2017 Spring Benefit Luncheon

CLICK HERE to register through Eventbrite. 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! Sponsors 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....

Partners We Love: Corey Goldstein

Every year, hundreds of community partners help Team Read to be a success. This month, we spoke with one of our long-time supporters, Corey Goldstein, a counselor at Franklin High School who helps Team Read to thrive throughout the school year. Corey refers students to tutor in the program and he is also a financial supporter of Team Read. How did you become involved with Team Read? My involvement with Team Read started years ago when I was still a counselor at Washington Middle School. One of my students, Miyuki, told me about Team Read and I knew how much the program meant to her. (Note: Miyuki tutored for Team Read for 5 years and is now completing her degree at Western Washington University.) Something like Team Read can make a real difference for a student. I was inspired, so I had a birthday party where I asked people to bring a donation for Team Read instead of a birthday gift. Team Read is beautiful on so many levels. Not only are these kids getting in more reading time, they are looking up to a middle or high school student and getting a good role model along the way. How does

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Team Read Alumna: Renee Phelps

Job Title/Company: Social Studies Teacher, West Seattle High School Reading Coach: Fall 2001-Spring 2005 Team Read Ambassador: Fall 2002-Spring 2005 I came to Team Read initially because I was a voracious reader and liked working with kids, but I stayed for the pride I felt in my students’ success, my growing leadership skills and the connections I made with other coaches and staff. Initially, I was so amazed by the level of responsibility that I was given as a coach: I had to help my student learn to read! Team Read was also a fantastic first job experience, and I was so proud of having a job at age 14 that I didn’t mind turning down other opportunities! I really felt like what I was doing was important and valued, which I learned again every year when I received my student’s updated reading levels. Other than working with my students, Ambassador meetings and speaking at fundraisers are some of my favorite memories. Those fundraisers were how I discovered that I liked writing and giving speeches. It’s hard to put what being a Team Read tutor meant into words. I felt like I was a high school student with a secret

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A Coach’s Commitment

The heart and impact of Team Read is reflected in Akiko’s story. Akiko began her journey with Team Read as a student reader in 2nd grade. In 4th grade she had the reading skills and confidence to join the Team Read Reading Leaders program and tutored first graders at Leschi Elementary. She put the lessons that she had learned from her reading coach into practice with her 1st grade student. Akiko’s commitment to Team Read continued when she applied to become a reading coach in 8th grade.  She’s been tutoring ever since at Leschi Elementary. Akiko is now a senior at Garfield High School and a 5th-year reading coach. She plays on the softball team and loves to hang out with her friends. She has been busy applying to colleges this year and is hoping to study criminal justice. But even with  her busy schedule, every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon you can find Akiko in the cafeteria at Leschi Elementary working with her student Khiel, a 2nd grader who is in Team Read for the first time. If you ask her about what has kept her working with Team Read for so long you’ll see her eyes light up as she explains, “I

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