Meet our New Executive Director:
Rhea Muchalla LeGrande
Lead to Read KC is pleased to announce the appointment of Rhea Muchalla LeGrande as our new Executive Director.

"I look forward to advancing our impactful work alongside our dedicated partners and community members. Together, we will continue to cultivate a more beautiful Kansas City, grounded in equity and enriched by literacy, ensuring every child experiences the profound joy and transformative power of reading," said LeGrande.

LeGrande will assume the leadership role on May 13, 2024.
Lead to Read KC Appreciates You
It's National Volunteer Month which gives us more reasons to thank our Reading Mentors and Outreach volunteers. We are able to engage with more students because of the caring, consistent, and positive presence you have in our community.
Thank you to Guadalupe Centers Middle School students for holding a fundraiser for Lead to Read KC. During their Literary Fiesta in March, students celebrated a week of literacy theme days, earning books and making donations to our program.
Number 15 Loves to Read, Just Like You!
Everybody had fun at the April 12 Reading Rally, but we think Patrick Mahomes had the best time of all. The Read for 15 event marked our fourth year of partnering with the 15 and Mahomes Foundation to motivate kids to read outside of school. Number 15 shared books he reads for himself and with his kids, and told the students in attendance, "Every day you should be reading to succeed in whatever your dream is." Click here to watch a two-minute video from the event.
That's a whole lot of books!
Since 2011, Lead to Read KC has distributed more than 53,000 books! Thank you to this month's Second Saturday Sorting volunteers who helped us celebrate. Our increasing number of Reading Is Everywhere(SM) locations rely on community book donations. If you’d like to help, contact Community Outreach Manager Linda Hughes Or, shop our Amazon Wish list!
Volunteer Spotlight: Jamie Morrow
Jamie Morrow is brand new to Lead to Read KC but she’s already figured out why being a Reading Mentor is so meaningful.

She sees the experience as an honor. “Having the privilege to meet students where they are, engaging with them, and encouraging them not only in reading, but in school has been an amazing opportunity.”
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EVENTS | Get details about these events and find more community happenings at our events page.
  • May 1, celebrate 501c Day with Lead to Read KC by becoming a Book Collector.
  • Put May 11 on your calendar for the Spring Festival of Reading hosted by Turn the Page KC.

FORE(!) THE KIDS | Lead to Read KC is a beneficiary of the Brookside Charter School 2024 Golf Tournament on Monday, June 17, at the Blue Hills Country Club. Registration opens at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Gather your foursome and sign up your team today to help keep Brookside Charter’s students reading on grade level.

SECOND SATURDAY BOOK SORTING | Dates for our book sorting sessions are up through the end of 2024 - there will not be a May event. Sign up for one or all of our fun, easy volunteer opportunities. Help Lead to Read KC sort and process book donations at our office in the Nonprofit Village the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Sign up here!

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