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Gift of New Books to Young Students
Donations benefit Lead to Read students
by Sarah Cousineau

Lead to Read connects trusted, caring adult volunteers (called Readers) from every walk of life with kids in grades 1 through 4. Once a week, for 30 minutes, Readers and kids explore the world by reading books provided by the children’s teachers, in the safety and security of an elementary school classroom.  The mission of Lead to Read is to help kids in grades 1-4 improve their basic reading skills by reading one-on-one with a trusted, caring adult from the community.  Now in 2013-14, the program has over 250 volunteers who read to students in 8 urban classrooms. And the program’s growing fast.  We need 65 more volunteers for this fall semester to round out all of the classrooms requesting Lead to Read READERS.

Larry Williams, a volunteer with Lead to Read talked about the program in a Lead to Read blog; “Too many of our children are told they are “the next great thing” when it involves sports. Parents will show up at a little league game, yet not show up at a parent-teacher conference. Maybe they are “the next great thing,” but if I can’t read a playbook, then what? How can I be a team player? If I can’t read a script or the words to a song, how can I get “the big part?” Now for the 99% who are just like you and I are, if I can’t read, how can I fill out the job application or create a resume?” 

Currently two Central Bank Employees read each week to their students at Wendell Phillips:  Harold Byes and Sarah Cousineau.   Please visit their website if you would like to become a Lead to Read volunteer or want to learn more about the program.  

Together, we can achieve Lead to Read’s heartfelt goal: To inspire kids to love to read and – and to let them know that someone cares.

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