ABOUT THE DODGERS READING CHAMPIONSHIP
Los Angeles has one of the lowest literacy rates in the country. Nearly four million people, more than half of Los Angeles County’s working-age population, have low literacy skills, severely impacting their employ ability. In the Los Angeles Unified School District only 39% of students met English standards on the 2016 California Standard Test for English Language Arts.
To help address the literacy crisis in Los Angeles and get children excited about reading, the Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD) and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) have partnered to launch LA READS, a literacy campaign which includes the “Dodgers Reading Champions” literacy challenge. The goal of “Dodgers Reading Champions” is to motivate youth to read and help them build a lifelong love of reading. The challenge will also incentivize students in grades 1 – 8 who record more than 30 reading minutes per day.
Baseball is America’s pastime and more than just a game, it’s an industry. From the front office to the field, baseball requires people with skill sets rooted in the fundamental building block of learning: literacy. The ability to read and write enables front office executives, team management, administrative staff and the athletes themselves to work together to achieve a home run. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation hope to turn all LA children into “Dodgers Reading Champions”!
“Struggling students should read for at least 30 minutes a day to improve reading skills and prevent regression.”
Dianis, Barbara, MA ED. “Don’t Count Me Out! – A guide to better grades and test scores Pre-K – 12th