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Open up a child's world through reading

2/3rds of low income children in the United States that are not proficient readers by 4th grade end up on welfare or in jail!

The mission of Read to a Child is to increase children's success in reading and in life by inspiring adults to read to them regularly. Research has clearly demonstrated that reading aloud to a child fosters his/her love of reading and positively impacts both literacy and social/emotional skills.

You can help us attain our goal of reaching even more low-income children and reversing the alarming literacy trend in urban cities across the United States by donating today:

  • $25 can get a series of chapter books into a child's hands
  • $50 can provide screening and training of a volunteer
  • $100 can sponsor a year-end celebration and certificates for the children in the program
  • $250 can provide a school with new books customized to children's interests and teacher requests
  • $500 can sponsor a child in Read to a Child's lunchtime reading program for a whole year!
  • and... $2,000 can sponsor a child in the program from first to fourth grade - this builds a powerful mentoring relationship that can be transformative for a child!

In Read to a Child's flagship lunchtime reading program, students who are struggling with reading and would benefit from time spent with a caring adult are recommended by their teachers to be paired with an adult volunteer mentor. Mentors read aloud one-on-one with students once a week, enabling the child to improve listening and reading skills, increase vocabulary, and develop a love of reading and literature.

In addition, having a consistent relationship with a caring adult has a profound effect on the child. The relationship formed during the lunchtime reading program often lasts multiple years and has been shown to improve a child's self-esteem and self-confidence.

This past school year, Read to a Child provided 34,500 hours of one-on-one reading sessions for 1,150 elementary school students in grades one through four. These children worked with more than 1,400 adult volunteers at 31 elementary schools across the country. Read to a Child currently supports children in Boston, Connecticut, Detroit, Los Angeles, and South Florida, with plans for further expansion in the next five years.

Our most recent year-end surveys revealed highly positive results: 93% of students made gains in one or more of the following areas: vocabulary; listening comprehension; ability to articulate thoughts; self-confidence; enthusiasm for books and reading; reading more often by own choice; greater interest in classroom reading; exposure to new ideas, knowledge, people, and places; school attendance; and overall reading ability.

Thank you for considering a donation to Read to a Child. Every dollar donated is maximized and will directly support the work being done to improve children's success in reading and in life.


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20 William Street
#G25
Wellesley, MA 02481
(781) 489-5910

Supported by 516 Donations:

  • Judith G.
    For Read to a Child Los Angeles- board Member contribution.
  • Susan W.
    I Gave $50
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  • Christina C.
    I Gave $100
    Proud to support Read to a Child and Eva Davis' efforts to help children in our community.
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    I Gave $25
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  • Thomas G.
    I Gave $100
    Happy to support such a worthy cause!
  • Dave W.
    I Gave $100
    Proud to support Detroit Read to a Child!
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  • Pilar P.
    I Gave $250
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  • Norman B.
    I Gave $50
    This is the age when we can make the biggest difference in someone's life.
  • Peter M.
    I Gave $500
    Thank you for all that you do!
  • Marcus R.
    I Gave $250
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  • Judith W.
    I Gave $100
    Judith and Barry Wolstan
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    I Gave $250
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    I Gave $75
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    I Gave $200
  • Corp P.
    I Gave $4,045
    Blackbaud Community Matters Grants and an additional donation for Boston.
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  • Christopher B.
    I Gave $2,000
    Proud to support Read to a Child in Los Angeles!
  • Neil O.
    I Gave $200
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  • Venessa S.
    I Gave $10
    I'm here to encourage and support our children in everyway!