Reading by 9

This highly recognized literacy program was developed by the Los Angeles Times and designed to help local children achieve grade-level reading skills by 9 years of age. Literacy is currently one of the most important social issues in our community. LA5 adopted Reading By 9 in 2000, with a 3-year commitment to the program of over $150,000. LA5 was instrumental in garnering wide-spread community support, including that of Goodwill Industries, The Salvation Army and other non-profits, education professionals, and book publisher Scholastic, Inc., which agreed to match book-for-book each new book ordered. Reading By 9 is currently widely supported and recognized for putting millions or recreational reading books into grade K-3 classrooms to encourage literacy.