Pizza Hut® is on a mission to inspire young readers across America. With the help of First Book®, we're making sure books and educational resources get to the people who need them most. Discover how even the smallest donation can make an impact
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If you ask someone to recall their favorite childhood book, they'll usually smile and can name it right away, because they have strong, positive memories of reading it. Books not only make memories, they open the door to a child's future. Children who read well by the fourth grade are four times more likely to complete high school1. But – a lack of books in the home is directly linked to lower reading proficiency. Nationwide, 65 percent of fourth-graders read below grade-level. That's as many 25 million children who do not read well2. This is a fundamental issue for communities, but together we can help start a new chapter.
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Pizza Hut believes education is the key to unlocking a person's full potential, and we believe that educational success is rooted in childhood reading skills. Since 1984, Pizza Hut has nurtured a love of reading through the BOOK IT! Program – inspiring 1-in-5 Americans along the way! Now, through The Literacy Project, we have an even greater goal – to transform the lives of 100 million people in just 10 years, by enabling access to books and educational resources, empowering teachers and inspiring readers.
All funds donated through The Literacy Project go to First Book, a non-profit social enterprise, to help provide free books that are age-appropriate and culturally-relevant to children in need in communities like yours. When you give to The Literacy Project, you help children in your community and across the nation have a better chance to succeed in life.
Are you an educator or program leader serving kids in need? Click below to sign up with First Book.