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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 ( 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,, 1528 Woodward, Suite 400 Detroit, MI 48226,

Kelsey Landeck

Kelsey joined Read to a Child as Development and Communications Coordinator in August 2018. Prior to joining us Kelsey worked in development and marketing intern positions for New Hampshire Humanities and Associated Builders and Contractors NH/VT, both in Concord, NH. She is a recent graduate from the Bradley Three Year Honors Program in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Her favorite children’s book is The Silver Slippers by Elizabeth Koda-Callan.

Margaret Carr

Most recently an adjunct professor at Lesley University and Director of Development and Marketing at South Shore Mental Health, Margaret has a strong track record of growing awareness and philanthropic revenue at a wide variety of mission-driven organizations. Prior to South Shore Mental Health, Margaret held key positions at Stonehill College, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Sister to Sister, Carney Hospital, and Visiting Nurse Associations.

Her favorite children’s book is The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.

Sip n’ Shop Fundraiser for Read to a Child at Ooh La La in West Hartford on February 23, 2017

Click here and scroll down for Hartford Courant event listing (also pasted below)

Read To A Child Fundraiser

WEST HARTFORD — Ooh La La Boutique, 80 Memorial Rd., will host a “Gather, Sip ‘n’ Shop” fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m., to support Read to a Child in Connecticut’s Lunchtime Reading Program.

Drop by to shop the latest and trendiest spring styles, enjoy sparkling refreshment, and meet local children’s author Janet Lawler. Ooh La La Boutique will donate a percentage of all sales to Read to a Child and offer a chance for a $50 gift certificate to each person who brings a new, children’s book for the Lunchtime Reading Program.

For more information on the fundraiser, call Ooh La La Boutique at 860-236-4444. For more information about Read to a Child, call 860-838-3916.




MEDIA ADVISORY: Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin to Read to Betances Elementary Students in Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program – November 29, 2016

Hartford, November 29, 2016 – Tuesday morning December 5th at 11:30AM, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will read to kindergarten and first grade students in Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program at the Dr. Ramon E. Betances Early Reading Lab School in Hartford. Mayor Bronin will be joined by Read to a Child CEO Paul Lamoureux and Travelers Vice President and CIO Sean Datcher to highlight the importance of utilizing volunteer reading mentors from corporate and community partners to boost literacy skills and self-esteem in urban public school students.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Media Arrival: 10:00AM – 10:15AM
Program: 10:30AM – 11:00AM

Dr. Ramon E. Betances Elementary School, a model Pre-K-3 Early Reading Lab School located at 42 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

Luke Bronin, Mayor of Hartford
Paul Lamoureux, Read to a Child CEO
Sean Datcher, Read to a Child Regional Board Chair and VP & CIO Travelers
Corinne Barney, Principal, Betances Early Reading Lab School

80% of low income 4th graders in the United States cannot read proficiently and 2/3rds of those will spend time on welfare or in jail. The event highlights the importance of reading and mentoring to address this major societal issue.

CONTACT:  Gina Broadbent, 860-989-4768,