the struggling readers in your network, and earn money for yourself! Upon signing up for the affiliate program, every time a purchase of Reading Horizons At Home products comes from your unique affiliate link- you will earn a commission! You can share your affiliate link through emails, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, a personal blog or website… anywhere you can post a link.
Here is an adult literacy instructor from UMASS-Dartmouth, discussing the freedom her students felt when they finally learned to read:
Celebrate your freedom this 4th of July by helping others gain theirs!