Oregon bank throws support behind statewide early-childhood books initiative

October 6, 2014

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Sep 29, 2014 by 

Umpqua Bank is taking part in what looks to be a major statewide literacy program launching on Monday.

Umpqua will join Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber at Bridger Elementary School in Southeast Portland to launch stORytime. The effort aims to help children read by the third grade.

It will do so by promoting “playing, talking, singing and reading with children to help them learn new words.” Reaching that goal can put students “on a path to success in school and in life.”

Oregon’s Education Investment Board is organizing the campaign.

While details are forthcoming, Ray Davis, Umpqua Bank’s CEO, will discuss how the bank will put more books in Oregon students’ hands.

The Board will host events touting the program throughout the state.

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