Chicago is not only known for its winds, but also for its poor education system and gang violence. One major result of this is unfortunately illiteracy.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 79% of Chicago 8th graders are not proficient in reading. And, according to The Whitehouse, only 53% of adults in the city are literate. To combat this issue, the city recently adopted an innovative new approach to inspire more citizens to read.
For a week in October, the city held Chicago Ideas Week, a seven-day celebration of innovation and local business. One of the bright ideas during this week was for Chicago Transit Authority to launch the ‘Books on the L’ programs as sort of a moving library.
The passengers were asked to leave the books behind once they got off at their stop so that other riders could also benefit from the words of wisdom.
“It fits in with our general mission to spread ideas,” said Chicago Ideas Week managing editor Erin Robertson. “It’s great for people to find something on the El that’s such a positive initiative. It’s a really positive way to start or end your day.”
So far, the project is getting an array of feedback on social media through the hashtag, #BooksontheL. And it’s not just riders who push the ideas – publisher support is a key element to the success of the project.
This article was republished from TrueActivist.com