I am running my first ever half-marathon this July and I am running to support Open Books.
I run for Open Books not just because I love books and I think it's important that people read. But, because literacy is one of the most important tools we can provide to help all individuals gain access to the services they need -- education, financial assistance, health care, jobs, citizenship -- every step of our lives requires skills in reading. In other words, I run for Open Books to help ensure that the people of Chicago can read.
In Chicago, literacy rates are a problem: 49% of the city’s 4th graders are below basic levels of reading proficiency. Open Books works to improve our city's literacy rates. They do this by bringing reading buddies into classrooms; they do this by inviting students into the Open Books classrooms to write, publish, and perform those stories; they do this by giving students books to take home to start their own libraries-- they are giving students the confidence and skills they need to succeed in school and for the rest of their lives.
This year I am raising the bar on my goals to help Open Books: I am running a half-marathon and attempting to raise $1000. Please help me help transform the lives of thousands of kids in Chicago. Thank you!
Want to see how my training is going? Follow me on Instagram @Smittyheisen to see exciting pictures!