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2010-11-15 07:47:00

DUBLIN, November 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The MSD/NALA Health Literacy Initiative is delighted to announce the launch of the fourth Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards. Continuing to gain momentum since their inaugural launch in 2007 the awards are designed to recognise and reward excellence in health literacy in the healthcare sector. Health Literacy is increasingly being recognised as an important issue and is a person's ability to understand medical terms and basic health...

2010-11-10 13:23:58

Couples who score well on a simple test of numeracy ability accumulate more wealth by middle age than couples who score poorly on such a test, according to a new study of married couples in the United States. Researchers found that when both spouses answered three numeracy-related questions correctly, family wealth averaged $1.7 million, while among couples where neither spouse answered any questions correctly the average household wealth was $200,000. Numeracy is the ability to reason with...

2010-11-04 08:00:00

Challenge Surpasses Goal of 10 Million Minutes; Dividend Miles and Special Edition Children's Book Awarded to Supporters WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's largest children's literacy nonprofit, and US Airways (NYSE: LCC) today announced that more than 5,500 participants logged more than 16 million minutes of reading to children from September 1 through October 31, 2010, surpassing this year's goal of 10 million minutes....

2010-11-02 23:59:20

A pre-school language intervention programme can significantly improve the educational lives of children with poorly developed speech and language skills, according to new research by psychologists at the University of York. In the Language 4 Reading project, a team from the University's Department of Psychology at the University of York have evaluated the benefits of a pre-school language intervention programme for children who enter school with poorly developed speech and language skills....

2010-10-19 09:00:00

MALVERN, Pa., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Illiteracy continues to be a problem facing many Americans. In the early 1980's, 35 million adults couldn't read above an eighth-grade level, and 23 million more beyond a fourth-grade level. Today, that number has increased to 30 million people who have below basic literacy skills, with 63 million others who possess very basic literacy proficiency -- a statistic that continues to trouble former First Lady Barbara Bush. Both in and out of the White...

2010-10-18 08:00:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, is celebrating its 90th anniversary with Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life., a global literacy campaign that underscores the importance of reading as the pathway for young people to succeed in the 21st century. Scholastic is asking everyone committed to the support of young people - partners, educators, business leaders, publishers, booksellers, librarians, nonprofits,...

2010-09-07 18:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, September 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- - Viral Campaign Allows Users to Experience Illiteracy Firsthand Room to Read (http://www.roomtoread.org/), a global nonprofit that empowers millions of children in the developing world through education, is partnering with Twitter (http://twitter.com/) to create a unique social media campaign to increase awareness of illiteracy on International Literacy Day, which celebrates the importance of learning around the globe. On...

2010-09-01 14:00:00

GLENDALE, Calif., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestle® USA Confection & Snacks Division today announced a new charitable initiative, "The Nestle Share the Joy of Reading Program," which will donate up to $250,000 to Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit children's literacy organization. Actress, filmmaker and Access Hollywood special correspondent Maria Menounos read to children today at the Los Angeles Public Library's Robertson Branch to...

2010-09-01 07:00:00

Challenge Sets New Goal of 10 Million Minutes; Dividend Miles and Special Edition Children's Book Offered to Supporters WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest children's literacy organization, and US Airways (NYSE: LCC) announced they have teamed up to kick-off the third year of "Fly with US. Read with Kids.®," a program designed to demonstrate the importance of reading with young children. A key component of the...

2010-08-23 07:00:00

More than 1 million customers supported the campaign held at Macy's stores nationwide WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2010 Book A Brighter Future(TM) campaign, RIF's largest customer supported campaign held at Macy's stores nationwide, raised more than $3 million to benefit the millions of children served by RIF. From June 30 - August 1, more than 1 million customers visited Macy's stores and gave $3 to support RIF. Macy's donated 100 percent of the funds to RIF. Since...


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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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