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2016 is off to a busy start and this newsletter is filled with stories of what we've been up to.

We are settling into our new offices at Central United Methodist Church, 1011 2nd St. in downtown Muskegon, the same building that houses Kid’s Food Basket.  We are excited to be more accessible to our learners, partners and volunteers. Our office is now open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10-2 and other hours by appointment.  Please feel free to stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.

Our staff and volunteers are working hard to serve more low-literacy adults and their families.  In 2015, we provided over 4000 contact hours of instruction, reaching almost 250 adults.  2016 will find us exploring new ways to provide accessible literacy programs while we continue to support and strengthen those we currently offer.

As always, we are grateful for everyone who is a part of helping us to create a more literate Muskegon County.

Melissa Moore, Executive Director

Family Literacy Dinners Highlighted
on Fox 17 News
For over a year, Read Muskegon has been providing weekly literacy classes for participants at EXIT (Empowering Ex-Offenders in Transition), a jail re-entry program for felony convicted fathers.  Each month, Read Muskegon hosts a Family Literacy Dinner for the participants, their children and extended family members, as part of our mission to break the cycle of illiteracy.  

Click here to watch the FOX 17 story on the program.

Interested in getting involved in the EXIT program? 
  • Become a Read Muskegon tutor and volunteer in our class or 1-1 with a participant.
  • Work with your club, church or group of friends to donate and serve a meal for approximately 45 people at a Family Literacy dinner.
  • Collect canned goods, books, games, or puzzles that we can send home with the families.
Join us for Read Muskegon's
7th Annual Scrabble FUNdraiser
Saturday, March 5th
Light Dinner ~ Cash Bar ~ 6-9 pm
Watermark 920
Gather up your favorite Words With Friends addicts or your wordy co-workers
for an evening of friendly competition and a little bit of healthy local rivalry
all in support of Read Muskegon’s mission of creating
a more literate Muskegon County.
$100 registration fee for teams of 2-4 players.  
Includes a light dinner.
Cash bar
Prizes for high and low score, highest single word score
and most creative team name/costumes

               6:00 Check-in, Food & Drinks
 7:00 Games Begin

       Register online at

For more information please contact Louise at 231-769-5985 or

The Gift of Literacy

In mid-December, we hosted our 2nd Annual Holiday Literacy Village for families involved in Read Muskegon programs, enrolled in local Head Starts or participating in other parent support programs. Parents and children made their way through nine stations, each focused on fun ways to build early literacy skills. Before heading home, each child was able to select several books to keep and each parent was provided with a literacy resource bag. Thank you to all of those who helped make this event possible including our many individual donors. And a big thanks to the Whitehall High School NHS students who got up bright and early on a Saturday morning to volunteer! The gift of literacy is one that will last a lifetime.
Welcome New Board Member, Paula Kendra


Paula Kendra, Principal and Marketing Strategist at Kendra Consulting, is a marketing leader focused on customer advocacy. She has over 25 years of experience in leading strategic marketing initiatives, including customer segment and needs identification, product development, branding, pricing, distribution planning and multi-media promotional campaigns, for both business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) organizations. Paula combines her experience with her strategic, energetic and results-oriented approach to help clients take their organizations to new places. We're excited to have Paula join our team!

May 21st 2016

Read Muskegon Presents
Vox Vidorra & The Edukators
A Concert to Support Literacy in Muskegon County
Frauenthal Performing Arts Center
Tickets $10 general admission    $12.75 reserved seating
More details coming soon.

   Partners in Literacy
Get Involved
How can you make a difference?  Consider becoming a Read Muskegon volunteer. We'll provide you with all of the training that you need to work with low-literacy adults in our 1-1 tutoring program, at our Literacy Labs, in our small group sessions at EXIT or MI Works. Call Sarah at 231-766-5040 to find out more.
Board of Directors

Jane Wright,  Chair
Cyndi Langlois, Vice Chair
Courtney Schaub-Olsen, Secretary

Brandon Davis
Sarah Emmerson
James Geisler
Paula Kendra
Frank Kennedy
Merle Scolnik
Jonathan Wilson
Jane Wright

Jennifer Zwemer

Melissa Moore, Executive Director

Sarah Klassen, Coordinator

Louise Schaallema, Office Manager

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Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 1312, Muskegon, Michigan, 49443

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