“When you sell a man a book, you don’t sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life.”

-Christopher Morley

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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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KCPT – Taking your lunch hour to share a love of reading.

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featured Lead to Read KC volunteers.

Our concept is simple

Lead to Read KC connects trusted, caring adult volunteers (called Reading Mentors) with students in first, second and third grade. For 30 minutes over one lunch hour each week, Reading Mentors and students explore the world by reading books provided by the students’ teachers, in the safety and security of elementary school classrooms.

Lead to Read KC works on multiple 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-to-one attention

Our mission is to improve third grade literacy by mobilizing community volunteers to read one-to-one with children in Kansas City-area classrooms on a weekly basis.

Visit our Donate Page to learn more about how to make your tax-exempt donation!


The Value of Lead to Read KC

Our reading mentors provide more than 14,000 hours of one-to-one reading support to nearly 1,100 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. Learn more …