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Read! Reading Success by 4th Grade is a community initiative with the goal of ALL of Springfield’s children reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.

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Springfield City Library New Home to Reading Success by 4th Grade!

The Springfield City Library is the new community-based home for the Reading Success by 4th Grade initiative, after previously being managed by The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation since the initiative's launch in 2009. Chrissy Howard is the new manager of Reading Success by 4th Grade, who brings with her a deep understanding of the initiative's work. 

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Chrissy Howard
Posted on: Aug 30,2019
We Work Together: Partnership Spotlight
By Chrissy Howard, Manager of Reading Success by 4th Grade, Jennifer Teehan Sanford, Project Manager of Home City Families an…
Posted on: Aug 20,2019
Featured on MassLive: Chrissy Howard says literacy effort is about changing lives
Chrissy Howard is on a mission. Together with scores of partners in the Springfield community, she hopes to one day see increasi…
Chrissy Howard
Posted on: Aug 19,2019
Partner Spotlight: Gray House
By Chrissy Howard, Manager of Reading Success by 4th Grade and Teresa Liberti, Executive Director of Gray House

#413reads Winners

See our Pride gift card winners sharing their reading photos and favorite books! Learn more about the program

Clarence Smith

Clarence Smith

Final Touch Barber Shop is a local business committed to helping make every child a reader!

Xiomara Pérez

Xiomara Pérez

We love to read Knuffle Bunny, my children love that the book has many funny words.

Hope Ross

Hope Ross

My daughter, Gaia, and I love reading books before bedtime, while we're out and about, and we always make some time each day to sit as a family and read!

Sol Arroyo

Sol Arroyo

My daughter, Sophia, and I are reading Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. My baby love colors, so I read to her about all the beautiful colors!

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