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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

National Non-Profit, Read to a Child®, Selects Lily Samuels as its next Greater Hartford Regional Director

For Immediate Release

Ms. Samuels to grow support, stakeholders and operations in Greater Hartford to serve more students in acclaimed reading programs

Hartford, CT, September 9, 2019 – National literacy and mentoring non-profit, Read to a Child®, announced today that it has selected Lily Samuels, M.A. as its next Greater Hartford Regional Director.  Ms. Samuels will continue to grow support, stakeholders, and operations in Greater Hartford in order to serve more elementary school students in programs, including its acclaimed Lunchtime Reading Program.

Since earning a Master’s Degree at Columbia University, Ms. Samuels has enjoyed a successful career collaborating with numerous non-profits to expand their reach and deepen their impact. She brings extensive experience in fundraising, community and board relations, and program management. Lily’s success as Director of Institutional Giving at Phoenix House Foundation will be particularly relevant as she grows Read to a Child’s impact and stakeholder community in Greater Hartford.

“I am thrilled with Lily’s selection and look forward to her positive impact on Read to a Child’s growth goals in Greater Hartford,” said Paul Lamoureux, CEO of Read to a Child.  “During the last three years we have significantly grown the Lunchtime Reading Program, as well as our stakeholder community in Hartford and New Britain and, based upon her impressive record, I fully expect Lily to continue this growth trajectory.”

“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. Samuels.  “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 Connecticut’s under-served communities.”

“I am extremely encouraged that Lily’s combination of skills and experience will help us achieve our expansion goals in Greater Hartford,” said Richard Wasserman, Read to a Child’s CT Regional Board Chair and Partner, Day Pitney LLP. “Lily’s strong fundraising record and relationships with community leaders will be critical in expanding our visibility and support.”

About the Lunchtime Reading Program

Read to a Child deploys corporate and community volunteers to Greater Hartford 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.

National Non-Profit, Read to a Child®, Selects Eunice Myles Jeffries as Metro Detroit Regional Director

For Immediate Release

Ms. Jeffries to grow support, stakeholders and operations in Metro Detroit in order to serve more students in acclaimed Lunchtime Reading Program

Detroit, August 19, 2019 – National literacy and mentoring non-profit, Read to a Child®, announced today that is has selected Eunice Myles Jeffries MBA as its next Metro Detroit Regional Director.  Ms. Jeffries will grow support, stakeholders and operations in Metro Detroit in order to serve more students in its programs, including the Lunchtime Reading Program.

Ms. Jeffries has enjoyed a successful career in the non-profit and government sectors and has extensive experience in fundraising, community relations, foundations and youth-serving organizations.  Her success as Executive Director of the Farmington Foundation for Youth and Families will be particularly relevant as she grows Read to a Child’s impact in Metro Detroit. Eunice also currently serves on the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents and has spent time working in the US Senate and in the offices of the Michigan Governor and Secretary of State.

“I am thrilled with Eunice’s selection and look forward to her positive impact on achieving Read to a Child’s growth goals in Metro Detroit,” said Paul Lamoureux, CEO of Read to a Child.  “Over the last three years we have significantly grown the Lunchtime Reading Program, as well as our stakeholder community in Detroit and Pontiac and, based upon her impressive record, I fully expect Ms. Jeffries to continue this growth trajectory.”

“I am excited to join Read to a Child to support the mission of the organization on behalf of our children,” said Eunice Jeffries.  “I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with educators, community leaders and corporate partners to expand the program, foster a love of reading and improve literacy skills in southeast Michigan.”

“I am extremely encouraged that Eunice’s unique combination of skills and experience will help us achieve our expansion goals in Metro Detroit,” said David Walker, Read to a Child regional board chair and EVP, Level One Bank. “Ms. Jeffries strong fundraising record and exceptional relationships with community leaders will be critical in continuing to develop and expand our stakeholder community.”

About the Lunchtime Reading Program

Read to a Child deploys corporate and community volunteers to Metro Detroit 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, Metro Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles and Miami.

