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National Non-Profit, Read to a Child, Selects Dr. Stephen Murray as Metro Detroit Regional Director

For Immediate Release

Dr. Murray to grow support, stakeholders and operations in Metro Detroit to ultimately serve more students in the Lunchtime Reading Program

Detroit, April 8, 2019 – National literacy and mentoring non-profit, Read to a Child®, announced today that is has selected Dr. Stephen Murray as its next Metro Detroit Regional Director.  Dr. Murray succeeds Kyesha (Ky) Lindberg and will build upon her success by adding stakeholders and expanding operations to serve even more students in Metro Detroit. Although moving cross country, Ky plans to remain engaged during the transition period and beyond. Dr. Murray will be introduced to Read to a Child’s stakeholders at its Magic of Reading Gala to be held on April 11 in Ferndale, MI. Click here for tickets and more information or visit tinyurl.com/DetroitGala.

Dr. Murray has enjoyed a successful career in higher education and in ministry, moving up through the ranks to eventually serve as the Dean of Barrymore College and then as President of the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit.  Currently serving as minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit, Stephen holds an M.B.A and a PhD in Theology.

“I am very pleased with Stephen’s selection and look forward to his positive impact on achieving Read to a Child’s student growth goals in Metro Detroit,” said Paul Lamoureux, CEO of Read to a Child.  “Ky Lindberg did an outstanding job over the last three years growing our program and our stakeholder community in the region and I fully expect Dr. Murray to continue this growth trajectory. Stephen’s successful track record in fundraising also bodes well in our expansion efforts.”

“I am thrilled to join Read to a Child as I am truly motivated by its mission, its history and its potential to make a huge impact on the lives of children and adults in Metro Detroit,” said Dr. Stephen Murray. “My combination of management experience, fundraising skills and the relationships that I have developed as a leader in higher education will translate well to Read to a Child. I’m also excited to be able to get out there on the front lines and make a difference.”

“I am excited that Dr. Murray’s skills and experience will help us achieve our expansion goals,” said David Walker, Read to a Child regional board chair and EVP, Level One Bank. “Stephen’s strong relationships with community leaders will be critical in continuing to develop and expand our stakeholder community. I am also pleased that Ky Lindberg will remain engaged, as her leadership has been exemplary during the initial phase of Read to a Child’s growth in Detroit and Pontiac.”

About the Lunchtime Reading Program

Read to a Child deploys hundreds of corporate and community volunteers to Metro Detroit elementary schools in its highly regarded 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/

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

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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.