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Read to a Child® announces new Remote Read Aloud Program video series with Support from the Guru Krupa Foundation

Wellesley, MA, July 26, 2021 – National literacy and mentoring non-profit Read to a Child® today announced a new summer series of videos in its Remote Read Aloud Program, beginning with children’s author and former New England Patriot Malcolm Mitchell reading ‘My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World’ and answering questions from a classroom of second grade students at the Maurice J. Tobin School in Boston. Thanks to permission from publisher Scholastic Inc., the entire 30 minute video is available on YouTube here or at https://tinyurl.com/MalcolmMitchellRemoteReadAloud.

Supported by a $12,000 grant from the Guru Krupa Foundation, Read to a Child is, once again, bringing the magic of the read aloud experience to students’ screens with visually interactive and educational videos that center on important themes of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The entire new series of Remote Read Aloud Program videos, which will be available on Read to a Child’s YouTube channel, will also include personal information from each author as well as lively Q&A sessions with the children on the call.

Read to a Child is creating the new summer series of videos based upon the overwhelming need for literacy support and read aloud content for children during the summer months to combat both ‘Summer Slide’ – a loss of academic gains achieved during the previous school year due to lack of daily practice when school is not in session – and learning loss from the effects of COVID school closures and attempts at remote learning.

In the first video in the new Remote Read Aloud series, Malcolm Mitchell joined Tobin school 2nd grade students for an inspirational, virtual “story hour.” In his new book ‘My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World,’ which is illustrated by Michael Robinson, Malcolm pulls from his own challenges and triumphs with literacy to deliver an empowering message that every story has the potential to become a favorite.  After listening to the story, students ask Malcolm questions about his literacy journey that inspired the tale and his writing process.

“As one my foundation’s premiere partners, I am grateful that Read to a Child has provided me with numerous opportunities to read to children over the years,” said Malcolm Mitchell, founder of Share the Magic Foundation. “I consider these opportunities my ‘big game’ moments and I was thrilled to be able to read aloud my new book to children in the Remote Read Aloud Program.”

“We thank Malcolm and Share the Magic Foundation for their wonderful partnership in kicking off our new summer series and the Guru Krupa Foundation for its generous grant to fund our Remote Read Aloud Program as we find ways to reach more students with powerful read aloud experiences,” said Paul Lamoureux, CEO of Read to a Child. “This program, as well as our aligned missions in improving children’s literacy, continues to bring us closer to our vision that every child has the resources to develop a love of reading and has an equal opportunity to thrive in school and beyond.”

“We welcome this opportunity to partner with Read to a Child in improving the lives of children in under resourced communities,” said Mukund Padmanabhan, President of the Guru Krupa Foundation. “The Remote Read Aloud Program is a wonderful way to bring the library to a child’s home, help develop their love of reading and enable children to thrive.”

About Malcolm Mitchell:
Among Malcolm’s numerous awards and accomplishments both on and off the field, he considers discovering a love of reading his greatest achievement. Initially, reading was a challenge; however, through perseverance, books became an avenue for expanding his curiosity, creativity and learning. Through literacy Malcolm has authored and published children’s books, created a youth literacy initiative called Read with Malcolm, and established Share the Magic Foundation to transform lives through literacy.

About Remote Read Aloud Program:

Read to a Child initially launched its Remote Read Aloud Program and a series of 6 read aloud videos in the summer of 2020 as an initiative to provide supplemental read aloud content to students learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and to inspire students and their families to establish daily read aloud practices. Read to a Child’s summer 2021 series is based upon the overwhelming need for literacy support for children during the summer months to combat both ‘Summer Slide’ – a loss of academic gains achieved during the previous school year due to lack of daily practice when school is not in session – and learning loss from the effects of COVID school closures and attempts at remote learning.

About Read to a Child:

Read to a Child (readtoachild.org) is a national literacy and mentoring non-profit that fosters a love of reading, improves literacy skills and develops confidence in children at under-resourced schools through enriching read aloud experiences with caring adults. Research shows that reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for eventual success in reading, a key factor for success in school, work, and life.  Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program deploys thousands of volunteer reading mentors who read regularly to elementary students at under-resourced schools in the greater metro areas of Boston, Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles, and Miami. Read to a Child also reaches and inspires thousands more children across the country in its Remote Read Aloud Program and Celebrity Reading Program where notable authors, celebrities, athletes and politicians read aloud to groups of children either online or in-person.

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Media contact:
Natalie Ellis
Development and Communications Manager
Read to a Child
natalie.ellis@readtoachild.org
(910) 585-0367

Greater Miami Regional Development Director

Supervisor: CEO
Work Location: Home office, in Greater Miami
Travel: Moderate with corporate partner & local school/ site visits
Status: Part-time employee or independent contractor
Full-Time or Part-Time: Part-time, 10 hours per week


Position Overview
The Regional Development Director manages development efforts and fundraising to support
program stability and growth.  S/he works to expand Read to a Child’s impact in the region and
to help nurture/ expand a united, sustainable organization that maximizes impact on children
nationwide (primarily through its flagship Read Aloud Mentoring Program). S/he will also seek
and receive local support from a Regional Board of Advisors.


