A LITERACY charity that helps children across the region improve their reading has been recognised in America for its work.

Beanstalk, which recruits volunteers to help North-East schoolchildren with their reading, has won The International Prize at the 2015 US Library of Congress Literacy Awards, which includes a $50,000 donation.

The Literacy Awards programme is sponsored by American philanthropist David Rubenstein to help support organisations working to alleviate illiteracy in the US and worldwide.

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The International Prize is awarded to an organisation which has had a significant and measurable impact in increasing literacy skills outside of the United States.

Through one-to-one literacy support provided by Beanstalk trained reading helpers, a child’s reading ability is transformed, with 93 per cent of children making progress.

Janet Skeen, Beanstalk’s area manager for the North-East, said: “Recognition by the US Library of Congress for our work is a major honour for Beanstalk and is a testament to the hard-work, dedication, and enthusiasm of our trained reading helpers.

“It is thanks to them that we are able to transform the lives of children in the North-East and ensure that they have the skills, confidence and imagination to reach their true potential.”

The $50,000 prize will be used to fund more Beanstalk-trained reading helpers and ensure that more children in the North-East are able to reach their true potential.