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One of them is not reading them.”

-Joseph Brodsky

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Additional Volunteer Opportunity!

Are you interested in speaking to a group about why you’re a Reader?  We have an immediate need for volunteers to reach out to community partnerships on behalf of Lead to Read.  The need ranges from standing at a table with materials/resources and answering basic questions for potential Readers, to speaking in front of a group and showing a Lead to Read video.  

During August-September 2015 we have the need, please email Sarah if you’re interested in helping out with these opportunities! 

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Local News: 2015 Volunteers in Lead to Read program take lunch hour to share a love of reading!

This year we’ve connected with Alliance for Economic Inclusion.  “FDIC’s national initiative to establish broad-based coalitions of financial institutions, community-based organizations and other partners in several markets across the country to bring all unbanked and underserved populations into the financial mainstream.” (read more here)  As this group has grown they’ve realized that education, chiefly reading, is a critical juncture for everything.  So we, along with many other organizations in the city, have come together to have dialogue and collaborate.  At a meeting in December we connected with Lindsey Foat, Reporter for KCPT & The Hale Center for Journalism.  This spring she approached us about featuring Lead to Read as a way of spreading the word about what we’re doing.  Of course, we loved the idea!  

We are excited to watch the story being told…and shared.  Take a moment and watch the video here and then even more importantly share it with someone.  We have a big vision, a big goal….5000 kids, that means we need 5000+ Readers…you can help us get there!

 

Did you know…

…you can log your hours served?  Many employers have incentives for hours volunteered, or perhaps you just want them for your records, no matter the reason it’s easy to create a record of your time investment.  Log into VolunteerMark (also located in the upper right of our site).  Once there your dashboard view should have a yellow box prompting: “Log My Hours.” 

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The next screen prompts you to select “Lead to Read” as your organization nd  enter your hours next to the classroom(s) you volunteered with.  If you volunteered all year in one classroom, you served 14 hours total.

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Once you’ve done that, Sarah approves each submission.  You will then be prompted with an email to print an official volunteer log of hours!

Thank you for serving with us this year, we hope to have you and two of your friends join us in the fall!  Watch for details of our Fall Kick Off/Training Event and 2015-2016 Reading Schedule.

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Helzberg Helps + Wendell Phillips Elementary

In the spirit of Thanksgiving,  we want to give thanks to some of the incredible people that make up our organization.  This fall just after our training session at Wendell Phillips, I got an email from Reader Martha.  She said she was so excited about the program that she’d gone back to her office and told everyone about it (HOORAY!) in hopes of recruiting more Readers.  Martha works for Helzberg Diamonds.  Their charitable organization, Helzberg Helps, held a committee meeting that Martha attended and shared the Lead to Read mission.  They decided to donate some books to the school in September and as a Merry Christmas from Helzberg they would donate some Kindle e-Readers!  She worked with us to divide the book donations between the two classrooms we serve.  We then worked with the school principal, Ms. Brown to coordinate the e-Reader donations.  This week Martha & Joy (pictured below) presented the e-Readers to Ms. Brown to be donated to the library!  This allows any teacher in the building to check them out for their classroom.  They also provided giftcards so the librarian can download books that are a best fit for the students.  We are so excited to see Readers spread the word, become engaged with the schools and come to us with the ways they are thinking outside the box!     

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Martha Schofield, Joy Stover (Readers) and Ms. Deloris Brown (Wendell Phillips principal)

 

In Service Training

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Some of our wonderful local partners Turn the Page KC and Kansas City Public Schools are hosting an in-service training next week.  You’re welcome and encouraged to attend the training!  If you plan to attend please RSVP.

“Read to, Read with, Read by” 

An in-service learning opportunity for

Volunteers who read with young students 

November 11, 2014

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

presentation by

Krista Calvert, Ed.D.

