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Read to a Child receives $40,000 grant from United Way for Southeastern Michigan

              

For Immediate Release

Grant will enable growth of Metro Detroit regional operations and serve more students in Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program

 Detroit, MI, December 12, 2018 Read to a Child announced today that it has received a $40,000 grant from United Way for Southeastern Michigan.  The grant will enable Read to a Child to grow its regional operations and enable more children to participate in its highly regarded Lunchtime Reading Program in Pontiac and Detroit, MI.

In the Lunchtime Reading Program, Read to a Child deploys hundreds of corporate volunteers to Metro Detroit area elementary schools.  Volunteers are paired with a child and, once a week, read aloud to the child during lunch.  The relationship lasts for an entire school year and often extends for multiple years through the end of fourth grade. The simple act of reading aloud to a child once a week, over time, ignites a love of reading in struggling 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.

“Thank you to United Way for Southeastern Michigan for its generous grant of $40,000 to help grow Read to a Child’s regional operations to serve more children in Metro Detroit,” said Paul Lamoureux, CEO of Read to a Child. “We have aligned missions in support of children’s literacy and mentoring and this grant will bring us one step closer to our vision that one day all children will be read to by a caring adult, improving their chance for success in school, work, and life.”

“As a Lunchtime Reading Program volunteer for 6 years, I’ve seen first-hand how one-on-one reading sessions, over time, make a huge impact on a child’s development.  Also, as spending quality time with my reading buddy is the highlight of my week, the program clearly makes an impact on me as well,” said David Walker, Read to a Child Regional Board Chair and EVP Level One Bank.  “We are so thankful to United Way for Southeastern Michigan for their generosity in helping us expand our impact among more students and more volunteers.”

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 empowers underserved children by inspiring adults to read aloud to them regularly.  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 more than 1,800 volunteer mentors from over 150 socially-minded organizations who read one-on-one to 1,500 at-risk elementary school students in Greater Boston, Metro Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles and Miami.

Contact: Ky Lindberg, Metro Detroit Regional Director, (313) 451-3048, ky.lindberg@readtoachild.org, 1528 Woodward, Suite 400 Detroit, MI 48226, https://readtoachild.org/detroit/

United Way for Southeastern Michigan

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan has been a valued partner of the Metro Detroit Region.  Through this partnership, over 1500 students in Detroit and Pontiac have received books to add to their home libraries as part of our shared March is Reading Month initiatives.  To further support our shared mission to spread the joy of reading to students in our community, the UWSEM has funded a capacity building grant to expand the Lunchtime Reading Program in Metro Detroit.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh Reads to First Grade Students at the Condon School in Collaborative Literacy Initiative

For Immediate Release

Share the Magic Foundation and Read to a Child partner to improve literacy rates and reading proficiency while introducing book ownership to young readers

Boston, MA, December 10, 2018 – Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh read aloud today to nearly 100 first-grade students at James F. Condon School in South Boston. The event was sponsored by Super Bowl LI Champion Malcolm Mitchell’s Share the Magic Foundation and national literacy and mentoring non-profit Read to a Child® as part of a collaborative initiative to address the literacy crisis in the United States. Photos from today’s event (from Cynthia August Images) can be accessed here.

Read to a Child and Mitchell’s Share the Magic Foundation – the nonprofit organization which is part of his Read with Malcolm Youth Literacy Initiative – have teamed up with the Boston Mayor’s Office to improve literacy rates and reading proficiency while introducing book ownership to young readers in under-resourced public schools.  Today, every first grader at Condon received a personal copy of Mitchell’s children’s book, “The Magician’s Hat,” which highlights the importance of reading in achieving dreams.

“I’m excited to have Read to a Child and Share the Magic Foundation as partners again this year as we continue to foster a love of reading among our Boston Public School students,” said Mayor Walsh. “These organizations not only donate books, but they give our students hope and encouragement, and that is something that our students will not forget.”

“Mayor Walsh’s commitment to promoting literacy and closing the achievement gap is evident,” said Read to a Child CEO, Paul Lamoureux.  “After seeing the Mayor read Malcolm Mitchell’s book today while conducting a lively interaction with the Condon first graders, his love for Boston public school children is also extremely evident.”

“We are pleased to partner with Mayor Walsh and Read to a Child and provide each Condon school first grade student with a copy of ”The Magician’s Hat” for their home library,” said Beth Pann, Executive Director of Share the Magic Foundation. Malcolm Mitchell added “New England holds a special place in my heart, and inspiring young people to read and to succeed by placing books in their hands is the cornerstone of my mission.”

“Our school is very appreciative of Share the Magic Foundation for providing numerous copies of ‘The Magician’s Hat’ and of Read to a Child for providing so many volunteer reading mentors, said Robert Chisholm, Principal of Condon K-8 School.  “I continually see the results of the dedicated mentors who come each week to read with our students. Not only are students developing a love for reading and improving literacy skills, but as part of the mentoring relationships that develop, their self-confidence is improving as well.”

The Condon School is one of 16 public schools in greater Boston where Read to a Child operates its Lunchtime Reading Program. Read to a Child recruits and manages a force of thousands of corporate volunteers that visit urban elementary schools once a week and read aloud one-on-one to at-risk children during lunch.  This time spent with a caring adult ignites a love of reading in struggling children, while providing students with the skills and self-confidence to succeed in school and in life.

Today’s literacy event is part of a collaborative effort between Read to a Child and Share the Magic Foundation to get kids excited about reading through events and programs both organizations offer. The collaborative effort began in 2017 with the organizations sponsoring a series of read aloud events in greater Boston schools and libraries where Malcolm (or celebrities like Mayor Walsh) read “The Magician’s Hat” to elementary school students and provided each student with a copy of the book for their personal library.

In conjunction with Read to a Child’s Magic of Reading Gala and Share the Magic Foundation’s registration for READBowl, Mayor Walsh officially proclaimed the week of November 11-17 as “Literacy Week in Boston.”  READBowl is a national reading challenge that provides teachers with free resources to motivate students to read more in the classroom. The competition begins the day of the College Football National Championship on January 7 and winners will be announced during the Super Bowl on February 3. Classroom teachers can get more information and register for READBowl at www.readwithmalcolm.com/readbowl.

The collaborative literacy initiative will continue through National Reading Month in March 2019.  During the month, Share the Magic Foundation will host its Magical Evening of Literacy Gala with Malcolm Mitchell in Boston and Read to a Child will conduct read aloud events with celebrities as well as host its month-long annual online fundraising campaign “Help Kids in Need Love to Read.”

About Share the Magic Foundation

Share the Magic Foundation (www.readwithmalcolm.com) was founded in 2016 by Author and Super Bowl Champion Malcolm Mitchell with a sole purpose: to transform children’s lives through literacy. The Foundation’s Read with Malcolm literacy initiatives are aimed at inspiring positive attitudes towards reading, especially among students who are below grade-level readers. The mission of Share the Magic Foundation is to inspire young people to read by bringing book ownership to students in Title I schools and under-resourced communities.

About Read to a Child

Read to a Child, www.readtoachild.org, 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.  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 aloud 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 more than 1,800 volunteer mentors from over 150 socially-minded organizations who read one-on-one to more than 1,400 at-risk elementary school students in Greater Boston, Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles and Miami.

