This month, with the help of a very generous community of donors and volunteers, we’ve been spreading the Joy of Reading to all of our 18 program sites and beyond!

As students headed out for winter break, each one of them received a new book, along with a small token of appreciation for their families. We’re incredibly grateful to Sasquatch Books for their donation of over 200 copies of Nobody Likes Frogs and Penguin Random House for over 200 copies of Can I Be Your Dog?. These fun and engaging books are sure to keep our students reading over the break.

Also included in our efforts to spread holiday cheer to our community, are our site coordinators, district partners and referring teachers. These professionals do so much to get Team Read running and help to ensure that we’re reaching the students who need us. Thanks to programs where local companies can donate surplus merchandise, we were able to pack dozens of gift so our program partners can enjoy cozy warm beverages at home this winter.

Packaging and delivering these gifts was no small task, and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the volunteers who made it happen! The Highline High School Key Club joined us on two occasions to make sure that Operation Spread Holiday Cheer was a success! “An endless thank you to the volunteers who came out to create holiday gift bags for our Team Read community! We’re especially grateful for Highline High School Key Club who have shown up consistently since our book sorting events this fall,” says Mumina Ali, Team Read’s Program Assistant for Community Connection. “Thanks to you, every young reader in our program is getting a brand-new book for the holidays and every educator who was essential to launching this year is getting a gift of appreciation! Thank you thank you thank you!”

Our next volunteer opportunity will be held on January 15, 2024 as part of United Way of King County’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Registration and more information here.