“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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Love of Literacy Campaign

Our Love of Literacy Fundraising Campaign is only 30 days.
A short campaign to help us reach a long-term goal!
Our story isn’t about us. It is about the lives we are changing.

Get to know our incredible Ambassadors and join the fun by donating today!

“We are working with the next generation of scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and maybe even presidents.
When we help a kid read, we give them a valuable skill, but when we teach them to love reading, we open up the world to them. Let us never forget that.” – Reading Mentor, Lokesh Ravichandran, Cerner

“Lead to Read has given me the opportunity to pour into a student’s life, just by “giving up” my 1 lunch hour a week.
I have looked forward to getting to know and see the progress of a different reader every school year, so it’s less about “giving up” my time, and more about the incredible benefit we both receive.” –Brittany Canupp from Service Management Group

I like being a reading mentor because it feeds my Soul.  I know I am helping in some small way every week reading & listening in a fun way. – Ambassador Feature: Virginia Battoglia

“I enjoy reading and enjoy the fact that I get to share that with a child.
I know that each book I read takes me on a surprising and unexpected journey. The words on the pages bringing these places to life and that takes me to my happy place. I hope to foster a love for books in that child that takes him or her to their happy place. The smiling face every week that we come to read is another joy.” – Sonia Johnson, from Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC 

“I enjoy being a Lead To Read mentor because getting to see a kid’s eyes light up while reading a new book is a phenomenal feeling! Being able to give back to my community through helping a young student to read and learn through reading is very fulfilling.” – Josh Linton from Commerce Bank 

 “Participating in Lead to Read provides countless opportunities for growth, both for the elementary school students involved in the program as well as the volunteers. I feel privileged to be in the position to develop a friendship with my student while witnessing his personal growth as a reader. Knowing that the kids look forward to reading each week is a wonderful feeling!” –Leigh Ann Massey Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC