Monday, May 7, 2012
1 800 411 Pain Sponsors Book Fair at
Phillis Wheatley Elementary School
1 800 411 Pain has become very involved in charity events in the last several years. Primarily focusing on children, 411 Pain has directed most of their charitable efforts towards anti-bullying and literacy for kids. 1 800 411 Pain is a proud sponsor of The Prevention Team, a South Florida based program designed to educate students of all ages on the dangers of bullying. 411 Pain also regularly sponsors local book fairs for underprivileged youths. Since collaborating with The Scholastic Read and Rise Literacy Campaign, 1 800 411 Pain has made a huge impact in the community.
411 Pain’s next appearance will be at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School in Miami, Florida. The event will be held on May 15th in the evening. 1 800 411 Pain will be presenting a check for $1395 for 279 students. 411 Pain provides each student with a five dollar gift certificate in hopes of ensuring every child who attends the book fair leaves with a book.
Literacy rates vary greatly from state to state in the U.S. Statistics show that the ratio of books per child is significantly lesser in lower income households. For example, “In 2011, the National Institute for Literacy (NIL) estimated that 47 percent of adults in Detroit, Michigan are ‘functionally illiterate’, meaning they have trouble with reading, speaking, writing and computational skills. According to findings by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund, half of that illiterate population has obtained a high school diploma (Wikipedia.org).” These are extremely alarming figures considering that illiteracy rates are even higher on a global scale. Greatergood.org reports that “Over 780 million adults in the world are illiterate. On average, nearly one in three children does not complete five years of primary education, the minimum required for acquiring basic literacy.”
Illiteracy is a very large issue worldwide. 1 800 411 Pain is dedicated to limiting its prevalence among America’s youth as much as possible. Their sponsorship of book fairs such as the one being held at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, not only gives children the opportunity to own books. It gives them hope. Many of these students would be unable to purchase books on their own due to an inability to afford them. 411 Pain’s primary goal is helping these students succeed regardless of their economic background.
“1 800 411 PAIN is proud to continue our commitment to education,” said company owner Robert Lewin.
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