Nearly 1 in 4 children in the U.S. lives in poverty and most of them don’t have any books in their homes,” Julianne tells Celebrity Baby Scoop, who credits her upbringing as an “Army kid” living all over the country for opening her eyes to the reality of poverty in the United States. “You can see why these kids often fall behind in school, and then in life.”
More than 60 percent of low-income households have no books at all in their homes and only about one-third of American fourth-graders are proficient in reading. When poverty is added into the mix, a student who can’t read on grade level by third grade is 13 times less likely to graduate on time than his or her more proficient peers.
This Valentine’s Day, give children living in poverty a lifelong love of reading to help break the lifelong cycle of poverty, one Valentine at a time. For a $25 donation, purchasers get a 30-card boxed set of limited-edition Valentines from artists your children know and love. All proceeds go to Save the Children to support education, health and resiliency programs in the United States, and your donation is tax deductible.
Go to Save The Children or 1-800-728-3843 to place your order.