Let’s Read! Changes

Dear Let’s Read! Partners,

lets read 2Since Let’s Read! began in 2012, we have spread the message of the importance of summer learning through partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs), library systems, and school districts. In its four year history, Let’s Read! has distributed over 12,500 free books and 186,281 Let’s Read! materials to schools and CBOs throughout the Road Map Project Region. With your help, in 2015 we were able to distribute over 58,000 posters, summer reading agreements, stickers, magnets, and free books to kids and families throughout the region. Please visit the Let’s Read! website to read the 2015 Let’s Read! Summary Report and learn more about the great work accomplished this year.

In 2016, Let’s Read! will be shifting from its current set of campaign activities.  For the past three years, Let’s Read! has been coordinated by an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer sponsored through United Way of King County. As part of the federal guidelines, one project cannot receive VISTA support for more than three years. Because of this, the Community Center for Education Results (CCER) will no longer be coordinating Let’s Read! in its current form. This means that there will be no community planning meetings or organized distribution of Let’s Read! materials in 2016.

However, we are still dedicated to making sure kids are reading and learning during the summer months, and we encourage you to continue to use Let’s Read! materials. All of the Let’s Read! materials will continue to be available for free download here.

Partners throughout the Road Map Project region are dedicated to ensuring all kids are reading and learning during the summer months. School’s Out Washington is leading a new Regional Summer Learning Work Group working to increase access to quality summer programs in our region. We invite you to get involved in this exciting new work.

lets read1In 2016, we want to make sure you have access to the community partnerships and resources Let’s Read! has facilitated over the years. Below is a list of contacts to help you stay connected to these resources and partnership opportunities so we can continue to work together to fight summer learning loss:

  • For information about partnering with the King County Library System, please contact Cecilia McGowan, Children’s Services Coordinator at King County Library System (cmcgowan@kcls.org)
  • For information about getting involved with free summer meal sites through United Way of King County, please contact Yuri Kim, Community Impact Manager, Family Stability at United Way of King County (ykim@uwkc.org)
  • For information about or to get involved with the new Summer Learning Group, please contact David Beard, Education Policy and Advocacy Director at School’s Out Washington (DBeard@schoolsoutwashington.org)
  • For free and reduced priced books, please visit www.firstbook.org. If at least 70% of the children you serve come from low-income families, you can sign up for free to order free books (with a small shipping fee). There are also other resources (school supplies, snacks, coats, etc.) available through the Marketplace for extremely reduced prices.
  • If there are any other resources you would like to be connected with, please contact Lynda Petersen (lpetersen@ccedresults.org).

Thank you again for all of your work helping to fight against summer learning loss! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.



The CCER Team