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

Our Mission

To support the social, emotional and reading skills that are foundational for student success by mobilizing community volunteers to read with students in elementary schools.
Why? Fewer than half of Kansas City, Missouri third graders are reading on grade level. In many high-need schools, it’s fewer than 25 percent. Children who are not reading by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Lead to Read KC is addressing this challenge. Learn more >
Watch KMBC's recent story to see how Lead to Read KC Reading Mentors are making a difference and how easy it is to get involved!

How It Works

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    1. Identify schools and students in need of reading support and mentoring.
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    2. Recruit, train and pair Reading Mentors with students in grades K-3.
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    3. Provide students with 30 minutes of one-to-one reading support and mentoring one lunch hour each week.

What's New

Read Our Latest Newsletter


Get Schooled: Cheers to 10 Years!

Join us on August 28 to celebrate Lead to Read KC’s 10-year anniversary and help Kansas City children build a brighter future. It will be an evening filled with delicious food, tasty cocktails, interactive experiences and an awesome raffle — all at the new Wonderscope Children’s Museum’s stunning indoor-outdoor venue. Learn more.

Program Update

Although our program looks quite different this year, we’re thrilled to be in our tenth year of connecting Kansas City students with Reading Mentors to support the social, emotional and reading skills that are foundational for student success.

We partnered with Hoot Reading to develop a custom app, and with strong community support, we have launched our new digital reading and mentoring program in nine schools. And, plans are well-underway to provide an enhanced summer school program

View the latest reading schedule here. Get a sneak peek at our digital program here

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Community Read-Aloud Keeps Kids Reading

To encourage children to keep reading while away from the classroom, Lead to Read KC partnered with KMBC 9 News to create a community read-aloud video. Don’t miss Mayor Quinton Lucas and other Kansas City VIPs as they read a super-silly book!

Our Reach: 2019-20


classrooms served


hours of one-to-one reading support and mentorship provided


schools served


books distributed


students paired with a reading mentor
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