Over the past several weeks, Team Read partner schools have hosted graduations to celebrate the achievements of their student readers and reading coaches. Over 300 2nd and 3rd graders participated in Team Read’s after school program this year, each striving to become a better reader. After several months of hard work and dedication, students have improved their vocabulary, reading fluency and comprehension.
We’re so proud of everything our reading pairs have accomplished together this year, and we’d like to share some reflections from students, coaches, and their parents.
“What I like about being a reading coach is looking back at your students’ progress to see how far they have come. It’s good to know that I was the one that helped them get to that point. This program is incredible.”
–Alimurtada, reading coach
“Edwin and I have gotten a lot closer, even with only a couple hours together each week. We have something new to talk about every day.”
–Emmy, reading coach
“Working with Anna is fun and exciting. She teaches me new things and we have fun in Team Read.”
–LaNiya, student reader
“Savannah has lots of fun teaching me how to read. The great thing about her is she feels like family to me.”
– Yessenia, student reader
“Kenji has served as a Team Read tutor for the past 5 years and his career goal is to become a high school teacher in a high needs school. Team Read has increased Kenji’s interest and skills in working with students with diverse backgrounds and learning needs.”
–Kathleen Vasquez, parent of a reading coach
Team Read students always impress, but we were particularly wowed by the hard work of Asma at Thurgood Marshall this April. Asma set out to read for 500 minutes as part of our April read-a-thon, but the more she read, the more she wanted to read.
“I kept finding a lot of books I liked, and I started to read them,” Asma recalls. In particular, she loved the young adult novel Fang and also the series Ruby and the Booker Boys. Asma kept reading and reading, and by the end of the month, she had read for more than 1,200 minutes, or 20 hours.
“Asma loves reading!” notes her Team Read coach Halima. “She wants to rush into reading during every session.”
Students around the city participated in the April read-a-thon, tracking their progress with bubblegum stickers on giant bubblegum machine posters created by reading coaches. Every gumball sticker represented 30 minutes of reading. By the end of the month, many of our students had blown past their 500 minute goal.
Students at South Shore PK-8 read more than any other school, filling their gumball machine to the max.
Congratulations to Asma and all of our hardworking read-a-thon participants!
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!
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