Mecklenburg County has a serious reading crisis.

More than half of all 3rd graders in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are not reading at grade level and they come from every single school, neighborhood and income level in this county. If kids can’t read, they lose confidence, fail in school and struggle in life – all at a cost our community and their families can’t afford.

That’s why we created Read Charlotte – a collaborative, community-wide movement to double the percentage of 3rd grade students reading at grade level from 40% now to 80% in 2025 – by starting at birth, working together and investing only in programs that work.

We have to do better and in a different way than has ever been done before – with everyone playing a role.

Our future depends on it.