Bookworms in Queens raise money for children's ready program.

During the morning commute Monday in Jamaica, volunteers read children's books like "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Good Night Moon" to subway riders at the Archer Avenue - Parsons Boulevard Subway Station.

It was part of the nonprofit "A Better Jamaica's" read- a- thon . The group is raising money for its "Jamaica Reads" program,". The program pairs first graders with senior citizens once a week to work on the children's reading skills.

Organizers say less than 75 percent of kids in Southeast Queens read at their grade level.

"Literacy matters. And we're just trying to drive that point home so that everyone understands literacy matters. And also all kids can improve their literacy," said Founder and Executive Director Greg Mays.

The goal is to provide this reading program in every school in SouthEast Queens for the entire school year.

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