Boston Police Commissioner William Gross to Read to First Graders at Roxbury’s Tobin School in Read to a Child® Event

For Immediate Release

Event Launches New Initiative to Pair Boston Police Officers and Cadets with Elementary School Children to Build Trust and Ultimately Empower Boston Youth
 
Boston, MA, March 4, 2019 – National literacy and mentoring non-profit Read to a Child® announced today that on Friday, March 8 at 10AM, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross will read to the first grade at the Tobin K-8 School in Roxbury. This event will mark the beginning of a new initiative to pair Boston police officers and cadets with elementary school children as reading mentors in Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program.

At Friday’s event Commissioner Gross will be joined by Boston Police Superintendent Nora Baston, Commander of the Bureau of Community Engagement, and Read to a Child CEO, Paul Lamoureux, to highlight the importance of introducing police to children early in life and the value of strong police/community/non-profit partnerships to build trust, empower youth and help close the opportunity gap. Commissioner Gross will also have a lively Q&A with students both before and after he read Dr. Seuss’s ‘The Cat in the Hat.’

The Tobin K-8 School is one of 16 public schools in greater Boston where Read to a Child operates its Lunchtime Reading Program. Read to a Child enlists and manages a force of nearly 2,000 community and corporate volunteers from 124 organizations who 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.

“Read to a Child’s community and corporate partnerships greatly benefit our students and enable our children to get the extra help and attention they need for a brighter future,” said Boston PoliceCommissioner William Gross. “It is my goal to support the children in our communities by participating in the Lunchtime Reading Program and enabling students and police officers to get to know each other earlier in a child’s life. Relationships are key to building trust. Our officers work hard every day to create and strengthen relationships with the community. It is clear to me that the relationships that develop with the children in the Lunchtime Reading Program will greatly benefit families and communities over time.”

“Commissioner Gross’ commitment to building trust, improving communities and empowering Boston’s youth is evident,” said Read to a Child CEO, Paul Lamoureux. “The event at the Tobin School will highlight our mutual commitment to enlist police officers into the Lunchtime Reading Program and to create as many life-changing mentoring relationships as possible. It will be of tremendous value to children, police, schools, families and all community stakeholders to pair police officers with the hundreds of deserving children currently on our Lunchtime Reading Program waiting lists!”

“I deeply value our partnership with Read to a Child as I see the results of the dedicated mentors who come each week to read with our students,” said Efrain Toledano, Tobin K-8 Principal. “Adding Boston Police Officers into the Lunchtime Reading Program mix will not only enable more of our children to develop a love of reading, but as part of the mentoring relationships that develop, our student’s attitudes towards the police will also improve. This will inevitably be a great benefit to our students and the entire community.” 

Friday’s event will also highlight the necessity to fund creative mentoring initiatives and coincides with Read to a Child’s annual online fundraising campaign to ‘Help Kids in Need Love to Read.’ In March, Read to a Child’s goal is to raise $115,000 in order to support 7,200 reading sessions for ‘kids in need.’ All proceeds from the campaign will fund Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program. For more information or to donate to ‘Help Kids in Need Love to Read,’ click here or visit https://tinyurl.com/ helpkidslovetoread.

Read to a Child’s corporate partners at the Tobin School that provide both financial support and more than 100 volunteer reading mentors include: ArcLight Capital Partners; Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Charles River Associates; Harvard School of Public Health; Partners HealthCare; Posternak, Blankstein & Lund, LLP; and Wayfair. Individuals, including retirees and community members, bring the number of Lunchtime Reading Program volunteers at the Tobin to more than 125.

About Read to a Child:
Read to a Child, www.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 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 124 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. 

About Commissioner Gross:
William Gross is a 34-year veteran of the Boston Police Department and its first African American Commissioner. As a Patrol Officer he spent many years in the Gang Unit and Drug Control Unit, as well as Academy Instructor. He rose through the ranks, achieving the ranks of Sergeant and Sergeant Detective. In 2008 he was promoted to Deputy Superintendent, where he served as the Commander of Zone 2 (Roxbury & Mission Hill, Mattapan, Dorchester and South Boston). Throughout his career, Commissioner Gross has maintained a strong connection with the community, and has been awarded numerous awards for bravery, meritorious service and community partnership. To read the Commissioner’s message, please visit http://bpdnews.com/ commissionersmessage.

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/