eNewsletter - Issue 5 - June 2010

Thank You Spring Volunteers

We wish to extend a special thanks to all of our spring volunteers.  The people listed below give their valuable time to make a difference in a child’s life.  Cheers to the volunteers!


Happy Father’s Day

It’s Not Too Late to

Honor Your Dad With A Donation

Show your father love and appreciation in a unique and giving way by honoring him with a donation to Reading And Beyond.

When you make a donation, we can mail or e-mail your father a card that says thanks while also showing him how you’re supporting your community in his name.  It’s a special gift that makes a difference.

Read more about our

Honor Donation cards

Special Thanks

to United Way

Reading And Beyond wishes to thank the United Way Successful Children Impact Council for their financial support of our Parent Involvement program.  Over the past year (June 2009 - June 2010), their funding has allowed us to help parents in our community learn English, further their education, and improve their parental skills.

  1. Bullet 343 Parents Participated

  2. Bullet 227 Individual Coaching Sessions

  3. Bullet 71 Workshops

We believe that parent involvement is key to a child’s development.  We’re glad to have United Way as a partner.

We Welcome Our New

Bridge Academy Staff

Reading And Beyond welcomes the newest members of our team, the staff of the Bridge Academy program.  Case Managers Jose Conchas and Erica Ocegueda, Administrative Manager Michelle Pannett, and Case Managers May Ly and Jonathan Murray.

Learn about the Bridge Academy

Wish List

We’re currently in need of office supplies, art supplies, dictionaries and encyclopedias (for young children), laptops, and cell phones.

To donate any of these items, new or used, please contact Jenny Brietigam at jbrietigam@readingandbeyond.org.

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4819 E. Butler Avenue

Fresno, CA 93727

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Success Spotlight

Even Start Program

In a partnership with Balderas Elementary School, Reading And Beyond implemented the Even Start Family Literacy Program, offering low-income families the combination of Early Childhood Education, adult literacy, parenting education, and interactive literacy activities for parents and their children.

Julissa Martinez is a mother of five and currently active in the program.  She enrolled herself and her youngest child, two-year-old Katherine...

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Summer Book Drive

700 Books Collected for our Supervised Children’s Rooms

This summer, a book drive was held at our six Fresno County Supervised Children’s Room, to provide books for participating families to take home.  Over 700 new and gently used books were donated...



Abude, Frank

Advincilla, Bernadette

Almendarez, Angelina

Arkelian, Lynn

Austria, Chloe

Austria, Fianna

Austria, Ivan

Bader, Nan

Barnes, Rebecca

Bartucci, Bryan

Bennett, Eleanor

Bertoni-Cryer, Lynette

Blaine, Ellen

Brietigam, Lynette

Brown, Ann

Brown, Shimika

Byerly, Maria

Carr, Mary Ann

Carter, Lynn

Chan, Brenda

Chan, Cara

Cobie, Sarah

Conboy, Wanda

Demler, Ryan

Doi, Kelli

Dominguez, Jessica

Dum, Margot

Dum, Nomie

Emory, Alexandra

Espinosa, JoAnne

Espinosa, Sandra

Euston, Judi

Fianna, Ivan

Fiester, Shirley

Flores, Arlet

Flores, Brisana

Flores, Belen

Folino, Claire

Forrest, Alan

Forrest, Carol

Furr, Adrienne

Garcia, Linda

Gaskill, Todd

Gomez, Guadalupe

Gomez, Veronica

Gonzalez, Gabriela

Gonzalez, Maria

Gross, Karen

Hamm, MaryJane

Hawkins, Charlien

Holt, Carrie

Jacinto, Veronica

Jolley, Karen

Kerney, Larry

Kratzer, Debra

Kratzer, Maya

Lacefield, Pattie

Ladra, James

Langford, Roni

Lara, Jeanenne

Lennon, Laverne

Logan, Kathy

Lowe, Timothy

McAfee, Gloria

McClurg, Florence

MacDougall, Jennifer

Mandas, Amanda

Marroquin, Johnny

Martinez, Yenedith

Medrano, Reina

Mendes, Lauren

Mensah, Kafui

Meux, Libby

Michelson, Joanne

Middleton, Anne

Moens, Destiny

Morley, Laurence

Moua, Mai Xia

Munro, Jaime

Murphy, Amiya

Nhem, Sokhoeun

Ornelas, Miguel

Orosco, Victoria

Osborne, Deborah

Owens, Gewarren

Pena, Elisa

Pena, Yelitza

Polenz, Jo Ann

Polenz, Ned

Quezada, Alexa

Ruben, Jennifer

Salwasser, Donna

Sandoval, Naomi

Scott, Gayle

Scott-Abude, Rachael

Shkaruba, Aleksander

Snyder, Rebecca

Sorenson, Maribel

Srey, Julian Luu

Stanley, Diana

Stratman, Wilma

Suddath, Kay

Sutton, Tammy

Thollie, Marion

Troeger, Joshua

Varaitch, Bhupinder

Venegas, Brianna

Villa, Linda

Vue, Kau

Walker, Demetrius

Willis, Wanda

Woskoski, Karin

Wray, Tom

Wright, Holland

Wright, Ken

Wyrick, Jeannette

Wyrick, Judy

Zeluff, Grace

Our Summer Literacy Program is Now Running

Nearly 500 Children Participating

The 2010 Reading And Beyond Summer Literacy Program launched on June 14, with nearly 500 children enrolled at six locations.  Students receive literacy tutoring, arts and crafts classes, fitness education, and more...

Read more about our Summer Literacy Program