More than half of all third-
That startling statistic caught the eye
“It's surprising,” said Honore Comfort, executive director of the Sonoma County Vintners, about the literacy rate. “And we also recognize that as you dig a little bit deeper, that's the rate all across Sonoma County, but there are pockets of Sonoma County where it's even higher.”
Raising local literacy rates has become a central focus of the fundraising efforts
Proceeds from “Fund the Future,” by far the largest of the 35 lots offered at the Sept. 1 auction, will be donated to three programs that help children with reading. The goal is to raise the third-grade literacy rate to 90 percent by 2018, Comfort said.
“We saw that there was an opportunity here to really select one cause, one focus, and make a big impact on the community,” she said. “We also wanted to invest where there was momentum building, and some sort of tools in place to help address the problem.”