The holiday season is in full swing at Read Ahead as students and their mentors celebrate the end of another great year. Programs throughout the city have been participating in a paper snowflake craft activity where they have the opportunity to create their own unique design and reflect on what they appreciate and value about each other.

For pictures from each of our schools, check out our Facebook page!

From everyone at Read Ahead, have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!
December's Mentor Spotlight features Nicole Walsh and Daniel McLaughlin!
Nicole and Daniel, from Brown Brothers Harriman, have been singled out for the outstanding work they have done with their students over the past years. Read anecdotes and highlights from Nicole and Daniel's experiences with Read Ahead here.
Student Spotlight
This month, we're highlighting Chad, a 2nd-grade student who has flourished working with his mentors in Read Ahead's program over the past year-and-a-half.

Click here to read more about Chad's experiences!
It's not too late to donate to Read Ahead's #MagicofMentoring campaign! We're on our way to $25,000 thanks to the support of over 100 individual supporters. Click here to make an impact today!
Announcing Strikes, Spares, and Splits!
Read Ahead's Junior Board is thrilled to announce its 6th annual Strikes, Spares, and Splits bowling benefit will take place on March 9th in support of Read Ahead's community partner schools in Harlem and Chinatown! For more information, email Eboné Gaskins at
Wrapping up a fantastic year!

On December 7th, Read Ahead hosted its annual holiday book wrapping event at Hachette Book Group. Over 75 volunteers came down to read with students and wrap books, kicking off the holiday season. Thanks to Hachette's incredible generosity in donating 1,000 books, each student in our program received a new book for the holidays! Check out more photos on our Facebook page.
Honoring Read Ahead's
longest serving-supporters
On December 14th, Read Ahead honored a group of 50 of its longest-serving, most dedicated supporters at and event at Cravath, Swaine, & Moore. Reading mentors and Program Coordinators who have dedicated more than 5 years to the program gathered together to raise a glass and look back at the impact they've had on the many young students that they have helped throughout the years.
 Click here to see more!
Things to watch out for!
  • January is Mentoring Month. Stay tuned for more information and check out our website for updates!
  • "I am a mentor day" is on January 12th. Stay tuned for updates on how to change your Facebook profile to show your support!
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