Team Read has expanded in its 20th school year, adding new schools and program sites in Seattle and Highline Public Schools.

Team Read is serving students at 13 sites this year.

“I keep coming back to Team Read because I like how the kids are energetic and ready to read.  I like to see their growth,” said Jente He, a Cleveland High School junior now in her fourth year working for Team Read.

“At first, we were concerned that a shift in bell times at Seattle schools would limit our ability to serve students,” said Bill Eisele, Program Manager for Team Read.  “But the need for quality after-school programming, and literacy support, is just as urgent now as ever, and our partner schools are helping to make it possible for us to help their students.”

This year also marks the first time Team Read is offering programming at local library sites during the school year.  Building on its partnership with Seattle Public Library in our summer program, Team Read is working with local kids at High Point Branch Library in West Seattle and also NewHolly Branch Library on south Beacon Hill.

We have also launched a partnership program with East African Community Services, also on Beacon Hill.  Team Read coaches provide reading support twice per week to students enrolled at EACS.

More than 500 high school and middle school students applied to work as Team Read reading coaches this fall.  High school students earn hourly pay, college tuition funds or service learning hours for their work.  Eighth graders volunteer to participate in the program.

“I enjoy making bonds with the kids and being able to brighten up someone’s day,” said Alex Ylagan, a senior at West Seattle High School, now in her fifth year with Team Read.

Alex said she’s excited to see Team Read growing in West Seattle, with the chance to serve more students.  “Everyone deserves all the opportunities they can get.”