Some Kids Don't Have Books at Home

Help Kids in Framingham and Greater Boston Learn to Love Reading

Claire's Fundraising Page A Project of Read to a Child

Many of you know that I work as the Development Coordinator at Read to a Child, but you may not know that last fall I started volunteering in the program, too! Every week I go to a school in Framingham and meet second grader Jayla during her lunchtime. Together we pick out books from the Read to a Child book cart and while she eats, I read aloud to her. It sounds simple, but the impact on her (and me) has already been profound. She is gaining confidence and learning lots of new vocabulary; I encouraged her to branch away from picture books and we're now reading 'Matilda' by Roald Dahl. She loves it so much she sought out her own copy from her after school program and is now re-reading on her own the chapters we read together each week. Reading to Jayla has quickly become one of my favorite parts of the week!

All funds raised through this online campaign will benefit our Lunchtime Reading Program, which serves over 850 high-risk students in Greater Boston by pairing them one-on-one with an adult volunteer reading mentor for read aloud time during their lunch period. The students we work with are often not read to or don't have access to books at home and research has shown that read aloud is the single most important activity for success in reading. Our hope is that by pairing these students with dedicated adult mentors we will help to bridge the gap and spark a love of books and reading in participating students.

  • $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!
  • $1,000 will automatically add you to the "Suess Circle" Leadership Giving Level and can sponsor a child for two years!
  • 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!
$75 Raised
25% towards $300 Goal

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