Students celebrate reading at Slater & Perkerson Elementary

KPMG’s nationwide “Reading Relay” recently made its way to Perkerson and Thomas H. Slater Elementary Schools in Atlanta.

KPMG volunteers were joined by children’s author Christy Ziglar and V-103 radio host Egypt Sherrod as they read to students throughout the day.  Additionally, each student received five new books to take home.  The books were popular childhood literature pre-selected by KPMG employees across the nation.

At Slater, KPMG volunteers and Egypt Sherrod read to more than 500 students in their classrooms.  The Cat in the Hat also made a surprise visit to classrooms throughout the school. Students and faculty at Slater were dressed in their “toughest” gear to commemorate the day. Everyone dressed in camouflage attire to celebrate the school’s W.A.R (We all Read) initiative through Accelerated Reader.

KPMG’s Family for Literacy program is devoted to combating childhood illiteracy. Children who read below grade level in fourth grade are four times as likely to become high school drop-outs.

The toughest roadblock to literacy in low-income communities is a lack of access to books. Over the past five years, KPMG has distributed more than two million new books to children in need across the country.

About KPMG Family for Literacy:   As part of the Reading Relay, KPMG’s 90 offices across the country will conduct events at schools and organizations that serve children from low-income families at which KPMG people, spouses, other family members, and alumni will volunteer their time to read to children and give each student five new books — called the “First Five” collection — to take home with them.  The First Five collection, which represents the favorite children’s books as voted on by KPMG’s people, will be given on behalf of every one of KPMG’s more than 22,000 employees.  In total, 130,000 new books will be distributed.

Over the past five years, KPMG has distributed more than 2 million new books to children in need and refurbished the libraries of numerous schools.  Going forward, KPMG is donating new books on behalf of every new hire that joins the firm.

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