Specific Job Responsibilities
Will Include All or Some of the Following
● Identify and secure local funding from all sources — corporations, foundations, community
organizations, individuals, etc. – to ensure long-term program sustainability and growth. 
● Manage, with support from the National Office and Regional Board of Advisors, a major
annual fundraising event.
● Partnerships (funding and volunteers). Manage existing and actively build new local
partnerships. Ensure that partners are appreciated, well-informed and engaged.
● Manage, engage, inspire, and assist in recruiting new members of the Regional Board of
Advisors.
● Work with National VP, Program Management and regional program staff to ensure program
success by supporting the hiring, developing, supervising and retaining of program staff as
needed and as funding allows. Regional program staff will report to the National VP, Program
Management.
● Work with regional program staff to sustain strong existing school relationships and build new
ones.
● Seek and act on opportunities to increase Read to a Child’s visibility.
● Ensure accurate database records of donors and prospects. Work closely with the National
Office on other operations items (timesheet review, banking, communications, thank you
letters, etc.)
● Financial and Strategic Accountability. Responsible for actual results (all revenue and
actionable expenses), forecasting, budgeting; steering strategy for growing students served in
the region; and operating efficiently and in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan.

Key Qualifications
 Bachelor’s degree required
 A minimum of 5 years of experience and demonstrated success in a professional working
environment and fundraising role
 Commitment to Read to a Child’s mission and vision, and a strong desire to support the
organization’s growth
 Eager to learn and master historical information about the organization and its stakeholders,
and work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization
 Professional, positive, self-directed work style
 Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
 Experience driving major gift campaigns, demonstrated success securing philanthropic gifts
of $20K+
 Experience in building cross-sector relationships as well as identifying and developing
strategic partnerships with corporations and other key stakeholder groups
 Strong business acumen, with ability to understand organization dynamics and navigate
corporate cultures
 Experience coordinating and developing executive presentations
 Top-notch organization skills, and ability to comfortably plan, prioritize, and coordinate
multiple projects simultaneously – with a positive attitude
 Commitment to efficient use of resources and model “all hands on deck” as needed
 Demonstrated success at supervising and evaluating staff, delegating and following-through
to ensure timely project completion, and facilitating meetings to ensure effective use of time
for all participants
 Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, CRM database (Salesforce a plus) and
video conferencing
 Access to a car. Local travel required, as well as potentially an annual work session.
About Read to a Child
Read to a Child is a national literacy and mentoring non-profit that fosters a love of reading,
improves literacy skills, and empowers underserved children by inspiring adults to read aloud to
them regularly.

To apply: please email Kaela Mento, National Vice President, Program Management: infomiami@readtoachild.org
Please include a resume and a cover letter explaining why this is the perfect job for you.

***Read to a Child, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.***

Fundraising Event Associate – Greater Boston

Position Overview

The part-time Fundraising Event Associate will help in all stages of planning and implementation of our annual fundraising Gala to be held in November 2021.

Specific Job Responsibilities

Will Include All or Some of the Following

  • Solicit donations from local and national vendors for silent auction including phone call requests, mail in requests and local pick-ups
  • Assist with all event administrative tasks including auction administration, ticket sales, guest lists, printing and assembling event collateral and decor
  • Assistance with data entry into Salesforce
  • Day and Night-of staffing – must be available November 4, 2021
  • Assistance in night-of coordination of volunteers
  • Post-event follow-up, auction item delivery as needed

Key Qualifications

  • Must be able to commit to two days per week working from the Read to a Child headquarters in Wellesley, MA
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the office.  Access to a car.  Local auction item pick-ups and drop-offs will be required
  • Professional, positive, self-directed approach
  • Communicate very well in person, on the telephone and via email 
  • Very organized, able to prioritize and multi-task comfortably and with a positive attitude
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Proficiency working with email, databases (Salesforce or other CRM application a plus), and Microsoft Office software (Excel, PowerPoint and Word)
  • Commitment to efficient use of resources and model “all hands on deck” as needed
  • Prior experience with and/or an interest in non-profit or event planning is preferred
  • An interest in children’s literacy and a passion for working to help children succeed is preferred

Supervisor:                          Boston Grants Manager

Work Location:                   Primarily Wellesley, MA Office

Travel:                                   Limited – Moderate

Status:                                  Non-Exempt

Full-Time or Part-Time: Part-Time
If Part-Time, Details: This position requires a 12-week commitment at 15 hrs./wk. beginning Monday, August 30, 2021 through Friday, November 19, 2021

To Apply

Please send a resume and detailed cover letter that captures why this position is a great match for your skills and interests to kelsey.landeck@readtoachild.org. Please include the job title in the subject line.

***Read to a Child, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.***