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Lead to Read KC Board Members 2018

Lead to Read KC Board Members  2018

 

Dustin Walton, Populous Co-Chair

Justin Goldsborough, Fleishman Hillard Co-Chair

Pauly Hart, Lead to Read KC-President

David Lowe, Lockton-Vice President

Lynn Rundle, Sequel Holdings-Treasurer

Alane Watts, American Century Investments

Caitlin O’Byrne Waters, CBIZ

 Derek Klaus, Visit KC

Eric Graham, TGP Investments

Lokesh Krishna Ravichandran, Cerner

Lynn Carlton, HOK

Mark Swanson Burns & McDonnell

Rainy Cadenhead, DST

Rebecca Haessig, Set the Schools Free Blog

Sarah Gaikwad, Lead to Read KC

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Major Darren Ivey of KCPD – Working with students who have experienced trauma

This Reader training resource is great for all Readers, all adults who work with children who have experienced trauma. Thanks for such fantastic community partners who help us provide and produce materials like this for our volunteers!

 


Lead to Read KC Receives Independent 501c3 Designation

Dear Community Partner:

We are pleased to announce that Lead to Read KC has received its own 501c3 designation, positioning us to even better serve Kansas City students who are living in compromised socioeconomic situations. Lead to Read KC will be expanding its board of directors to guide us in raising funds and developing our organization so that we can maximize our service to Kansas City children. lead to read kc, kansas city literacy, mentoring kansas city
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Recently, Lead to Read KC was among the literacy organizations that helped Kansas City earn The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s “All-American City Award” for its efforts to improve early literacy, an initiative promoted by Turn the Page KC.

 

 

Lead to Read KC began its reading crusade six years ago; we have served more than 2,000 students and engaged thousands of adults in improving third grade literacy. Working with limited funds and staffing, Lead to Read KC has been the boots on the ground in the city-wide effort to improve reading skills in our urban core. And along the way, we have developed a volunteer organization that has endeared itself to dozens of businesses and organizations in Kansas City.

Our commitment is real, our success is remarkable and with your help, our possibilities are endless!

 

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Thank you for your ongoing support of Lead to Read KC. 

Together we are creating a community of readers, one lunch hour at a time.



Final Session for 2016-17 School Year

Below are the final reading dates for Lead to Read KC. As part of our end-of-year reading celebrations, we will

have books, ice cream and ice cream trucks in some locations. Stay tuned for details. We are already planning

for next school year, and we’re counting on you to join us! Please make note of your last day of reading, which

is also the date for your end-of-year reading celebration.

  • Banneker Elementary, Wednesday, May 3
  • Boone Elementary, Thursday, May 4
  • Crossroads Academy, Thursday, May 11
  • Garcia Elementary, Tuesday, April 25
  • Garfield Elementary, Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday May 11
  • Hope Leadership Academy, Wednesday, May 10
  • Indian Creek Elementary, Wednesday and Thursday, April 26 & 27
  • King Elementary Tuesday, April 25, Wednesday April 26 and Thursday, April 27
  • Longfellow Elementary, Thursday, May 4
  • Phillips @ Attucks, Tuesday, May 2
  • Troost Elementary, Wed May 3 and Thurs, May 4
  • Whittier Elementary Tuesday, May 9
Categories: Blog, blog

Welcome our School Engagement Coordinator!

fullsizerEllen Donaldson is our new School Engagement Coordinator. She will be working closely with teachers and volunteers to facilitate reading sessions. Her entire thirty year teaching career was spent in the Grandview School District educating first and second graders.  She has a  Masters Degree from UMKC in Reading Instruction. She taught more than 600 students how to read during her career as a elementary school teacher.  Ellen is excited to work with students, teachers, and volunteers to help improve third grade literacy in our community.  

If you need tips for reading with your student,  book title suggestions, or if you’re a teacher or site coordinator with questions – email her at [email protected]

Check out her first “Reader Tip Sheet” here!

Categories: Blog

NO Reading on the following…

Boone Elementary

  • October 20th
  • October 27th
  • November 24th

Indian Creek Elementary

  • October 27th
  • November 23rd
  • November 24th

Troost Elementary

  • October 20th
  • November 23rd
  • November 24th

King Elementary

  • October 20th
  • November 23rd
  • November 24th

Longfellow Elementary

  • October 20th
  • November 24th

Garfield Elementary

  • October 20th (Thursday)
  • November 23rd
  • November 24th

Hope Leadership Academy

  • October 26th
  • November 23rd

Phillips @ Attucks

  • November 23rd

 

 

 

Categories: Blog

2016 Fall Launch boasts 899 Readers…

We are excited to have added many new Readers & community partners to the Lead to Read KC team this fall.

Across Kansas City we have 48 classes in 12 partner schools, bringing our actual total number of Readers to 899.  

We say, it’s one Reader at a time that makes a difference…can’t wait to have that 900th Reader officially launch!

Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for partnering with Lead to Read KC.

American Century Investments
Baker Sterchi Cowden Rice LLC
Black & Veatch
Bryan Cave
Burns & McDonnell
Caring for Kids
CBIZ
Central Bank of Kansas City
Chick Fil A
Chipotle
Colonial Presbyterian Church
Commerce Bank
Country Club Bank
Cremalab LLC
DST Systems
FleishmanHillard
Freedom Fire
Freedom Works
Hallmark
Henderson Engineers
HOK
Husch Blackwell
Kansas City Police Department
KCPT
Lead Bank
LiveKC
McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips (MVP) Law firm
Miller Group
Populous
Service Management Group (SMG)
St. Peter’s Catholic Parish
Turn the Page KC
UMB Bank
Wagstaff and Cartmell

Want to have your business listed here?  Contact us to find out how.

Categories: Blog

Featured Reader: Lokesh Ravichandran

Lokesh Ravichandran, Staff Software Developer with DST, is the Site Coordinator for Garfield Elementary.  He has been instrumental in the growth and success of our team there.  Today at Garfield we have 120 DST Readers – many of whom Lokesh has personally recruited!

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I am someone who believes that educating our children is the single most important thing we can do.  When our children are educated, it empowers them and in turn our community. It is something that I always tried to promote while living in India.  I was happy to find Lead to Read, an organization aligning with my volunteer interests right here in Kansas City!

Lead to Read KC’s vision of making sure local students have basic reading skills is a noble one. But what truly makes this an amazing organization is their ability to build relationships; showing students someone cares.

Readers get to see first-hand the impact they have on students. Watching kids start to love reading is what brings us back each week!

Lead to Read is bringing our community closer, making it kinder and more humane, all while helping our kids have a brighter future. I want to get as many people involved as possible with the program, because there are many more students to help, and I believe people are ready to get involved.

I Lead To Read because I can be involved in a program that makes a true difference.