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Former Chiefs QB Trent Green starts children’s literacy program

Updated: 2013-05-03T16:03:19Z

By RANDY COVITZ

The Kansas City Star

Former Chiefs quarterback Trent Green and his wife, Julie, unveiled a new literacy program that can benefit more than 2,000 Kansas City-area children.

The HIKE Reading Achievement Program, established by the Trent Green Family Foundation, will provide expert instruction, academic support and educational resources to raise the reading level of every child in a Phoenix Family community.

Green announced HIKE — which stands for Help Install the Key to Education — at Phoenix Family’s 10th annual benefit dinner and awards ceremony on Wednesday night at the Kansas City Convention Center. Phoenix Family provides critical services to more than 5,300 residents living in 32 communities in 12 cities throughout Kansas and Missouri.

“For the Trent Green Family Foundation, nothing is more important than the future of Kansas City’s youth,” said Trent Green, chairman of the foundation. “And when we learned that children who can’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school — and children from low-income families are six times more likely to drop out — we knew we had to do something. This will help instill the key to education.”

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