3, 2, 1… Blast Off! Summer Reading is Out of This World

Team Read is committed to continuing to support students’ reading success all year round and helping prevent summer learning loss. We are getting ready to BLAST OFF this summer with a space-themed program happening in partnership with the local Seattle Public Library. We will be at Rainier Beach, Douglass-Truth, and NewHolly in July, providing one-on-one tutoring, literacy games, and fun. We will also be launching our first summer program at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary.

Team Read is excited for all the opportunities that will be available to our teen coaches this summer. On top of working at the library sites there will also be over 70 positions to fill as classroom assistants in the Seattle Public Schools Summer Staircase program. The impact they will be able to have in younger students’ lives is huge.

We are looking forward to a summer full of learning, fun, and sun!

2017 Spring Benefit Luncheon

This event has passed. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and generous luncheon attendees, on March 2nd we raised over $120,000 to help 2nd and 3rd graders become great readers and provide meaningful jobs for local teens.

Join us for Team Read’s Spring Benefit Luncheon on Thursday, March 2nd at The Seattle Westin Hotel. Our annual fundraising event is a great opportunity to get to know the Team Read family and celebrate all that we’ve accomplished together. This year’s program, emceed by KING 5 news anchor Mark Wright, will feature a keynote address from well-known American librarian and author Nancy Pearl, as well as a video and presentation from one of our fifth-year reading coaches. A delicious plated lunch, dessert and refreshments will be served.

Doors open at 11:30 am and the program begins promptly at 12 pm.

$150 suggested donation

Thank You to Our Supporters!


Donna Lou and Peter Bladin
Don and Carla Lewis

In-Kind Donors

Team Read Receives 2016 Pooled Fund Grant

  Team Read Receives 2016 Pooled Fund Grant Team Read is thrilled to announce that we have received a 2016 Pooled Fund Grant Award from the Washington Women’s Foundation to assist with our summer program! We are so grateful for this generous gift and look forward to providing reading tutoring for local students and jobs for teens for many years to come. “We are so excited to be partnering again with Washington Women’s Foundation. Their support is going to significantly increase our capacity to provide critical summer reading support to the students most impacted by the opportunity gap,” says Executive Director, Maureen Massey. Team Read was previously awarded a Pooled Fund Grant from WWF in 2006 that enabled us to serve more students by piloting 2 new program approaches.  The Reading Mentors program (8th graders volunteering as reading coaches) has become an integral part of our model. About the Washington Women’s Foundation Through our groundbreaking model of women-powered, collective philanthropy, Washington Women’s Foundation has awarded $16 million in transformational grants that have enabled not-for-profit organizations to improve lives, protect the environment, advance health and education and increase access to the arts throughout Washington state. All women are invited to join our strong and inclusive collective of informed women influencing community transformation – the challenges ahead of us are never as great as the power behind us. www.wawomensfoundation.org Photo by Raul Campoverde....


Our Curriculum Team Read’s curriculum and materials have been developed over the last 18 years by reading teachers who incorporate the best literacy strategies and proven classroom tutoring experience into our program. Informed by reading research and years of experience, the curriculum is designed to develop vocabulary, reading fluency and comprehension. The primary instructional tool used by our reading coaches is the Power Reader Journal (PRJ).  The PRJ is structured so that lessons include sight word work, phonics, reading comprehension and fluency. Lessons in the PRJ are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Team Read provides a collection of fun, interesting culturally relevant books at each elementary school. Half are fiction, and half are non-fiction or informational. Our Partner Schools During the 2016-17 school year we are partnering with 10 elementary schools across Seattle: Bailey Gatzert Elementary Concord International Elementary Dunlap Elementary Leschi Elementary Lowell Elementary Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School Orca K-8 School South Shore PK-8 School Thurgood Marshall Elementary Van Asselt Elementary Highline Team Read 2016-17 partner schools: Hazel Valley Elementary Given today’s resource constraints in the public school system, teachers and other school staff can’t bridge this reading gap alone. The reading support needs of our children are too great, so we work closely with principals and teachers to provide high-quality programming at our par “Team Read is an outstanding extended-learning literacy opportunity for Gatzert Elementary students. It is a program with integrity that just keeps getting better over the last dozen years that we have partnered with them. Gatzert students love to work with their tutors to improve their reading skills. This is a...

Team Read Alumna: Michelle Lee

Title/School: Undergraduate Student, University of Washington. Oceanography Major and Marine Biology Minor.

Reading Coach: September 2010-June 2013, Summer of 2010 and 2011

Site Assistant: September 2013-June 2015

Team Read Ambassador: September 2010-June 2015

I can clearly remember when Team Read came to my middle school to recruit new tutors during my eighth-grade year. I initially wanted to join Team Read because I wanted to help the elementary students who were in a situation that I once was in. I remembered how hard it was in elementary school when everything was based on reading, even the story problems in math. I couldn’t ask my parents for help on my homework since they couldn’t understand English that well. I wanted to give the students the helping hand that I wasn’t fortunate enough to have at my elementary school.

Team Read is not only a program where I got to learn how to tutor, but it also indirectly taught me a lot of other skills. Since Team Read was my first job, through the program I could learn what it was like to be employed and take on the responsibilities of having a job. I learned what it felt like to earn a paycheck for the first time through Team Read. Being in Team Read also taught me different communication skills. Through tutoring, I learned how to communicate with different people and how to work with different students. I was also able to gain unforgettable relationships as a reading coach and site assistant, during ambassador meetings, or at other Team Read events. The relationships and bonds I created are probably the most memorable aspect of my Team Read career.

Team Read was a program that made me realize how much I enjoyed teaching. Because of Team Read, I found that I wanted to pursue a career that also involved some form of teaching. It was one of the steps that shaped me into taking the path I am on today in trying to becoming an oceanography researcher and professor. I will never forget the fun times I had in Team Read. I would always walk into the cafeteria at the elementary school greeting the students, site coordinator, and peer tutors with a smile on my face.