Helping hurricane victims turn a new page in New Orleans

"The grim reality is that 42 million American adults are illiterate and over 50 million American adults cannot read past a fourth-grade level," said Takes.

"As an institution that is dedicated to developing the career skills of our students, we understand the need for a literate society and are proud to have had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Better World Books to help promote literacy within the United States."

Better World Books has collected more than 11.4 million books at 1,600 colleges and universities and 900 libraries, according to its Web site. It has raised more than $2.8 million for more than 80 literacy and educational organizations, such as Books for Africa, Room to Read, Worldfund, the Robinson Community Learning Center, the New Orleans Public Library Foundation and the NCFL.

NCFL has worked with more than 1 million families and has trained more than 150,000 teachers and volunteers, according to its Web site.

Emily Kirkpatrick, vice president of NCFL, said the program is part of a long-term recovery project for disaster relief.

" It is important to literacy to have families and citizens involved at all levels," she added.""

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