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LA Dodgers Pitcher Ross Stripling Reads to Lunchtime Reading Program Students

Read to a Child and Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Event Highlights the Importance of Improving Children’s Literacy Skills

Los Angeles, CA, September 17, 2018 – National non-profit literacy and mentoring organization Read to a Child® and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation today announced that Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling will visit Tenth Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday September 18 and read aloud to elementary school students in Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program. The event (which begins at 12:00 noon) highlights Read to a Child’s ongoing partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation in improving children’s literacy skills among those most at-risk in the community, while underscoring how partnerships with area corporations create better opportunities for underserved children.

Children from Tenth Street Elementary Schools will participate in the event. The school is among the six public elementary schools in greater Los Angeles where Read to a Child operates its Lunchtime Reading Program. Across the US, Read to a Child manages more than 1,800 adult volunteers from more than 150 corporations who visit urban elementary schools once a week and read aloud one-on-one to children during lunch. This time spent with a caring adult ignites a love of reading in struggling children, while providing students with literacy skills and self-confidence to succeed in school and in life.

“We are pleased to support Read to a Child, a great compliment to our LA Reads program, and its innovative model of utilizing adult volunteers from area corporations to act as reading mentors in public schools,” said Nichol Whiteman Executive Director of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. “Initiatives and programs designed to improve the lives and literacy skills of those most underserved in the community are a significant focus of our foundation. We are honored to partner with the Dodgers to bring Dodger players and alumni into classrooms as positive role models in order to highlight the importance of literacy and help build a lifelong love of reading at an early age.”

“We are thankful to the Dodger organization for raising awareness of the literacy crisis and to the Dodgers Foundation for their financial support, both of which are critical in enabling Read to a Child to grow to serve the hundreds of struggling children that remain on our waiting lists across greater Los Angeles,” said Read to a Child CEO, Paul Lamoureux. “Because 80% of 4th graders from low-income families in the United States are not proficient readers and one-fourth won’t graduate from high school, support is imperative in order to help under-resourced public elementary schools address this crisis.”

At Tuesday’s event, students from Tenth Street Elementary School will present Ross Stripling a personal copy of “Chrysanthemum”, signed by the children in the Lunchtime Reading Program. Mr. Stripling will then read the book aloud to the students and also elicit questions from the students at the end of the story. Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round.

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 125 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 the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

LADF is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy and Health + Wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, the mission is to harness the power of the Dodger brand and the passion our fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in under-served communities. Visit the Dodgers Foundation online at www.dodgers.com/ladf, follow them on Twitter @DodgersFdn, Instagram @dodgersfoundation and like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesDodgersFoundation

Media contact:

Alex Fey

Los Angeles Director

Read to a Child

c: 714-398-9246

alex.fey@readtoachild.org