eNewsletter - Issue 4 - May 2010

Marj Johnson

In Memoriam of a Dear Friend

On April 1, Reading and Beyond lost a dear friend, Marj Johnson.  Marj was one of Reading And Beyond's first volunteers (then called Fresno Covenant Foundation).  When the organization was in its infancy, she volunteered in the office helping Luis with clerical duties, answering phones, maintaining files, proofreading grants and much, much more.

Before volunteering with Reading and Beyond, Marj worked at Fresno State, as secretary to the President for 33 years. Marj believed in the mission of Reading And Beyond from the beginning and never hesitated to share her expertise, opinions, and thoughts as the organization grew over the years. Marj's work with Reading And Beyond is valued and respected and her influence has helped shape our organization to this day

In 2005, Reading And Beyond's Board of Directors, recognized Marj with our Donald G. Larson Award for Community Excellence for her support over the years. Marj was a true friend to Reading and Beyond and will be missed by all.

2009 Annual Report

Get an in-depth look at the people and programs of Reading And Beyond.  Our annual report for 2009 is now available for download or viewing online. 

Click here to read more

Wish List

Listed below are some things we need for our daily operations.  If you'd like to donate any of these items, new or used, please contact Jenny Brietigam at jbrietigam@readingandbeyond.org.

Office Desks: new or used, any style.

Office Supplies: pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, dry-erase markers, erasers, pencil sharpeners, folders, binders, index cards.

Books: new or gently used dictionaries and encyclopedias,  especially those meant for young children.

Art Supplies: markers, crayons, colored pencils, chalk, stickers, glue.

Computers: new or used laptops.

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Become A Volunteer

A little of your time can mean a lot to a child.  Become a volunteer and help us continue to serve the children and families of the Central Valley.  Learn more on our Volunteers page.

Reading And Beyond

4819 E. Butler Avenue

Fresno, CA 93727

559/454-8810 Ph.

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FREE Summer Program - Starting Soon

8 weeks - June 14th to August 6th

Reading And Beyond is offering FREE tutoring over the summer.  Give your child a head start for the next school year.  Students will receive reading tutoring, fitness and sports, arts and crafts, and much more.


Thank You For All Your Support

Mother’s Day Candy Flowers and

Community Bake Sale

Thank you to everyone who ordered our hand-made chocolate flower bouquets. The cute little bouquets were a hit. 205 bouquets were sold and $800 was raised to help purchase new toys for our Preschool.

We also wish to thank everyone that contributed to our community bake sale at Pilgrim Armenian Church on May 1st.  Thank you to those who baked or bought cakes, cookies, and pies in support of our Community Sites.  The money raised will help us tutor more children.


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“Bikes & Books” Event Brings in 3,044 Books

On Saturday, May 15th, Garner Tree Services and Mathews Harley Davidson held a book donation event in the parking lot at Sal’s Mexican Restaurant in North Fresno.  A grand total of 3,044 books were collected. All the books will be given out to the students in our programs.

Reading And Beyond wishes to thank everyone that came to the event.  Special thanks to Sal’s Mexican Restaurant, Salsa’s Mexican Grill, La Buena 101.9 FM, K-HITS 107.1 FM, The Blaze 105.1 FM, Garner Tree Services, and Mathews Harley-Davidson.

View PHOTOS of the event


Success Spotlight

After-School Program - Wishon Elementary

After-school tutoring is one of the key components of Reading And Beyond’s Literacy Intervention program.  Students falling behind in school are offered the extra support they need to bring them up to grade-level.

Angel is in the fourth grade at Wishon Elementary School.  When he entered the After-School Program one year ago he was assessed as “Below Basic.”



Introducing “Fresno Bridge Academy”

We are excited to announce the launch of a new program at Reading And Beyond called “Fresno Bridge Academy” in partnership with FIFUL (Fresno Institute for Urban leadership) and funded by Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board, Economic Opportunities Commission, and AT&T.