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Monday, September 23, 2013

826 National Receives Library of Congress Award!

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We are thrilled to share that 826 National has received the inaugural 2013 Library of Congress American Literacy Prize, an award that comes with a $50,000 grant and significant recognition. The Library of Congress Literacy Awards, a new program originated and sponsored by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, were created to help support organizations working to alleviate the problems of illiteracy and aliteracy in the United States and abroad.

Of the nearly 200 applicants, 826 National joins Reach Out and Read and PlanetRead - India, which were also recognized this Sunday at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. The American Literacy Prize is a major accomplishment for the entire 826 writing network. This honor validates the immense efforts of our staff and board, and the generous support provided by our volunteers and donors who enable us to achieve our important mission. Our heartfelt thanks for your commitment to our students, which has made this award possible.

In his letter to 826 National, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington stated, “We believe your organization’s 10-year history of addressing community literacy problems through storefronts in eight cities across the country exemplifies an innovative and unique approach to helping at-risk K-12 students achieve reading and writing proficiency.” As part of this program, the Library of Congress will feature 826 National in a publication that highlights best practices in education. Congratulations to us all!