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February 1, 2018

NFL Players Visit Reading Partners at PS 123 in Harlem

For Immediate Release


Maris Goodstein

Executive Director, Reading Partners New York City

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New York, NY — January 26, 2018

Reading Partners was thrilled to host former NFL player Chris Lewis-Harris and the SkrineWay Team at its reading center at PS 123 Mahalia Jackson, a Title I elementary school located in central Harlem. The team came bearing toy donations for the students. Their visit coincides with National Mentoring Month, which celebrates the power of mentoring relationships and calls for more people to play a supportive role in the lives of children.

“It was fun to visit PS 123 and meet with the school leaders and the team from Reading Partners,” said Chris Lewis-Harris. “We were thrilled to be able to donate over 50 toys to the school store and see Reading Partners and their volunteers in action. We look forward to going back soon to tutor with this amazing organization.”

Reading Partners is a proven, national nonprofit that mobilizes community volunteers to work one-on-one with struggling readers. Volunteers utilize an easy-to-follow, individualized lesson plan each week in order to meet students at their level and help them make the critical transition from learning to read to reading to learn. This year, the program in New York City plans to serve 1,070 students across 19 high-need school sites throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.

“We are so excited that the SkrineWay Team was able to come in person to learn about the program and meet some of our students,” said Maris Goodstein, executive director of Reading Partners New York. “This is what Reading Partners is all about: getting individuals in the community directly into schools to provide support for kids. Their generous donations of toys were icing on the cake!”

To learn more about volunteering with Reading Partners, please email or call (646) 395-3831.

About Reading Partners

Reading Partners empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring. Since its founding, the national nonprofit organization has provided proven, individualized literacy tutoring to nearly 45,000 elementary school students in under-resourced schools across ten states and the District of Columbia. to learn more about our program impact, or connect with us on FacebookLinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

Recently, Reading Partners was recognized as a Best Practice Honoree during the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards. The 2017 awards program honored 15 organizations for outstanding work in the field of literacy and implementation of best practices in literacy promotion.

Chris Lewis-Harris observes a Reading Partners tutor-student pair.

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