As part of the National Governors Association's (NGA) Healthy America Initiative, Scholastic worked with the NGA to publish GO! Healthy Living for Kids. Through stories and games, GO! encourages young people to eat well, be physically active, and make good choices as they grow. It also offers parents and caregivers a look into the world of today's young people and suggests ways families can get healthy and be active together.
Scholastic, Heifer International, and First Lady Janet Huckabee formed an exciting alliance to demonstrate the power of how reading a book can help fight against hunger. The Arkansas Read to Feed Challenge is a statewide initiative that offers elementary school students an opportunity to read books and solicit pledges to provide economic resources to hungry families throughout the world. As a reward for participating in the program, students receive a Scholastic Gift Book and earn books for their school libraries.
The Children's Defense Fund is a private, non-profit organization focused on providing a strong and effective voice for children, paying particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. Scholastic partners with the Children's Defense Fund to introduce talented college students to the publishing world through an intensive internship program which takes place annually at Scholastic headquarters in New York City. Each year, the Fellows become full-time contributing members of the Scholastic Trade publishing teams. The group is assigned a special project to work on throughout the summer to enable them to apply their skills, abilities, and newly acquired experience in the real-world business environment. To learn more about the program, please visit the Scholastic CDF Fellows website.
Scholastic serves on the Corporate Advisory Board of The Children's Aid Society (CAS), a New York City-based nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the city's children and families. Each year, Scholastic executives host a six-week series at Scholastic's corporate headquarters that provides CAS students with the opportunity to participate in interactive workshops and career readiness seminars.
Countdown to Kindergarten is a Boston-based comprehensive effort to help children successfully transition from home or pre-school to kindergarten and to prepare parents for their vital roles as advocates and partners in their child's public education. The program includes year-round celebratory education and outreach activities for children, families, schools, and the larger Boston community. More than 6,000 Boston families are reached by this program each year and more than 12,000 first graders receive Scholastic books as they begin their education.
Scholastic supports Learning Leaders, a New York City-based,
non-profit organization that provides volunteer tutors to New
York City public schools with technical assistance and in-kind
contributions. Throughout the year, the organization recruits,
trains and supports more than 10,000 volunteers who work with
more than 140,000 students in 760 schools all over the city.
Scholastic is a sponsor of the Manhattan Borough President's
annual Parent Power Conference. Each year, the Borough President
invites parents from across the City for a one-day intensive
conference that focuses on fostering children's academic achievement.
PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning)
was founded to galvanize and coordinate corporate and community
involvement in New York City public education. Scholastic supports
the organization's programs, Books Matter and Principal for
a Day, with technical assistance and in-kind contributions.
Scholastic pledged a donation of one million books to the Robin Hood Foundation to seed the development of the organization's Reinventing the Public School Library initiative with the New York City Board of Education. In addition to the book donation, the company has provided financial support and significant technical assistance for this effort to renovate, redesign, and in some cases construct libraries in New York City public elementary schools. Established in 1988, The Robin Hood Foundation finds, funds and strengthens programs that help poor children and families in New York City.
Scholastic has teamed up with Univision's Todos a leer Reading Program by working with the network and 20 affiliate stations to supply books and educational materials to participating schools. Scholastic authors also visit Todos a leer schools to promote the joy of reading.