Media contact:   Margaret Carr    781-724-8770   margaret.carr@readtoachild.org

School Coordinator – Hartford CT

S.A.N.D. School, 1750 Main St, Hartford 06120

The School Coordinator is responsible for 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. The simple act of reading aloud to a child once a week can have a profound impact on his or her future and offers the adult a convenient and meaningful way to give back. Read to a Child is a nonprofit organization that inspires caring adults to read aloud to children and help create a better future. The Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that mentors, students, and school staff are happy with the program. Specifically, s/he will:

  • Ensure that kickoff goes smoothly, including solicitation of teacher referrals and permission slips and assembly of start-up materials.
  • Greet volunteers and offer assistance as needed
  • Monitor reading sessions to ensure good student behavior and smooth operation of program
  • Notify students and teachers of volunteer cancellations or schedule changes
  • Call Reading Mentors if their student partners are absent
  • Ensure that rooms are left clean and orderly

 Qualifications: 1. Communicates well in person, on the telephone, & via email; 2.  Experience working with groups of children; 3.  Very organized;  4.  Enthusiastic about children’s books and the program;  5.  Comfortable working with Email, Word, and Excel.

 Hours: Two days a week Mondays and Fridays approximately 10:30 AM- 12:30 PM  Occasional availability outside of these times for conference calls and other projects as needed. Starts January/February 2019.

 Pay: $13 per hour and countless non-monetary rewards

To Apply Send resume & cover letter outlining your suitability to the tasks and schedule outlined above to: gina.broadbent@readtoachild.org  NOTE:  Your application will not be considered without a cover letter.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to be a Featured Speaker and Honoree at Read to a Child Gala

BOSTON, November 13, 2018 – National non-profit literacy and mentoring organization Read to a Child® will host its ‘Magic of Reading’ Gala at the Marriott Downtown Tremont in Boston on Thursday, November 15th beginning at 6:30pm. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Read to a Child alumnus Luther Evans and Read to a Child reading mentor Pamela Giannatsis will be featured speakers at the event.

Mayor Walsh will receive Read to a Child’s Literacy Champion Award and will also highlight the importance of reading and mentoring in boosting literacy skills and self-confidence among at-risk public school students. Luther Evans will talk about how his profound experience with his reading mentor (Pam Giannatsis) in the Lunchtime Reading Program set him up for college and for success. America’s Got Talent (AGT) contestant and New England Patriots unofficial magician, John Duke Logan will perform and world-class auctioneer Charles Bailey Gates will host the live auction.

WHEN:

Thursday, November 15, 2018

  • 6:30PM Event Begins, Guests/Media Arrive, Silent Auction Opens
  • 7:00PM Magician John Duke Logan performs
  • 7:45PM Mayor Walsh Arrives
  • 8:00PM Governor Baker Remarks (Video) and Mayor Walsh Award
  • 8:10PM Mayor Walsh and Luther Evans Remarks
  • 8:30PM Live Auction and ‘Fund the Need’ with Charles Bailey Gates
  • 9:00PM Auction Closes
  • 9:30PM Event Ends

 

WHERE:  

  • Marriott Boston Downtown/Theater District  – 275 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

 

WHO:  

  • Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh
  • Framingham State sophomore and computer science major, Luther Evans
  • Magician John Duke Logan
  • Auctioneer Charles Bailey Gates
  • Read to a Child CEO Paul Lamoureux,
  • Hundreds of education leaders, area philanthropists and corporate partners

 

WHAT: 

  • Inspiring speakers and entertaining performers
  • Read to a Child Literacy Champion Award presentation
  • Live and silent auction with more than 70 items
  • Food, drink, fun and networking in support of Read to a Child

 

WHY:

  • 80% of low income 4th graders in the United States cannot read proficiently and 1/4 of these struggling youth won’t graduate from high school! The Gala supports Read to a Child’s efforts to address this alarming societal issue.

 

HOW:

 

MEDIA:  Margaret Carr, margaret.carr@readtoachild.org, 781-489-5910

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Substitute School Coordinator – Framingham, MA

Brophy Elementary and Wilson Elementary

The Substitute School Coordinator is responsible for the operation of Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program in event of a School Coordinator absence at the Brophy School or Wilson School. The substitute is asked if she/he is available in the event of the School Coordinator’s absence or as an occasional assistant to the School Coordinator.

