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. About 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....

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

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Spring Benefit Luncheon Celebrates Readers and Leaders

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and generous luncheon attendees, we raised over $120,000 to help 2nd and 3rd graders become great readers and provide meaningful jobs for local teens! On Thursday, March 2nd, over 250 Team Read supporters gathered together at The Westin Seattle Hotel to celebrate the accomplishments of our student readers and their teen reading coaches. Mark Wright, King 5 news anchor and our emcee for the afternoon, kicked off the event with an introduction to Team Read’s unique tutoring program. He first became involved with Team Read when he produced a video about our work with Social Venture Partners, and he’s been a big fan ever since. After a cute intro from some of our student readers, keynote speaker Nancy Pearl took the stage. She talked about her journey to becoming a reader and a librarian, and the experiences that shaped her along the way. “In the pages of a book, you should be able to both see yourself and lose yourself,” she said. Each attendee received a complimentary book from Nancy’s Book Lust series, courtesy of Sasquatch Books, and she even signed copies after the event! Next up was Team Read Executive Director, Maureen Massey, who presented a memorable tribute to our 5-year

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