Co-author of the Turn the Page KC

 Volunteer Training Manual: Guide for Volunteer Reading Tutors

 

Manual Career Technical Center
1215 East Truman Road, Kansas City, MO 64106

 

 RSVP: [email protected] or 816-418-7652

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Leadership from Burns and McDonnell

imageIts always about leadership.  Two leaders who work at Burns and McDonnell, Doug Dietrich and Tom Anderson took the first step, engaging with some hungry readers in KC’s urban core with Lead to Read KC last school year.
Tom Anderson heard about Lead to Read at his church and he started reading at the Academy for Integrated Arts (AFIA).   Dietrich learned about Lead to Read while traveling from Boise Idaho to Kansas City on an airplane.  His destiny was to sit down beside Jean Rundle, founder of the program. The rest is history.   After getting the scoop from Jean he joined Tom at AFIA in the spring of 2013.

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Their leadership paved the way for  this year’s  volunteers from Burns and McDonnell  to take on Lead to Read in a big way.  Sept 11,  over 60 potential readers heard the Lead to Read story  at Burns and McDonnell HQ in KC. Over 50 READERS will join the team and start reading at Boone Elementary in early October, 2013.  Thanks to Tom and Doug for leading the way.

ME Pearson Rocks

 

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I feel so lucky as a classroom teacher to have the Lead to Read readers come to our classroom.  It is so important for my students to know that there are adults in their community who are willing to take their time to come read with them.  The students get excited when they know its Wednesday and their readers are coming in.  While the readers are in the classroom, I love to sit and watch my students and am always amazed at how they interact so easily with each other.  I truly believe it has helped my students to develop their love of reading, which is the main goal I talked about with the volunteers at the beginning of the year.  The readers are very supportive with the students individual reading levels and are very aware of how to handle the student needs as they are reading.  Again, it is a wonderful program and the only thing negative is that we don’t have enough of them to go around to other classrooms!  A million thank you’s Lead to Read readers 🙂

S. Rauer-4th Grade Teacher
M.E. Pearson Elementary School, Kansas City Kansas

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2013 Press Release

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In 2011 Sarah Gaikwad joined the start-up Lead to Read KC team as Volunteer Coordinator.  Her energy and passion for Lead to Read  continued to grow as she helped launch the first full year of the program.  In 2012, Gaikwad took on the role of Program Coordinator and this summer was promoted to Director of Operations, succeeding Jean Rundle, Founder of the program in this role. 

“We are so excited that Sarah is expanding her leadership role at Lead to Read,” says Rundle. “She’s been a huge part of building Lead to Read, and is now growing partnerships with businesses and churches that provide volunteers and at the same time building relationships with teachers and administrators,” Rundle added.    

Gaikwad took on the new role this summer and is busy putting the final touches on the fall 2013 Lead to Read schedule.  “I love working with the Lead to Read family,” says Gaikwad.  “We are expanding both in volunteers and children reached this school year, transforming KC one Reader at a time,” she added.  

                 Sarah and her husband Jon are also new parents in 2013 and we look forward to seeing Ms. Natalie Gaikwad ( our newest volunteer) growing into her new role. 😉  Congratulations to Sarah and her growing family. 

                 With the growth of Lead to Read, and with Jean Rundle taking a step back in the day to day operations of the program, Lead to Read is proud to announce that Maryann Hughes has joined the team as the Site Coordinator.  Hughes is a veteran Lead to Read volunteer Reader (Wendell Phillips EMS) and is an experienced volunteer in many schools in Kansas City’s urban core. 

 

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“We were so excited that Maryann wanted to play a bigger role with Lead to Read, says Rundle. “With the program growing and the new schools coming on we really needed someone with Maryann’s experience and knowledge of the way Lead to Read works to step into a leadership role, she added. 

Hughes will be working closely with principals, teachers, and volunteer READERS at each of the sites planned for the 2013-14 school year and has been reaching out to all past READERS, helping them make plans for where they will be reading this school year.  

 Welcome to team Maryann… we’re so glad you’re here.  😉

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