Although the Charleston County School District has seen a slight increase in reading levels, still one in seven students read below a fourth-grade level. So, the school district is participating in a literacy fundraising book campaign to help raise the awareness on the importance of literacy, service and community.
The campaign is called Third Cup Charleston, derived from New York Times Bestseller “Three Cups of Tea.” Greg Pressley is the organizer of the fundraiser.
There’s ten schools that are participating. The College of Charleston is participating by having their students go out into the Charleston County schools and read to the children. The project is centered around a book called ‘Three Cups of Tea.” It’s the story about a man named Greg Mortenson that is promoting peace through educating children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
This is regular citizens supporting their local community, it’s the College of Charleston supporting their local community, it’s also businesses supporting their local community. We have multiple businesses around the Charleston area that are participating. I would look at it as this is a community wide event, so if you want to do something for your community, I can’t think of anything better than literacy. Also, the book touches on service.
Pressley says they need donations to help these children improve literacy.
There is a website: www.thirdcupcharleston.com. When you go on to the website it will tell you all about the literacy initiative and it will tell you about the College of Charleston’s involvement, and what they are doing. It also has a donation page and you can go on and give a donation as small as ten dollars. Ten dollars buys two books for two children for the program. There’s going to be close to about 4,000 students who are going to be in the program next year.
Charleston is just one county in great need of the effort. Pressley says anyone who goes to the website is helping the community as a whole, one reader at a time.
Charleston County has a huge literacy problem. So, that’s one of the focuses of the school district and that’s where the program has kind of got its legs is seeing that need of literacy in the Charleston area.
The website to donate is www.thirdcupcharleston.com.