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Brett Carroll

Brett D. Carroll is a Partner at Holland & Knight LLP.  An attorney in Holland & Knight’s Boston office, Brett is a member of the firm’s Litigation Section. Mr. Carroll represents clients in complex business litigation matters in state and federal courts across the country. In addition to managing active litigation matters, Mr. Carroll frequently counsels clients on the legal implications of proposed transactions in the consumer retail, landlord/tenant, and real estate contexts. 

Within the firm and community, Mr. Carroll currently serves on the Boston Hiring and Diversity Committees, is the coordinator of the Boston office’s 9/11 Day of Service Initiative, and acts as the founding coordinator of the Holland & Knight Boston Alumni Program. He is the Boston Public and Charitable Services Partner, in which he is responsible for overseeing pro bono, charitable giving and community involvement endeavors. He also is a board member of the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation.

Brett’s Favorite Children’s Books are Rascal by Sterling North, The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Gentle Ben by Walt Morey, Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume, and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.

Read to a Child® announces its Remote Read Aloud Program and a new interactive Zoom session now on YouTube

Aerospace Systems Engineer Tracy Drain reads “Hidden Figures” and has lively interaction via Zoom with 4th Grade Class at Esperanza Elementary School in Los Angeles

Wellesley, MA, June 25, 2020 – National literacy and mentoring non-profit Read to a Child® today announced its Remote Read Aloud Program. As part of the new program, Tracy Drain, a Systems Engineer working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been recorded reading aloud the children’s book Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. With its Remote Read Aloud program, Read to a Child is bringing the magic of reading aloud to students at home across the country.

Ms. Drain is joined on this inspirational, virtual “story hour” by 18 fourth grade students from Esperanza Elementary School in downtown Los Angeles, CA as well as their teacher, Jill Heuberger, Principal Brad Rumble and Read to a Child CEO Paul Lamoureux.

The Hidden Figures picture book is illustrated by Laura Freeman, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honoree, and celebrates the extraordinary contributions of African American women to scientific and technological advancement and is based on the New York Times bestselling book and the Academy Award–nominated movie of the same name.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o7Q9HZAW54 After listening to the story, students ask Ms. Drain questions about her work on space missions in an interactive Q&A. Thanks to permission from publisher Harper Collins, the entire video is available on YouTube here for all classes, students and families to enjoy at home. The video can also be found at this link https://tinyurl.com/Read-Hidden-Figures..

As a woman of color and a leader in a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) field, Ms. Drain continues the legacy of Hidden Figures today. Recently named the Lead Flight Systems Engineer for the Europa Clipper mission, a spacecraft that will study Jupiter’s moon Europa, her past missions also include spacecraft orbiting Mars and Jupiter.

 “It was delightful to get to interact with the wonderful kids at Esperanza,” says Tracy Drain. “Reading has had such an enormous influence on my life that I applaud any program that strives to foster a love of reading in young people! It felt particularly special to share a book with the students that touches on topics near and dear to my heart: how people can achieve amazing feats through math and engineering, and the importance of equality and empowerment for everyone, including people who are just like me, and just like them.”

“We are so thankful to Tracy for being such a wonderful role model, and for bringing her wisdom and grace to a class of remote learners and to the world,” said Read to a Child CEO Paul Lamoureux. “We, and partner schools such as Esperanza Elementary in Los Angeles, recognize the huge factor that reading aloud to children plays in eventual success in reading and the great importance of being a strong reader for academic and professional success.”

To find out more about Read to a Child’s Remote Read Aloud Program visit the web page https://readtoachild.org/program/remote-read-aloud-program or click here for other videos, including R.J. Palacio reading her #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book Wonder and Jordan Gershowitz, Nickelodeon head writer, reading his children’s book Ignore the Trolls. All titles in the Remote Read Aloud program are books about empowerment, equity or inclusion.

Visit https://readtoachild.org/program/read-aloud-resources or click here to find out more about Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Resources web page which includes: five tips for getting the most out of reading aloud to your child/student; racial justice and equity resources; read aloud from home resources; celebrity, author and other read aloud videos; useful websites; and a huge list of Free eBooks.

About Read to a Child:

Read to a Child (readtoachild.org) is a national literacy and mentoring non-profit that inspires caring adults to read aloud regularly to underserved children to create better opportunities for the child’s future. 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.  When an adult reads to a child, both parties have a joyful, rewarding experience that instills a love of reading, improves literacy skills, and enhances a child’s self-confidence. Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program utilizes 2,000 volunteer mentors from the community and from 150 socially-minded organizations who read one-on-one to 1,500 at-risk elementary students 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 Communication Coordinator

Read to a Child
natalie.ellis@readtoachild.org

(910) 585-0367

Natalie Ellis

Natalie joined the Read to a Child team in 2020 as our Development and Communications Coordinator. Natalie has a degree in History from George Washington University and has experience working in Development Communications for both large and small nonprofit organizations. Natalie is a passionate reader herself, stemming from her own childhood, and holds the mission of Read to a Child close to her heart.

