KPMG’s Family for Literacy Donates More than 2,050 New Books to Students at Shields Elementary School in Brighton Park

KPMG’s Family for Literacy Donates More than 2,050 New Books to Students at Shields Elementary School in Brighton Park

Book donation to expand literacy programming; advance United Way education initiatives

September 5, 2014, Chicago, IL – KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, is donating 2,050 books to first- and second-grade students at Shields Elementary on September 8th as part of International Literacy Day. The contribution completes a 2,500-book donation that started over the summer with kindergartners enrolled in the Brighton Park summer reading program.

In celebration of National Literacy Day, on September 8th KPMG will visit Shield’s Elementary School to present the book donation and participate in classroom “read alouds” in first and second grade classrooms. The presentation will take place at 8:45am with read alouds following the presentation.

KPMG’s support is part of the KPMG Family for Literacy program, which is committed to investing in the education and future of the children in Chicago communities.

“It is particularly meaningful for us to return to Brighton Park and to work with members of the community and Shields Elementary to encourage reading in our youngest students,” said Pat Canning, KPMG managing partner, Chicago office. “We have seen firsthand the lasting and positive impacts of teaching children the love of reading at an early age, and we are pleased to be part of this important community effort.”

KPMG chose to invest in Brighton Park to support United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s LIVE UNITED Neighborhood Network in the community. The Neighborhood Network, led by the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, coordinates community organizations to develop coordinated strategies to address community issues and provide expanded programs for students and families in the neighborhood.

“This added support from KPMG’s Family for Literacy is a great illustration of the power of Neighborhood Networks to bring new and enhanced resources to communities to advance goals in the areas of education, income and health” said Wendy DuBoe, President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. “KPMG knows what proficiency in reading means for a child’s educational attainment, and we were able to connect them with a real need and special opportunity in Brighton Park. They immediately stepped up, and we’re proud to be working with them.”

Brighton Park is the second fastest growing community in the city of Chicago and has had a 235% increase of the number of children living in poverty from 1990-2005. The donation from KPMG’s Family for Literacy will provide books for students in first and second grades to use in classroom exercises and special literary projects throughout the school year. The books will also be used for after school programming.

“Reading for pleasure is a building block for success in school, career and life. Sadly, too many of our students are not provided the resources to have the necessary books in their classrooms or at home. Now, thanks to the generosity of KPMG and United Way, our children will be given the opportunity to build home and classroom libraries” said Shields Elementary School Principal, Susan Daly Rodriguez.

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About KPMG LLP KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (www.kpmg.com/us), is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s member firms have 155,000 professionals, including more than 8,600 partners, in 155 countries.

About United Way of Metropolitan Chicago United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is part of a network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. Locally, the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) support system includes North-Northwest United Way, United Way of DuPage/West Cook and South-Southwest Suburban United Way. UWMC serves as the backbone organization generating coordinating resources across funders, service providers, government and civic leaders to deliver large-scale, measurable and sustainable impact across our region. Additional information is available at http://uw-mc.org/