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Building a Library for All Maine Students

(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

Program Provides Books for First Grade Students in Maine

(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 […]

DIRIGO READS ADDS 20 SCHOOLS FOR 2020-2021

BANGOR, ME – (August 26, 2020) – Dirigo Reads, a program that aims to put a book in the hands of every Maine first grader 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 […]

3,301 Books Given out to Maine First Graders

BANGOR, ME – (July, 16, 2020) – Dirigo Reads cofounders Dan and Karen Cashman are pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Dirigo Reads annual report, highlighting the success of the program’s first year. Dirigo Reads began July 1, 2019 with the goal of putting a book in the hands of every Maine first […]

DIRIGO READS TO ADD SCHOOLS FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

BANGOR, ME – (February 6, 2020) – Dirigo Reads, a program that aims to put a book in the hands of every Maine first grader each month during the school year by 2025, is looking to increase the number of schools that will participate in the program during the next school year. Dirigo Reads co-founders […]

A new reading program strives to put books in the hands of first graders

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

Dirigo Reads Gets SeDoMoCha First Graders Excited About Books

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

Making the Grade with Dirigo Reads

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