Natalie’s favorite children’s book is The Snow Child: A Russian Folktale by Freya Littledale

Assistant School Coordinator – Roxbury, MA

Maurice J. Tobin K-8 School, 40 Smith St., Roxbury Crossing MA 02136

The Assistant School Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the daily operation of Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program, which matches business professionals with children for a rewarding read aloud experience during the children’s lunch break.

Read to a Child is a nonprofit organization that fosters a love of reading and improved literacy skills in elementary school children by inspiring adults to read to them regularly.

The Assistant Coordinator works in conjunction with the Lead Coordinator, ensuring that mentors, students, and school staff are happy and productive in the program. Specifically, s/he will assist the Coordinator with the following:

  • Ensure that opening season goes smoothly, including solicitation of teacher referrals and permission slips, matching student/mentor pairs, and assembly of start-up materials.
  • Notify students and teachers of volunteer cancellations or schedule changes.
  • Communicate with mentors, including monthly updates and changes in schedule.
  • Communicate regularly with the Lead Coordinator, including weekly updates.
  • Facilitate and monitor reading sessions to ensure smooth operation of program.
  • Support mentors with book choice and student engagement.
  • Ensure that rooms are left clean and orderly.
  • In collaboration with the Lead Coordinator, plan and execute the year-end program celebration.
  • Attend School Coordinator meetings at the Wellesley office 4 times a year
  • Facilitate other activities or tasks at the school site as requested
  • Substitute for the lead Coordinator as needed

Qualifications: 1. Communicates well in person, on the telephone, & via email; 2. Experience working with groups of children; 3. Very organized, able to prioritize and multi-task in a high-energy school environment; 4. Energetic and able to navigate 3-level building 5. Enthusiastic about children’s books and the program; 6. Comfortable working with Email, Word, and Excel.

Hours: Three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, approximately 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the school year. Flexibility required. Also availability outside of these times for data entry, communications, and meetings as needed. 12-15 hours per week. Start February 2020

Hourly Rate: $13 per hour

To Apply: Send resume & cover letter outlining your suitability to the tasks and schedule outlined above to: heidi.sampson@readtoachild.org

***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.***

Read to a Child to Feature Suki Lopez from Sesame Street at Magic of Reading Event in January in Coral Gables

For Immediate Release

Miami, FL, December 18, 2019 – National literacy and mentoring non-profit, Read to a Child®, announced today that it will be hosting its annual Magic of Reading fundraiser on January 25, 2020 at Books & Books in Coral Gables. This year’s event will be a family-oriented brunch featuring Suki Lopez from Sesame Street. All proceeds will benefit Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program for at-risk elementary school students in greater Miami.

Suki Lopez, who plays Nina on Sesame Street, will be featured at the event for both a read aloud session and for a meet and greet. Ms. Lopez is a Cuban-American actress from Miami who is best known for her role on Sesame Street, but has previously worked on the National Tour of West Side Story, with Disney Cruise Line, and on Bravo’s Odd Mom Out.

In addition, three craft activities will be available for children: Make Your Own Book; Sock Puppet Making; and Monster Plate Making. Mystery Grab Bags will also be available to purchase featuring donations from local companies in the form of restaurant gift cards, fitness class passes, children’s entertainment and more! Mystery Grab Bags are guaranteed to have a value of $25 or more.

Tickets are currently available on Eventbrite at $25 for adults and $10 for kids 5 -12. There is no charge for ages 5 and under, but RSVP’s are requested. Tickets are limited due to space considerations. The event will be held at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134 from 11am – 1pm.

About the Lunchtime Reading Program

Read to a Child deploys corporate and community volunteers to Greater Miami elementary schools in the Lunchtime Reading Program. Once a week, volunteers read aloud to their designated reading buddy during lunch. The volunteer relationship lasts the entire school year and often extends for multiple years through fourth grade. The simple act of reading aloud to a child once a week, over time, ignites a love of reading in children, while providing students with the skills and self-confidence to succeed in school and in life. The Lunchtime Reading Program also provides adults with a convenient, joyful, and meaningful way to give back to the community.

