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Winter 2014

Hello Friends of Ready Readers!

As I enter my fifth year as Executive Director, I continue to ask myself, how can we be the best? What makes a nonprofit organization a great nonprofit? Read below about some of the ways that Ready Readers has become a GREAT literacy nonprofit!!

Serving Those in Need in the Community             
This year, our 550 volunteers are reading high-quality children's literature each week to 8,400 preschool-age children from low-income communities who attend 175 early childhood centers in the St. Louis area. And, the children will receive 58,000 new books. We also provide the gift books to the teachers, with extension activities and workshops, reinforcing how to best use our gift books to teach early literacy learning in the classroom.

Strategic Planning and Continuous Outcome Assessment
We have embarked on on a new, three-year strategic plan with three key initiatives:program depth, outcomes, and fundraising. Last school year, we hired LS Associates to examine changes in the children's behavior and attitude about books. They measured an early childhood center with the Ready Readers program, and one without. The results showed that "Ready Readers achieved its primary outcome of increasing children's interest and engagement with books and reading among children...". This year, we are testing a sample of 80 children and surveying volunteers and teachers to further evaluate how a child is best prepared to read after being in our program. 

Ready Readers continues to collaborate with other organizations to help us realize our goal of inspiring children from low-income communities to become readers. I am now on the Governing Board of the St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council. Our Early Childhood Literacy Specialist is an active member of Five by Five, a part of the 24:1 initiative in Normandy. We will also be attending Missouri Child Advocacy Day on April 1 in Jefferson City to meet with legislators. 

We are committed to being excellent stewards of our fundraising dollars and hold an A+ rating from the  Better Business Bureau. (click here). We are also a certified United Way volunteer agency and a gold-level Guidestar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency of the organization. (click here)

Help Ready Readers get noticed as a great non profit.  Write a review on the Great Nonprofits web site. It's simple and only takes a minute! (click here) Why do we strive to be the best? Because Kids Who Read Succeed!

With gratitude,   
Lisa Greening  Executive Director  
Imaginary Theatre Company Event
was a Huge Success!!

Over 450 children & adults attended our Tortoise and Hare event on January 26. We raised more than $13,800.  A record for both attendance and funds raised!!

Thanks to local area children's organizations that donated their time and talent to this outstanding event-
The Magic House, St. Louis Science Center, Puppet Guild of Greater St. Louis, Circus Kaput, Community Music School of Webster University, The Nest,
Bricks 4 Kidz, Mad Science  

Our event Host Committee and Co Chairs were FABULOUS!!  Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication!!

 The Rep's Imaginary Theatre Company, The Missouri Humanities Council, Whole Foods® Market, First Bank


American Direct Marketing Resources, Ameren, Barnes & Noble, Elizabeth Bascom Charitable Trust, Booksource, Bland Family Foundation, Centene Charitable Foundation, Connexion Group, Emerson, Eveland Family Foundation, Fox Family Foundation, Guth Foundation Charitable Trust, Harvey Kornblum Family Foundation, Isaac Bruce Foundation, Nestle Purina PetCare, The Northern Trust Bank, Pecha Family Foundation, Scottrade, Greater St. Louis Book Fair, St. Louis Trust Company, Stupp Brothers Company Foundation, Norman J. Stupp Foundation, Target, Trio Foundation of St. Louis, The Herbert A. & Adrian W. Woods Foundation. 
 for your generous support
October 15, 2013 - February 15, 2014

Through March, shop with your reusable bags at Whole Foods Market® Galleria and Whole Foods will donate "One Dime at a Time" to Ready Readers for each bag you use.

Shop at Amazon Smile. Same Amazon website. Ready Readers will receive .5% of your purchase price.  Click here to learn more.

sk for an eScrip card next time you shop at Schnucks. Register your charity as Ready Readers & we will receive up to 3% of your purchase price.

How is Ready Readers Unique?

Ready Readers trains adults to read high-quality children's literature weekly to preschool-age children before they enter kindergarten. The same reader always reads to the same children, allowing the children to associate a special person with the fun of reading. No other program offers this consistency of reading volunteer and session frequency.

The children and their teacher also receive 6-7 new, personalized, high-quality books which are carefully selected by a committee. This past year, we gave away more than 58,000 books. 

We also support the classroom teachers by providing them with book, curriculum and professional development opportunities.


Contact Diane Sinclair, 314-825-8751

 Young Children in Our Community

During the national "Week of the Young Child", April 6-12, Ready Readers will celebrate the contribution of St. Louisan, Susan Blow, who developed the first publicly funded, continuous kindergarten program in the United States, right here in the St. Louis Public Schools!! On April 8, two hundred preschool children from the St. Louis Public Schools, along with their teachers and family members, will visit the Central Branch of the St. Louis Public Library for a morning of storytelling, books, tours and fun!! Each child will receive info about summer reading opportunities from the library and Read from the Start, a Missouri Humanities Council program. And, thanks to our partnership with the Booksource, each child will take home new, high-quality books.
Donate to Ready Readers

A gift of only $60 will support a Ready Readers child for a year. Each child receives 7 new, personalized, high-quality books and a weekly read-aloud session with enrichment activities, from a trained volunteer.

Ready Readers is supported by individuals, corporations & foundations. Donations are tax deductible. Click here to donate.      

Ready Readers
1974 Innerbelt Business Center Drive
St. Louis, MO 63114
office hours: 10 am - 2 pm, M-F


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