On March 2nd, McDonald’s franchisees celebrated National Read across America Day by partnering with literacy-focused nonprofits to highlight the importance of early childhood education. In collaboration with Read Ahead and Books for Kids, men and women who own local McDonald’s restaurants donated more than 300 Happy Meal books to support efforts to make reading accessible to children across our local communities.
“Reading is essential in inspiring children to learn, explore and achieve, and yet far too many children in our communities do not have enough access to this basic resource,” said McDonald’s franchisee Ronald Bailey. “We’re so glad to partner with Read Ahead and Books for Kids to promote child literacy on Read across America Day.”
“Read Ahead tackles the growing inequity in the New York City area by providing under-resourced public schools access to corporate mentors who help grow students’ confidence, love of reading, and critical social-emotional skills, daring them to dream big at the beginning: the beginning of their academic careers and lives,” said Kristen Baldwin, Executive Director of Read Ahead. “We are delighted to partner with McDonald’s and Books for Kids to celebrate Read across America Day and place quality Harper Collins published books in the hands of our students.”
“We are thrilled to partner with McDonald’s to bring high-quality books to the children at Lenox Avenue Early Childhood Center,” said Books for Kids Executive Director Amanda Hirsh. “Together we work to eradicate illiteracy in this country by providing a much-needed resource for many families in need.”