eNewsletter - Issue 1 - December 2009

Photo of the Month

Literacy Volunteer Tutor, Elaine, with her students Leslee and Alonzo

“What a delight to work with two children who love to absorb every new learning opportunity!  Reading And Beyond provides the setting to encourage children to improve their reading skills.  The one-on-one setting enhances the child’s desire to want to learn.  This is a great opportunity for children to learn and love to read.”

~ Elaine

Luis Santana receives

James Irvine Award

Executive Director, Luis Santana, with California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger

The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards recognize Californians who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to critical state issues.  Our Executive Director, Luis Santana, was one of the award recipients this year.  Among the guests in attendance were Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin.  After the ceremony, Luis met with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. [read more]

Numbers to Think About

The percentage of third-grade students that scored below “proficient” in English Language Arts:*

Fresno Unified School District: 69%

County of Fresno: 60%

State of California: 57%

Numbers like these are what we’re working against every day.  The mission of Reading And Beyond is to make these grim statistics a thing of the past, to give our children the chance at a better future.  To do this, we need your help...

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* 2008-2009 school year stats from the Calif. Dept. of Education website


Have You Heard The Big News?

...the new website is up and running!

Reading And Beyond has a fresh new website, to go with this brand spankin’  new e-newsletter you’re reading!  Keep up with our latest news and events, and learn more about our many programs.

If you haven’t already, check out our new website, and then sign up for a subscription to this e-newsletter! Become a regular guest, student, or volunteer of Reading And Beyond.


Extra Special Thanks to our Extra Special Volunteers

...and all of our volunteers are extra special!


As we enter the chilly winter season, we’d like to extend a great big  hug and thanks to our Fall Volunteers.  Your time and effort make up the backbone of Reading And Beyond, and are appreciated by everyone, especially our families.

Now, make yourself a warm cup of cocoa, because you deserve it!  We look forward to working with you in the coming new year.  


We’re now looking for new volunteers for January.  If you’d like to sign up, or just want to find out more, please contact:


Beckie Ninnis

Volunteer Coordinator



Our NEW Supervised Children’s Rooms

Are Already Helping a Lot of Kids

Reading And Beyond runs five sites in the Central Valley that offer free drop-in childcare for qualified families that are currently receiving mental health and support services.  Our rooms are open to children of all ages, and are run by a staff of experienced childcare providers.  Activities include supervised reading and crafts.  And for those hungry kids, snacks are provided.

Our children’s rooms just recently opened, and already there are around 800 children seen per month.  The sites are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  To find out more, please contact:

Eva Cosio

Childcare Coordinator



We’re looking for a few good S.E.S. Tutors

...and by “good” we mean the best!

Hiring now!  S.E.S. Tutors are responsible for helping academically at-risk students perform better in school by providing literacy tutoring. Specifically, tutors will be working with one to three students from Kindergarten through eighth grade, either in the student’s home or on a school campus.

Do you have education and/or related experience?  Want to make a difference in our community?  Are you the best?   Then click below...

Click here to download a complete Job Description

Click here to see all of our current Job Openings

Click here to learn more about the S.E.S. Program