Please read news from our different regions within this newsletter!              Winter 2019
Read to a Child Starts off the New Year with Expanded Regional Boards

Happy New Year from Read to a Child!  We have started our school year with many new volunteers and the expansion of our Regional Boards of Advisors across the country.  Please join us in welcoming these talented and dedicated individuals to our Boards. Our Board Members contribute significant time, talent and treasure to make Read to a Child successful! 

Greater Boston
Richard Cooper, Principal, RSM US LLP
Amanda Hamilton, Senior Audit Manager, Deloitte

Metro Detroit
Jennifer Goodman, Senior VP and Client Advisor,  US Trust
Donna Satterfield, IBM Executive, Retired

Greater Hartford 
John Byrnes, Chairman, RC Knox/Peoples United Insurance Agency 
James Romano, Executive VP, Fiduciary Investment Advisors  

Greater Los Angeles
Ann Ruana, Director, Citi Private Bank, Private Banker, SoCal Team Lead LFG
Joanna Hu, Tax Director, PwC

Greater Miami
Regina Fuertes, Realtor, Select Properties of America
Adam Cervera, Senior Attorney, Becker & Poloakoff
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Greater Boston
Mayor Marty Walsh reads to Condon Elementary School third graders.
Special Visit from Mayor Marty Walsh
On December 10, 2018 Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was our special guest reader at the Condon Elementary School, after d eclaring November 11-17, 2018 Literacy Week in the City of Boston.  He read the story The Magician's Hat by Malcolm Mitchell to a group of third grade students.  After reading he stayed for a discussion with the students where they talked about their dreams for the future and his job as the Mayor.  Thank you to Mayor Walsh for sharing his time with us and for his commitment to children's literacy!

In the News

Read to a Child CEO, Paul Lamoureux, was featured as a guest on WBZ TV's 4 Your Community show and WBZ Radio's  Nightside with Dan Rea  program to showcase Read to a Child.  

Planning for Trivia Night

The Greater Boston Read to a Child team is planning the much anticipated Team Trivia Night.  On Thursday, May 2, teams will bring their best-thinking and strategy to compete for the coveted Trivia Championship Cup!  Read to a Child's Annual Team Trivia Night features an exciting and competitive game of team trivia. In a company vs. company competition, teams of up to eight vie for the Trivia Championship Cup, all while supporting children's literacy in Greater Boston.  Come see if you can beat last years winning team, Eaton Vance!  Sponsorship information is available by contacting Kristen Baxter, Boston Development Director at

Greater Hartford

Our Greater Hartford Region Featured in Local Press
Hartford FOX 61 Morning News featured Read to a Child on the December 27, 2018  "Coffee Cup Salute" segment which highlights nonprofits in Connecticut.  Anchor Erika Arias, who visited our Lunchtime Reading Program in 2017, noted the importance of fostering a love of reading in young children. Here's a clip of the segment. 

Tom Letendre and his reading buddy
Additionally, Tom Letendre, a volunteer reader from Hartford Steam Boiler, spoke about the Lunchtime Reading Program in a video posted on his employer's website.  Tom said, "I read to a first grader, when she walks in the room and I see her face light up...there's nothing like that feeling!" 

A Busy Beginning to 2019

With the start of the new year, we renewed our commitment to bring the Lunchtime Reading Program to more underserved Greater Hartford students.  Mid-year volunteer recruitment sessions, including a "Lunch and Learn" at Hartford City Hall, are taking place.  A "Mix and Mingle" event for those interested in learning more about the Lunchtime Reading Program is set for January 24 at the Hartford Public Library. Please RSVP to Gina Broadbent (, if you would like to attend.

Save the Date - June 6, 2019!

Please circle the date on your calendar for Greater Hartford Read to a Child's annual fundraiser on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Mark Twain House.   Join us in celebrating the 20 th year of Lunchtime Reading in Hartford!

Metro Detroit 

Growth in Many Directions

Ky Lindburg, Detroit Regional Director (L) and The Hamilton Elementary School Student Council
Read to a Child Metro Detroit had an exciting kickoff to the 18-19 program year.  We are very pleased to announce that we were awarded a $40,000 grant from United Way for Southeastern Michigan with support from General Motors! The grant will enable us to grow our regional operations and enable more children to participate in the Lunchtime Reading Program in the Metro Detroit area.  

We are also expanding our partnership network by engaging volunteers from the Council of Supplier Diversity Professionals (CSPD), Institute for Supply Management  (ISM), Microsoft and Priority Health Volunteers from these wonderful companies have supported our kick off events and engaged in our book drive. Thanks to their efforts along with the amazing contributions of the student council at Hamilton Elementary School in Troy, we were able to collect over 500 books to support our program.

Greater Los Angeles
Read to a Child L.A. is starting the new year with exciting news! The Winnick Family Foundation pledged $10,000 over the next two years to support expansion of our program at our new school site, Esperanza Elementary. Foundation president and children's book author, Karen Winnick, is a longtime supporter the Lunchtime Reading Program. We are especially excited that Karen Winnick will once again visit selected LA schools sites this year and read her stories to excited children in our Lunchtime Reading Program.

We are pleased to announce that we recently received a $5,000 grant from the Edward A. and Ai O. Shay Family Foundation to sustain and support expansion of the Lunchtime Reading Program in L.A.
We have also welcomed new corporate reading partners in 2019. Our newest volunteers from Citi Private Bank, Colony Capital, Tala, and Schindler Elevator Co. will enable more children to participate in the Lunchtime Reading Program at our Los Angeles schools.

AEG Community Foundation Hosts a Special Event Supporting Read to a Child 

The  AEG Community Foundation hosted a Charity Suite Night Dec 27th at STAPLES Center. Over forty Read to a Child supporters attended this special event where they watched a Los Angeles Kings game from the best seats in the house. 
Proceeds from the event benefited the AEG Community Foundation and Read to a Child. Guests enjoyed hosted food and beverage while enjoying the best view in the house from the AEG suite! A special thank you to  Erikk Aldridge, AEG Community Foundation, for hosting the event. Erikk and fellow AEG volunteers read at the Tenth Street Elementary School.  
Read to a Child staff and supporters, Erikk Aldridge (R)
The best view in the house!
Greater Miami
Miami's book carts are getting an infusion of new titles!
Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to bring some awesome, brand new titles onto our Miami book carts. Take a look at some of our favorite 2018 titles here.


Miami's annual fundraiser is taking place on February 7th at Books & Books in Coral Gables. This year's event will feature a silent auction and speaker Geanna Culbertson, a Read to a Child volunteer in Greater Los Angeles and Children's Book author! Click here to buy tickets. It's not too late to sponsor the event or donate an auction item - contact Margaret Carr, National VP, Development at for more info!
Upcoming Events & Campaigns:

Hartford "Mix and Mingle", Hartford Public Library - Thursday, January 24, 2019

South Florida Annual Fundraiser - Thursday, February 7, 2019

Annual Online Campaign - March 2019

Hartford Annual Fundraiser - Thursday, June 6, 2019