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On Tuesday March 14, a group of Read and Feed staff, volunteers, supporters and children gathered at PNC arena to watch our Carolina Hurricanes take on the New York Islanders.

The game was exciting, but the best part of the evening was watching our promotional video and receiving a check from Don Waddell, President of the Canes.

As the video played, our Executive Director, Kati Mullan, and Board President, Pamela Meek, made their way down to the ice followed by children in our program and their families.

The $50,000 check was awarded to Read and Feed because we were one of the winner's of the GOAL (Growing Opportunities and Leaders) Grant from the Carolina Hurricanes' Kids 'N Community Foundation. 
Check Presentation Day with the Carolina Hurricanes
Hip Hip Hooray for Hill-Rom
Read and Feed students were treated to a special night on Dr. Seuss's birthday- March 2. Hill-Rom, a global medical technology company, partnered with us to make special Thing 1 and Thing 2 hats for the three sessions that night. The kids had a great time reading Dr. Seuss books and playing rhyming games. 
Volunteering together strengthens bonds
Four years ago, after reading an article in the News and Observer, retired teacher, Felice Jarrett, started volunteering with Read and Feed. Soon after she started tutoring, Felice decided to get her grandkids, Hannah and Kyle, involved.
 
Kyle is a senior at Green Hope High School, and he started tutoring alongside Felice last year. Kyle says, “I am so impressed by my grandma's warm kindness towards the children. I pick up my grandma, and as we drive to Read and Feed we talk about our lives. Seeing her every week has made us much closer.”
 
Both Kyle and Felice enjoy the one-on-one time they spend with the kids, watching their confidence grow.
 
Volunteering with Read and Feed has also improved Kyle’s confidence and ability to interact with kids and adults. Kyle is currently tutoring a 4th grade boy named Edwin, whom he loves getting to know.
 
Edwin is passionate about science and outer space, and he told Kyle that he wants to be an astronomer. Kyle looks forward to seeing Edwin’s smiling face each week and listening to him recount life stories.
 
What are they reading now?
Felice- Saving Sophie by Ronald Balson
Kyle- Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
Read and Feed's 3rd annual Fundraising Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, April 27 at the North Raleigh Hilton at 3415 Wake Forest Rd in Raleigh. We would love for you to come and learn more about what Read and Feed is doing in the community.

Click on the above image to visit our Facebook event page.

Cost is $25. Please register by April 20.

Check-in is at 7:45 a.m. Event is from 8-9 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Harvey Schmitt, President Emeritus at Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Volunteers Needed
Read and Feed is looking for volunteers with Human Resources experience. We have opportunities available for regular volunteers or an unpaid intern.

Projects include the following:
  • generating volunteer job descriptions
  • updating the volunteer application and volunteer handbook
  • creating a volunteer survey and follow-up questionnaire
Work may be completed from home with occasional visits to the office and regular communication with Read and Feed staff. Hours are flexible.

Contact Heather if you are interested- 919-538-3840 or heather.cross@readandfeed.org
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