About Read to a Child 

Read to a Child (readtoachild.org) is a national literacy and mentoring non-profit whose mission is to foster a love of reading, improve literacy skills, and empower underserved children by inspiring adults to read aloud to them regularly.   Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program utilizes 2,000 corporate and community volunteer mentors who read one-on-one to 1,500 at-risk elementary school students in Greater Boston, Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles and Miami.

Contact: Margaret Carr, (781) 724-8770, margaret.carr@readtoachild.org

National Non-Profit, Read to a Child®, Selects Gloria Jolley as Greater Los Angeles Director

For Immediate Release

Ms. Jolley to grow support, stakeholders and operations in Greater Los Angeles to serve more students in acclaimed Lunchtime Reading Program

Los Angeles, December 10, 2019 – National literacy and mentoring non-profit, Read to a Child®, announced today that is has selected Gloria Jolley as its next Greater Los Angeles Regional Director.  Ms. Jolley will grow support, stakeholders and operations in Greater Los Angeles to serve more students in its programs, including the Lunchtime Reading Program.

A graduate of Boston College (BC), with additional graduate certificates from BC in political science and Boston University in professional fundraising, Ms. Jolley has enjoyed a successful career in both the non-profit and for-profit telecommunications, media and entertainment sectors. Gloria has extensive experience in sales, marketing, fundraising, community relations and foundations and her success in the entertainment and media industries will be particularly relevant as she expands Read to a Child’s impact in Greater Los Angeles. Ms. Jolley also has extensive fundraising experience for political candidates at the local, state and federal levels and currently serves on the Women in Cable Telecommunications Board of Directors.

“I am thrilled with Gloria’s selection and look forward to her positive impact on achieving Read to a Child’s growth goals in Greater Los Angeles,” said Paul Lamoureux, CEO of Read to a Child.  “Despite having numerous corporate funders in other sectors, we have yet to penetrate the entertainment, media and communications industries in the region, and I fully expect Ms. Jolley to help us significantly grow our support in these sectors.”

“I am excited to join Read to a Child to support the mission of fostering a love of reading and improving literacy skills among at-risk children,” said Ms. Jolley.  “I look forward to working with educators, community leaders, corporate partners, and our outstanding regional board of advisors to expand the program for children most in-need in Los Angeles’ underserved communities.”

“I am extremely encouraged that Gloria’s unique combination of skills and experience will help us achieve our expansion goals in Greater Los Angeles,” said Eva Davis, Read to a Child regional board chair and partner at Winston & Strawn. “Ms. Jolley’s strong fundraising background and successful track record in media and entertainment will both be critical in continuing to develop and expand our stakeholder community.”

About the Lunchtime Reading Program

Read to a Child currently deploys corporate and community volunteers to 7 greater Los Angeles elementary schools in the Lunchtime Reading Program. Once a week, volunteers read aloud to their designated reading buddy during lunch. The volunteer relationship lasts the entire school year and often extends for multiple years through fourth grade. The simple act of reading aloud to a child once a week, over time, ignites a love of reading in children, while providing students with the skills and self-confidence to succeed in school and in life. The Lunchtime Reading Program also provides adults with a convenient, joyful, and meaningful way to give back to the community.

About Read to a Child 

Read to a Child (readtoachild.org) is a national literacy and mentoring non-profit whose mission is to foster a love of reading, improve literacy skills, and empower underserved children by inspiring adults to read aloud to them regularly.   Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program utilizes 2,000 corporate and community volunteer mentors who read one-on-one to 1,500 at-risk elementary school students in Greater Boston, Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles and Miami.

LA Rams’ Todd Gurley and Children’s Book Author and Super Bowl Champ Malcolm Mitchell to Read to 500 Students in Los Angeles on “Read to a Child Day”

Los Angeles, CA October 7, 2019 – Tomorrow (Tuesday October 8th) is National Read to a Child Day – and Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley will team up with his former University of Georgia teammate, Super Bowl Champion Malcolm Mitchell to read aloud to nearly 500 students at the Peter Burnett Elementary School in Hawthorne, CA. Each student will receive their own personal copy of Mitchell’s children’s’ book “The Magician’s Hat” to take home with them.

This “Reading Rally” is part of a special day-long collaborative called “Read Across LA,” where Mitchell and Gurley will personally distribute nearly 1,700 books to LA Kids.

The event is sponsored by Mitchell’s Share the Magic Foundation, Gurley’s M.A.D.E Sports Foundation, and the national literacy and mentoring non-profit Read to a Child. Books will be donated by Scholastic Book Clubs and other generous donors.

READ Across LA and National Read to a Child Day are part of efforts to raise awareness of the literacy crisis in the United States and to address it by inspiring students to read.

