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    Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:00:18

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Donated $100,000 Worth of Books to Libraries in Honor of <i>Waiting for Superman</i> - The doc looks at American literary

    Paramount Pictures, Participant Media and Walden Media jointly announced today that global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has joined the WaitingforSuperman.com "Pledge Progress Meter" by committing to provide $100,000 worth of new children's books to U.S. libraries in need once 60,000 people pledge to see the award-winning documentary film Waiting for Superman. This news should be enough to make you promise to see the film. Kids need books. Get them away from those computer monitors in favor of burying their noses in books.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is the world's largest provider of educational materials for pre-K–12 schools. Since 1832, the Boston-based company has combined its tradition of academic excellence with a commitment to innovation for the future.

    "We are proud to support this film because it shares our mission to promote literacy and an appetite for learning among the nation's students," said Barry O'Callaghan, Chief Executive Officer of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. "An essential first step to improving our education system is providing those students with better quality and more accessible literacy-based resources within and outside of the classroom."

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is the fourth major organization to take the pledge and join the WaitingforSuperman.com "Pledge Progress Meter." FirstBook, OfficeMax® and DonorsChoose.org have already committed to making a difference in education by taking the pledge.

    The film was directed by Davis Guggenheim, who lensed the environmental doc An Inconvenient Truth and who nixed shooting the Justin Bieber 3D movie, and it will be released under the Paramount Vantage banner and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It examines the crisis of public education in the United States through multiple interlocking stories. Designed to start a national conversation, the movie and corresponding "Take the Pledge" campaign aim to inspire everyone to create innovative and long-term solutions to help change the course of our kids' lives for the better. The "Pledge Progress Meter" launched in May as a way for non-profits, foundations and corporations to match individual pledge levels with powerful action items aimed at helping both students and public schools.

    What is your favorite book? Will you be seeing this movie? Pledge away.

    —Amy Sciarretto

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