We are grateful to those of you who participated in last year’s book drive to help ensure students in Mobile are able to read at the appropriate level by fourth grade. Because of your generosity, we were able to provide more than 600 books to children through the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama and Morningside Elementary School.

Unfortunately, the literacy battle continues with data indicating approximately 66% of fourth graders in public schools nationwide are reading below proficient levels. If we do not ensure all children gain the appropriate reading skills to be successful, their future economic prospects will be dim and our economy will lag.

Mobile SHRM would like to continue the fight for reading proficiency through our Workforce Readiness Initiative for 2017. We are kicking off the initiative in March in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and will continue through the end of the school year in May.

  • We are asking members to volunteer to read to a class or group students for at least one hour during that time.
  • Our focus will be on students in K-3 classes attending public schools – particularly in underserved areas of our community.
  • We will be happy to coordinate the scheduling for you or, if you prefer, you may schedule directly with a school of your choice.
  • You may want to consider making this a company-wide initiative!
  • Please report your hours to Mobile SHRM, so we an keep a record of members' efforts.

 For questions or more information, please contact Maria Harkins, Workforce Readiness Director at Let’s all work toward building a strong future workforce for Mobile!