Can You Pass the Grade?

How much do you know about the barriers that children in poverty face in getting a good education? A new online game from MCF member Greater Twin Cities United Way shares some of those struggles with an interactive twist.

Called Pass the Grade, it sends users through a series of four challenges, combined with hard facts on how these challenges are very real for many children. For example:

  • Can you click quickly enough to fill your plate? Children account for 39% of people fed at food shelves.
  • How’s your vocabulary? Children in poverty hear 32 million fewer words than other children by age 5.
  • How fresh is your memory? Children in poverty experience high levels of stress, which interferes with working memory and creates a big roadblock to learning in school.

As an added bonus, Ecolab (another MCF member) is donating $1 toward education for children in poverty for every person who plays.

Head over to United Way’s Pass the Grade website and have a look for yourself at this unique way to engage an online audience on an important cause.

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