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Fall 2016
Hello Friends of Ready Readers!

Who is ready to roll up their sleeves and get ready to work to inspire our 
youngest children to become readers?  More than 500 of our volunteers read every week to a classroom of preschool-age children who live in poverty.  You can make a difference now!  Volunteer for Ready Readers, and inspire children to become readers, thinkers, and learners.

What is the key to the success of Ready Readers?  Our success lies in the committed, consistent, caring relationships that our volunteers have with the children whom they read to every week and their teachers.  We also believe in giving all children new, high-quality, personalized books that they can read over and over again at home with their families. 

85% of the children who participate in Ready Readers enter kindergarten with the early literacy skills needed to become readers.  Beyond our programming, we as a society are also making progress.  Studies by the National Center for Education Statistics show the gap in school readiness between rich and poor children entering kindergarten closed significantly - by 10 to 16 percent - from 1998 to 2010.  The change is attributed to improvements in the skills of low-income children, who are "getting more of what political scientist Robert Putnam calls '
Goodnight Moon time' than they did in the 1990s."  

We need continue to do more.  And, we know real change is never easy,  It requires hard work.  Are you ready to make a difference?

With gratitude, 
Lisa Greening, Executive Director
Ready Readers 
Thank You to Our Generous Investors!
July 1, 2016 - November 25, 2016

Argent Capital Management, LLC, Century Link, Dana Brown Charitable Trust, Emerson, Esco Technologies Foundation, Horncrest Foundation,
Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Lucky's Market, Moneta Group Charitable Foundation,
Northern Trust Company, Saigh Foundation, S.M. Wilson,
St. Louis Lodge No 5 I.O.O.F., ThurtenE Carnival Washington University
and the Ready Readers Junior Advisory Board!

And, THANK YOU to everyone who made
Ready Readers Annual Trivia and Silent Auction Fundraiser
a TREMENDOUS Success!!!

450 people joined us at John Burroughs School to play trivia, bid on silent auction items, and learn more about Ready Readers.  

We want to thank our amazing Co-Chairs, Jenny McPheeters, Clare Hansen, Ranjana Morgan, Linda Rohde, the countless volunteers and our hard working staff.

Ken Pribish, our emcee, is the BEST!!!!!!!  

Thank you to our title sponsor, Argent Capital Management, along with our round sponsors, Collaborative Strategies, Conner Ash, Go Spa, LS Associates, PK Construction, RSI Kitchen & Bath, Stephen Frank Associates, LLC, St. Louis Closet Company, Subsurface Constructors, The Miller Group, Waterway Carwash,
and Lynn & Darrell Yearwood!!

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