The Substitute School Coordinator will shadow the School Coordinator to learn the job. There is the option of the Brophy or Wilson School or both.

Read to a Child is a nonprofit organization that fosters a love of reading in children in grades 1-4. Business professionals are matched with children for a rewarding read aloud experience weekly during the children’s lunch break.

Qualifications:

  • Communicates well in person, on the telephone, & via email
  • Experience working with groups of children
  • Organized, able to prioritize and multi-task
  • Enthusiastic about children’s books and the program
  • Fluency in English, other languages helpful but not required

Hours: As needed, Tuesday,Wednesday,Friday approximately 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from now through June.

Start November, 2018

Hourly Rate: $13.00 per hour

To Apply: Send resume & cover letter stating your interest suitability to: linda.winin@readtoachild.org   

Substitute School Coordinator – Waltham, MA

Stanley Elementary and Whittemore Elementary

The Substitute School Coordinator is responsible for the operation of Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program in event of a Program Coordinator absence at the Stanley Elementary or Whittemore Elementary School. The substitute is asked if she/he is available in the event of the School Coordinator’s absence or as an occasional assistant to the School Coordinator.

The Substitute School Coordinator will shadow the School Coordinator to learn the job. There is the option of the Stanley or Whittemore School or both.

Read to a Child is a nonprofit organization that fosters a love of reading, improves literacy skills, and empowers underserved children in grades 1-4. Business professionals are matched with children for a rewarding read aloud experience weekly during the children’s lunch break.

Qualifications:

  • Communicates well in person, on the telephone, & via email
  • Experience working with groups of children
  • Organized, able to prioritize and multi-task
  • Enthusiastic about children’s books and the program
  • Fluent in English, other languages helpful

Hours: As needed occasionally, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Approximately 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from now through June.

Start November, 2018

Hourly Rate: $13.00 per hour

To Apply: Send resume & cover letter stating your interest suitability to:

azure.mauche@readtoachild.org   

Substitute School Coordinator – South Boston, MA

Condon Elementary School

The Substitute School Coordinator is responsible for the operation of Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program in event of a School Coordinator absence at the Condon School. The substitute is asked if she/he is available in the event of the School Coordinator’s absence or as an occasional assistant to the School Coordinator.

The Substitute School Coordinator will shadow the School Coordinator to learn the job.

Read to a Child is a nonprofit organization that fosters a love of reading in children in grades 1-4. Business professionals are matched with children for a rewarding read aloud experience weekly during the children’s lunch break.

Qualifications:

  • Communicates well in person, on the telephone, & via email
  • Experience working with groups of children
  • Organized, able to prioritize and multi-task
  • Enthusiastic about children’s books and the program
  • Fluency in English, other languages helpful but not required

Hours: As needed, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday approximately 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from now through June.

Start November, 2018

Hourly Rate: $13.00 per hour

To Apply: Send resume & cover letter stating your interest suitability to: heidi.sampson@readtoachild.org  

Quicken Loans

A committed supporter since 2014, Quicken Loans has made significant investment in the growth of our Metro Detroit Program.  Most notably, thanks to the dedication of Quicken Loans and the Family of Corporations employees, students received over 1000 one on one Lunchtime Reading sessions,  2500 book donations through the Quicken Loans March Book Drive and rigorous STEM related discussions as part of classroom read aloud sessions.  In addition, we have been proud participants in the Annual Charity Challenge and have leveraged donor dollars to fund our program expansion goals.

Chemical Bank

As one of Metro Detroit’s newest partners, Chemical Bank has supported the Lunchtime Reading Program through their charitable giving efforts since 2016.  In addition, thanks to the Chemical Cares Day initiative, 800 books were added to our inventory and students were able to enjoy read aloud sessions coupled with fun Financial Literacy themes and books to take home to share with their family.