Staying the Course for Kids and Families

For many in Pickens County, things went from “bad” to “worse” because of COVID-19. A staggering 69% of 3rd graders tested “not reading at grade level” when evaluated this fall.  Hardworking families, who were already just barely surviving, were plunged into poverty without a safety net.

Our pre-pandemic goals to improve 3rd grade reading and reduce poverty in our community are more important than ever. Your gift today will help make sure that:

  1. 70% of 3rd graders will read on grade level by 2025; and
  2. 3,000 neighbors will develop a pathway out of poverty by 2030.

The battle isn’t over just yet. Your neighbors still need you. Please give securely today.


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