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:

In our new video, Reading Mentors and students in our 2019-20 program share the feelings and possibilities that are created during reading sessions.

Here’s what Reading Mentors are saying:

“My heart has been so happy since I got to meet my student Marquice this week via your new digital reading and mentoring program. I appreciate all you and the Lead to Read crew are doing to make this possible. It’s truly magical when a reader and mentor get to connect.”  

Emily Sullivan, Hallmark

“I would strongly encourage anyone who wants to make an impact in a child’s life, this is a great start!”

– Gyla Taylor, McCownGordon

“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

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

“Lead to Read KC has gone above and beyond to make sure that our students are still able to take advantage of 30 minutes of quality 1 to 1 reading time with a volunteer. Reinforcing reading while making connections with caring adults is even more important given the pandemic and we truly appreciate it.”

— Kevin Foster, Executive Director, Genesis School

“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

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