DENVER — It’s a stunning statistic. Up to 16 percent of Colorado high school graduates can only read at the fourth grade level.
A police officer turned CEO hopes to do something about that.
Ken Dunn runs a company called Readerslegacy.com. It’s basically a social media site for people who like to read books.
Now his site is vowing to give away 1 million books to children’s literacy organizations over the next two years.
“I fundamentally believe that if we can eradicate that issue in children’s literacy, if I can champion the cause of getting enough people to rally with me, then we can make a dramatic difference in that. And if we can do that, and we can educate the next generation of people, we can have a fundamental change,” Dunn said.
Dunn is looking for local organizations in need of books, and he says a chunk of all books sold on his social media site will help pay for the million book giveaway. He has given away more than 25,000 books since February.AlertMe