WHEN: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Media Arrival        10:30 – 10:45AM
Reading Rally:      11:00 – 11:30AM
Media Scrum:       11:30AM – 11:45 PM*

*We respectfully ask that all members of the media please ask questions only pertaining to the day’s events.

WHERE:
Peter Burnett, Elementary School
5403 138th St, Hawthorne, CA 90250

WHO:  
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams, M.A.D.E Sports Foundation and ROCNation
Malcolm Mitchell, SB Champion, Read with Malcolm & Share the Magic Foundation
Paul Lamoureux, CEO of Read to a Child
Anne Sapp, Director, Read with Malcolm
Hugo Rios Principal, Peter Burnett Elementary School

MEDIA MUST RSVP TO:
John Zoccola, john@readwithmalcolm.com (267) 664-2759

Read to a Child® Announces that October 8, 2019 is National Read to a Child Day

For Immediate Release

Marks a national movement to raise awareness of the literacy crisis and highlights the value of book ownership and
reading aloud to children in improving literacy rates

 Boston, MA, October 4, 2019 – National literacy and mentoring non-profit Read to a Child® today announced that Tuesday, October 8 is National Read to a Child Day. This day marks a national movement to raise awareness of the literacy crisis among low-income populations in the United States, as well as the immense value of providing books and reading aloud in the quest to improve literacy rates and to empower under-served children.

Beginning Saturday October 5th and running through Tuesday, October 8th adults across the country are encouraged to: put down the phone, pick up a book, find an appropriate child, read to them individually or in groups, and share the joy of the experience on social media using the hashtag #readtoachild.  Prizes will be awarded by Read to a Child based upon various criteria, including: reading in the most unique spot; reading to the most children; and the funniest reading locations!

To spur the movement and to create even more awareness, celebrities, athletes, authors, teachers and politicians will read aloud to thousands of children in events hosted at urban elementary schools and libraries across the country.

 On October 8th, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley and Scholastic author and Super Bowl Champion Malcolm Mitchell will visit two elementary schools in metro Los Angeles and will read aloud Malcolm’s book ‘The Magician’s Hat’ to more than 1,000 children. Thanks to book donations by Scholastic Book Club and other generous donors, all of the children will go home with a personal copy of ‘The Magician’s Hat,’ which highlights the importance of reading well in achieving your dreams.

In addition, students at the Esperanza Elementary in Los Angeles will each also receive a copy of ‘The Magician’s Hat’ and will be paired with caring adult volunteers from the downtown LA office of PwC, who will read one-on-one to each child.

Also on October 8th, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Red Sox World Series champion and NESN TV sports analyst Manny Delcarmen will read at the Harvard-Kent Elementary in Charlestown. In the Metro Detroit city of Pontiac, MI, NASCAR Driver Garrett Smithley will conduct a read aloud event at the Herrington Elementary School and businessman and author Andy Gutman will read his acclaimed ‘Charlie the Caterpillar’ at the Whitman Elementary School. In Hartford CT, Renata Bowers will read her nationally awarded ‘Frieda B’ series at the Betances Elementary School.

“We are thankful for the support of Malcolm Mitchell, Todd Gurley, ROC Nation and all the authors, athletes and politicians who are supporting National Read to a Child Day and helping us raise awareness of the literacy crisis and steps we can take to end it,” said Read to a Child CEO Paul Lamoureux.  “Current research shows that more than 75% of low-income fourth graders in the U.S. are not proficient readers. This troubling data directly impacts a child’s well-being and ultimately impacts the health of society as it is a major factor in decreasing likelihood of high school graduation and increasing likelihood of incarceration.”

“We are so excited to be a part of National Read to a Child Day,” said Malcolm Mitchell. “It is also an honor to team up once again with our friend, partner and Literacy Champion Todd Gurley to read to kids in the Los Angeles area. Reading is critical to the lives of kids, in school and beyond; and we want to thank everyone involved for giving us the opportunity to carry that message.”

About Read to a Child:

Read to a Child (readtoachild.org) is a national literacy and mentoring non-profit that inspires caring adults to read aloud regularly to under-served children to create better opportunities for the child’s future. 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.  When an adult reads to a child, both parties have a joyful, rewarding experience that instills a love of reading, improves literacy skills, and enhances a child’s self-confidence. Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program utilizes 2,000 volunteer mentors from the community and from 150 socially-minded organizations who read one-on-one to 1,500 at-risk elementary students in the greater metro areas of Boston, Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles, and Miami.

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Media contact:
Margaret Carr, Read to a Child
margaret.carr@readtoachild.org
(781) 724-8770