A child’s literacy rate is the most accurate tool used to project their productivity in society. In 2017, according to NCES (National Center of Education Statistics) only 35% of public-school students are at or above proficiency in grade 4 reading. If a child is not reading proficiently by the 4th grade, they have a 78% chance of academic failure. Education is necessary in order to improve academic understanding as well as social and economic mobility throughout life. Share the Magic Foundation, through its In-School Programming + Virtual Reading Challenges, aims to transform the lives of young children through literacy, the tool necessary to learn and excel.