Five Reasons Why Illiteracy is Scary

If you can’t read, life can be pretty scary. Here are five reasons why everyone deserves to learn to read.

5. You can’t play Bananagrams™.

Or Wheel of Fortune™. Or Boggle™. Or Scrabble™. Or nearly any board games. And if you can’t play board games, how are you supposed to survive the holidays with your family?!



4. You might eat the nasty Halloween candy.

You know what we’re talking about. The candy that tastes like pureed insect larvae? The kind you usually siphon off for your parents to eat, because for some messed up reason they actually like it? Yeah, don’t eat that.



3. You can’t read the back of the cereal box when you’re eating breakfast.

Or check your Facebook, or check Twitter, or read the newspaper, or read text messages from your Mom.



2. You can’t get a job. At least not a good job

It’s a fact that if you can’t read well by third grade you are four times more likely to drop out of high school. And without a high school diploma or college degree, your options for finding a job are slim. That’s why Literacy First works one-on-one with kindergarten, first, and second graders to help them get up to grade level in reading. We create a path to lifelong success for all children to read by the time they reach third grade.



1. You’re trapped.

Doomed to live life at the 2nd grade level, you can’t succeed at school, you can’t get a job, and if you have kids you won’t be able to read to them. If you can’t read you will be forever trapped in a world that you can’t relate to where opportunities drift increasingly out of your reach.


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