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2018 Year in Review

Oh, what a year it has been! Thanks to the support and dedication of our learners, tutors, donors and volunteers, 2018 was a successful year for Project READ. TOGETHER, we are making a DIFFERENCE.

Read more about some of our programs and accomplishments in 2018:

One-on-One Tutoring (Adult & Youth): We offer one-on-one tutoring that raise reading scores by 3.0 skill levels in one year. Our students meet with their tutors on average of twice a week for 2 hours; their individualized learning plans cater to their literacy and learning styles. In 2018, we served over 400 youth learners and 450 Adult learners.

Adult Programming: Our adult programming helps members of the community, including those who are incarcerated, improve upon their literacy and life skills. We offer one-on-one and small group tutoring to Redwood City residents who read and/or write below the 7th grade reading level, as well as home or library- based programs for parents whose literacy goals include reading to their children. Our inmate peer tutoring program helps incarcerated learners, parents and caregivers increase their literacy skills to enable them to read to their children and GED preparation to prepare themselves for a successful re-entry into the community. Additionally, we offer ongoing computer-aided instruction through our Adult Computer Lab.

Family Learning Adventures: This program cultivates creativity, innovative thinking and problem-solving skills to strengthen the foundation for literacy development. Weekend workshops provide families with opportunities to create and innovate together, focusing on literacy concepts and STEAM curriculum vital to succeed in the the future workforce. Over 150 families took part in this program.

Story Hour: Parenting resources and high-quality children's books are given out at our twice-monthly Story Hours. Through entertainment and pre-literacy crafts, parents learn how to read aloud to their children and how to use everyday materials to create educational activities at home. We distributed over 200 backpacks and school supplies in 2018.

Book Club: This weekly program immerses students and their families in reading, art and experimentation. Led by tutors, children and their parents work on reading together and engaging in related activities to build fundamental literacy skills.

Digital Literacy: Integrating technology engages multiple learning modalities. This hands-on approach encourages students to learn new technologies, realizing interests and aptitudes. We added new iPads through a State Library grant.

Book Distribution: We distributed over 3,000 free books annually to our families to build their home libraries.

Health Literacy: With the help of the Second Harvest Food Bank, we are able to provide our students healthy snacks on a daily basis. We have integrated food and health literacy into our after school and summer programming, which includes cooking classes with fresh and local ingredients, as well as incorporating healthy eating habits. In 2018, we expanded our food pantry program through Second Harvest.

Project STEAM was created by Project READ and community partner the Junior League in an effort to provide STEAM programming to girls that have been traditionally marginalized in science and technology. Project STEAM introduces hands-on-activities that raise girls' confidence and helps them develop a sense of fascination about STEAM concepts.

Project READ's SAFE program is in partnership with Sequoia High School and serves 25 young learners and teen tutors in a weekly dual-intervention literacy program.

Other highlights were the 29th annual Trivia BEE, our Annual BBQ & Awards Ceremony, a youth field trip to FaceBook and so much more. Thank you for helping make this year a success!

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