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Kristina Cruise | Promising Pages

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Kristina Cruise | Promising Pages

Writer: Emily Holland   Photography:  Lesley Mills Childers

Once upon a time, research showed children who can’t read by third grade are four times more likely not to graduate high school. This is a statistic Kristina Cruise, founder of Promising Pages, couldn’t help but read into. 

Cruise, named for this work as one of Charlotte’s most influential women in 2013, did more than toss this statistic around in her head-she built an organization to try and change it. 

The Charlotte based nonprofit organization, Promising Pages, is dedicated to providing children with resources to overcome these statistics.  From programs providing 43,000 children with literature to Magic Book Parties engaging kids in reading through sensory and physical activities: Cruise has written her own chapter on how to fix the problem.  

And it doesn’t stop there.  Promising pages has not only designed programs for their vision, they are teaching others how to develop their own.  Team Road Ambassador is designed to teach high school and college students how to run a nonprofit organization in the future.  The yearlong program is an accredited CMS internship.    

Children who are given the tools to read are more likely to graduate high school and have a greater chance of finding happily ever after.  Now that’s a happy ending.

This story we partnered with ShareCharlotte to feature one of the 425 non-profits they support in Charlotte.