Five area individuals nominated by Raise Me to Read have been inducted into the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Council of Champions for their exemplary service to Pottawattamie County families.

Recognized for their support of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the effort to help students achieve reading proficiency by the end of the third grade were Kathleen Rapp, Iowa West Foundation; Kathy Hanafan, Green Hills Area Education Agency; Thomas Schmitt, The Daily Nonpareil; Anna Hartmann, Council Bluffs Public Library; and Jalynn Black, parent advocate, according to a press release from Raise Me to Read.

“All of the members inducted into the Council of Champions this year have played a significant role in propelling the work of the campaign in our community, and we thank them for their tireless efforts in ensuring our young children have the resources they need to become successful,” said Nancy Schulze, director of Raise Me to Read. “The people that were nominated have a lot of passion about children and their early success, and they understand that you need to start from birth in order to get children on the right path.”