Family Learning Institute in Ann Arbor kicks off annual fundraiser to promote childhood literacy

Children’s Book Week takes place May 2-9

A boy reads under a tree. (Pixabay)

ANN ARBOR – The Family Learning Institute is hosting its second annual Bookin’ It For Kids Fun Run to ensure every child in the greater Ann Arbor community excels in reading.

The event coincides with the biannual Children’s Book Week, which takes place May 2-9.

“Our mission is to help economically disadvantaged kids that struggle to read, get to grade-level literacy,” reads the event website.

This year’s virtual event challenges participants to read, run or walk for 20 minutes every day. You can run or walk in your neighborhood or in popular outdoor spots like Gallup Park or Nichols Arboretum.

The Family Learning Institute will also be releasing a short video featuring community leaders reading a passage from their favorite book and sharing why reading is important to them.

Registration is $35 per person, and everyone who signs up will receive a T-shirt and a medal.

To sign up, click here.

Since 1998, the Family Learning Institute has offered individualized tutoring for local elementary school students, focusing on one-to-one learning with professional teachers and volunteer “coaches.” From a book giveaway program and a lending library to follow-up testing and summer programming, the institute offers multiple supports to ensure success.

For more information or to make a donation, visit

About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.