(News Center Maine / 207) – According to Educate Maine’s 2019 Education Indicators report, only about 36% of our 4th grade students are at or above proficiency in reading. While there are likely varying factors behind that number, it’s a percentage rate that continues through the 8th grade. Building a Library for All Maine Students
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(Village Soup) – Dirigo Reads, a program that aims to put a book in the hands of Maine first graders each month during the school year by 2025, is announcing the addition of 20 schools that will participate in the program during the next school year. This brings the total number of participating schools to 26 […]
12/2/19 (Bangor Daily News) – For both Dan and Karen Cashman, childhood revolved around books. With mothers who were librarians, they were each exposed to reading at an early age. They devoured timeless favorites like Ramona Quimby and the Berenstain Bears as well as authors like Roald Dahl.
10/22/19 (WABI-TV) – Dirigo Reads is a new program that strives to get books in the hands of first graders. With help from Machias Savings Bank, Dirigo Reads hopes to put a new book in the hands of every first grader in the state for every month of the school year by 2025. https://www.wabi.tv/content/news/A-new-reading-program-strives-to-put-books-in-the-hands-of-first-grades-563653111.html
9/20/19 (Piscataquis Observer) – SeDoMoCha School officials were excited to welcome some special guests into grade 1 classrooms on Sept. 19. Dan and Karen Cashman, who are the co-founders of Dirigo Reads, came to deliver a brand new book to each first-grade student. Dirigo Reads gets SeDoMoCha first-graders excited about books
9/9/19 (WAGM) – Shawn Cunningham talks with Dan Cashman of Dirigo Reads and RSU 34 Superintendent Tim Doak about a new program to help improve literacy. https://www.wagmtv.com/content/news/Making-The-Grade-9919-560225371.html
8/22/19 (WABI-TV5) Dirigo Reads will begin in six communities starting in September… These towns include Brewer, Caribou, Castine, Dover-Foxcroft, Machias, and Madison. https://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Program-launched-to-provide-all-first-graders-with-books-in-Maine–557900051.html
A new program called “Dirigo Reads” is aiming to put a brand-new book in the hands of every Maine first-grader each month of the school year by 2025.
The launch of a new program that aims to put a book in the hands of every Maine first grader each month during the school year by 2025 was announced today. Dirigo Reads is co-founded by Dan and Karen Cashman of Brewer and operationally supported by United Way of Eastern Maine. The mission of the […]