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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.

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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