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Open the BOOK IT! program to all ages!

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Remember how many books you read in elementary school? A ton, right? And why was that? Two words: Book It.

BOOK IT! was created in 1985 and currently reaches over 14 million students in 38,000 elementary schools annually.BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza... but only if you are a K-6th grader. Why stop there? Here is a current look at literacy in America:

-According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can't read.That's 14 percent of the population.

-21 percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can't read.

-According to the Department of Justice, "The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure." The stats back up this claim: 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, and over 70 percent of inmates in America's prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.

My proposal to Pizza Hut is to open wide the gates and extend BOOK IT! participation to all ages. Bar none. They might not eliminate illiteracy, but they could take a huge bite out of it.It's time for a more literate America! WE WANT BOOK IT! FOR ALL!

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