Fall 2019

Thanks from Our CEO
CEO, Paul Lamoureux, with Lunchtime Reading students at the Magic of Reading Gala.
Thanksgiving provides us with a time to be grateful for the many people that contribute to Read to a Child's success. Thank you to our staff who care and coordinate nearly 2,000 Read to a Child students each week. Thank you to our school partner administrators and teachers who welcome us into their schools on a daily basis. Thank you to our donors and business partners who provide the resources to help our students thrive. Thank you to our Board Members whose dedication is unwavering. Thank you to our 2,500 volunteer reading mentors who are the backbone of our program. And most importantly, thank you to our students and their families for their belief in our Lunchtime Reading Program and for developing a love of reading.
A Great Start to the 2018 - 2019 School Year! 

We are so grateful to have started the school year with so many returning volunteers. It's heartwarming to see the looks on our students faces when they are reunited with their mentors in the new school year. Also, a huge thank you to all our new
A Lunchtime Reading pair enjoying Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.
volunteers for joining the Read to a Child family. We hope you and your student are finding new favorite books together. 

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National Read to a Child Day 2019

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Red Sox World Series champion Manny Delcarmen read in Boston, MA.
On our inaugural National Read to a Child Day on October 8th, 2019 we brought special guest readers to close to 1,000 students in schools and special locations across the country and many students brought books home with them! So many more students and children celebrated across the country thanks to longtime and brand new supporters excited about solving the literacy crisis in our country. 

Students in Rhode Island celebrating National Read to a Child Day.
We were overwhelmed by the creative and funny ideas people across the country had to encourage kids to read. We saw a child reading in a closet, school administration reading to students over intercoms, and so much more. We even had a school in Rhode Island host a "Fall Into Reading" event and watch our live stream read aloud event in Los Angeles with Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley and Scholastic author and Super Bowl Champion Malcolm Mitchell! Over 115,000 people viewed this special Facebook Live event!

NASCAR Driver Garrett Smithley conducted a read aloud event in Metro Detroit.
Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut visited and read to children in Greater Hartford.
The Magic of Reading Gala: A Night of Pure Imagination

Thank you to everyone who supported our Magic of Reading Gala: A Night of Pure Imagination on November 7, 2019.  We raised nearly $200,000 to help under-served children develop the literacy skills and self-confidence so necessary for success in school and in life!  
Read to a Child students enjoying the photobooth.

We were excited that Read to a Child students in the Lunchtime Reading Program were  able to come join in on the fun to greet guests, pass out "everlasting gobstoppers," and participate in the festivities! 

Thank you to our sponsors: ArcLight Capital Partners, Agero, Acadian Asset Management, Arent Fox LLP, Cabot Corporation, Eaton Vance, Holland & Knight, Mintz, RSM US LLP, The TJX Companies, Wayfair, Integrity Services, The Messina Family, The Stone Family, and The Tarini Family.

Magic of Reading Gala Photos
New Support from PwC for Los Angeles

PwC volunteers and Malcolm Mitchell with Read to a Child students on National Read to a Child Day.
We were recently awarded a $50,000 grant from  PwC to help us continue to expand our Lunchtime Reading Program in Los Angeles. We celebrated the partnership on National Read to a Child Day with a special reading period with PwC employees with a surprise appearance from Malcolm Mitchell. Thank you PwC!

Save the Date
Suki Lopez as Nina on Sesame Street with Elmo.

January 25, 2020 - Annual Miami Fundraiser

This year we are excited to have Suki Lopez who plays the character Nina on Sesame Street join our Miami fundraiser! Make sure you mark it on your calendars now to give your kids the opportunity to meet Nina at Books & Books in Coral Gables. 

Year End Giving

Please consider Read to a Child as you plan for your year end giving. Read to a Child is a 501c3 and your contribution is tax deductible. Donations can be matched here. We are 100% donor supported! Please donate here.

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Remember to do all your Amazon shopping on  https://smile.amazon.com and select Read to a Child as your charity of choice so Read to a Child can receive .5% of your purchase.