David Bruton Foundation
The David Bruton Foundation is a Donor Advised Fund established to support youth reading programs at schools and hospitals. Bruton’s Books will focus on schools across the Denver Metro area that reside in low-income communities where students are struggling to read proficiently. Bruton’s Books is partnered with the Colorado Reading Corps, a strategic program of Mile High United Way ’s School Readiness Initiative.
Low-income students’ reading achievement significantly trails that of their more affluent peers: 83 percent of all low-income fourth graders score below proficient compared to 67 percent of all fourth grade children. Half of all fourth graders from low-income families score below the “basic” reading level compared to one-third of all fourth graders. 1 For children of color from low-income families, the reading gap is even greater.*
The goal of the program is to ensure that all children are competent readers by the end of third grade.
*Annie E. Casey Foundation, EARLY WARNING! Why Reading By The End of Third Grade Matters, (Baltimore: Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2010).