Lead to Read KC Reading Mentors donate one lunch hour a week to provide one-to-one reading support and mentoring to elementary students.

Ninety-six percent of Reading Mentors reported overall satisfaction with our program in 2019-20. In this KMBC 9 News story, several Reading Mentors shared how they’re making a difference:

Here’s what Reading Mentors are saying:

“It’s my favorite hour of the week.”

Genise Luecke, Black & Veatch

“In my life, I have not encountered a more fulfilling opportunity where I give such a short amount of time and am so richly rewarded.”

– Don Maxey, Hallmark

“By spending just 30 minutes a week with a student, you’re not only helping them build much-needed confidence in reading, you’re forming an indescribable bond! Being a Lead to Read Volunteer is so rewarding!”

 Morgan Fischer, Lockton Companies

“When I began my journey with Lead to Read I was unsure what to expect, but it soon became the thing I looked forward to most each week. My student’s constant energy, infectious smile, and hilarious reading voices always made my Wednesday!”

– Ryan Tome, UMKC Student-Athlete

Here’s what our Teaching Partners and School Administrators are saying:

“My students responded to the caring, patience and inspiration each reading mentor brought to our class. With each session, their reading skills improved and their confidence grew. Thank you for showing my students that our community believes in them!”

 Sara North, Teacher, Banneker Elementary

“Lead to Read KC volunteers reading one-to-one with my students and encouraging them makes them feel special. The students realize, ‘I can really do it. I understand.’  Later, when they’re on their own, they think, ‘I read this book with my reading buddy; now I’m going to read it by myself.’ My students like reading more. Now, when I say, ‘Reading time is over,’ they say, ‘We just started!'”

Violet Pickett, Teacher, Garfield Elementary

“I learned about the power of Lead to Read when I was a volunteer reading mentor at a local elementary school, and now I watch that power supporting our students at Citizens of the World – Kansas City.”

 Kristin Droege, Executive Director, Citizens of the World Kansas City

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