The Traditional Home Magazine 2005 Classic Woman Award

We all know her. She’s the one who always thinks of someone else before she thinks of herself. And she doesn’t just think – she acts, tirelessly giving her time and her energies to make life better for those in her community who are less fortunate. Now it’s time for us to give back to her.

Robin Ferst Howser is such a woman, one who is making a positive difference in her community – through the formation of Ferst Readers and her volunteer work through this special early literacy initiative.

Recognizing Robin as an incredible woman with her commitment and level of volunteerism placing her at the top of the nomination list, she has been chosen as one of 6 recipients in the nation to be awarded the Traditional Home 2005 Classic Woman.

Celebrating the spirit of her volunteerism, Robin will be featured in the November 2005 issue of Traditional Home magazine.

Literacy Facts

Did You Know?

  • 1 in 5 of our children lives in poverty
  • Approximately 61 percent of low-income families do not have a single piece of reading material suitable for a child
  • A third of our children come to school unprepared to learn
  • One in four children in America grow up without learning how to read
  • The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home
  • Students who do not read proficiently by the 3rd grade are 4 times likelier to drop out of school
  • Children from middle-income homes have on average 13 books per child. There is only one book for every 300 children in low-income neighborhoods


With your help, this can change…

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