Welcome to Lead to Read, a free program for Kansas City-area urban schools - where kids and volunteers bond over books.

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featured Lead to Read volunteers, watch below…

Our concept is simple:

Lead to Read connects trusted, caring adult volunteers (called Readers) with kids in grades 1 through 4 from every walk of life. Once a week, for 30 minutes, Readers and kids explore the world by reading books provided by the children’s teachers, in the safety and security of an elementary school classroom.

Lead to Read works on a couple of levels:

  • Behind the scenes, with teachers who choose reading material that coordinates with classroom needs
  • Upfront, with kids themselves, who thrive on the extra reading help and one-on-one attention

It’s basic, really! Lead to Read’s goal is simple: To inspire kids to love to read – and to let them know that someone cares.

Visit our Donate Page to learn more about how to make your tax-exempt donation and help keep Lead to Read KC running!

Our latest news…

Catch up on a recent Reader Training provided by Darren Ivey, KCPD.

The Value of Lead to Read KC

Our reading mentors provide 13,000 hours of reading support to 1,000 students every school year.  We do this at a cost of $175 per student. Compared to a private tutor, charging as much as $50 an hour or $650 a year, it’s easy to see why Lead to Read KC is a valuable literacy intervention. Read more…