One in four kids in the United States will not graduate high school.
Research proves that reading proficiently by the end of third grade is a significant milestone on the path to graduation. Third grade is a turning point at which children make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn.
This is important to me, I have a third grader.
As part of Target's Read With Me initiative, Target is helping more U.S. children reach this milestone through doubling it's current support of reading by setting a goal of $1 billion by 2015 donated to support education and helping children learn to read.
One of the best things you can do for your child's success is read to them every day. Join Target and pledge to commit to a regular reading schedule with a child; donating up to 2 million age-appropriate books to kids in need; and establishing a physical and virtual center of excellence for reading that will bring reading resources to children, parents and caring adults who need them.
The prize: a 16GB Wi-Fi enabled iPad and a selection of children’s books to read.
1. (Required): Tell us (comment below) about your favorite children’s book and/or your favorite time and place to read with your kids.
2. For an extra entry, tweet about this contest (I'm @busymom), and be sure to leave a separate comment with a link to your tweet.
2. One (1) winner will be picked randomly via Random.org from the comments.
3. Contest is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older
4. Winner(s) has 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise another winner will be drawn.
5. Hurry! Ends January 20, 2011 at 12am EST.
Also, please come by my blog, Busymom.net and say "hi" if you're so inspired!
Another thing, while you're here, check out (has sound) SWAGG, a cool way to load all those gift cards you got for Christmas onto your iPhone or Android. Shop online and in person using your phone.
This sweepstakes is only open to U.S. residents 18 years or older. A winning commenter will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 at 12:00am EST.
The winner will receive a 16GB Wi-Fi enabled iPad and a selection of children’s books, a prize package valued up to $599.
After the winner is notified, he or she has 48 hours to respond with their mailing address, phone number and ages of their children, so that Target can ship the prize and select books appropriate for their children.
If the winner does not reply in that time frame, he or she forfeits the prize and another winner will be drawn at random. Please note that we cannot ship the product to a P.O. Box.
In addition to the prizes (for giveaway) listed above, Target has given me compensation for my time. Please know that I support their children's literacy efforts, and I didn't get an iPad. The universe doesn't seem to want me to have one.