Para Los Niños Students Read to Lead!

Celebrating the power of books and the importance of literacy, Para Los Niños students in transitional kindergarten through 8th grade read a total of 53,724 minutes from March through April! April 30th marked the final day of our two-month Reading is Leading challenge.

The goal of this annual challenge is for young scholars to develop a love of reading. Additional benefits of Reading is Leading include improving literacy skills, increasing student reading confidence, and increasing the confidence of families and caregivers to support students in their reading and education.

The read-a-thon kicked off with Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd. March involved themed spirit days – including Dress as a Cat and Wacky Hair Days – for students to dress up as their favorite characters. The Los Angeles Central Library and Little Tokyo Branch Library held virtual tours and online workshops for families to learn how to get a library card and check-out books online.

Throughout the reading challenge, businesses, individuals, and even local high school students joined in by reading virtually to PLN scholars, contributing books, and making donations to support the schools’ library and classroom collections.

PLN Board Member Cathy Hession shared about her experience reading with students virtually:  “Pablo and Angel have both really grown as readers during the Reading is Leading challenge. We’ve been reading James and the Giant Peach and are having a lot of fun with the way Roald Dahl’s written the words. I asked them to practice reading to their siblings and they’ve gotten good at emphasizing parts for the story to sound dynamic. I feel lucky to know these two young men and to watch them become even stronger elementary school students. It’s been such a delight and I plan to participate in the program again next year.”

Now in its fourth year, our young readers tracked the minutes they spent reading, with the top three readers winning special prizes, such as books, games, toys, gift cards, Legos, PLN swag, and Los Angeles Dodgers gear. Gratts Primary Center celebrated their readers through May the 4th be with you – providing a Star Wars-themed background as a fun photo opportunity for families picking up their challenge prizes. All participants received a certificate showing their reading accomplishments, and the top three readers at each campus were gifted prize-packages full of books, toys, and more!

A special thanks to our
2021 Reading is Leading Challenge
supporting partners:

Arch Insurance
Brentwood School
Caruso Employees
DCI Engineers
Harvard Westlake
KIECC Early Childhood Center
The Pango Group
Para Los Niños Board of Directors
Rhino Records
St. Paul the Apostle Elementary School

Gratts Primary Center:

1st place – Yaretzi Arrioja, 2nd grade, Ms. Carol’s class, 4,184 minutes

2nd place – Cristal Arrellano, 2nd grade, Ms. Carol’s class, 2,533 minutes

3rd place – Jonathan Ramon, 1st grade, Ms. Arias’ class, 2,295 minutes

Charter Elementary School:

1st place – Brytanee Ortez, 4th grade, Ms. Cardenas’ class, 2,526 minutes

2nd place – Josecarlos Aguilar-Revolorio, Kindergarten, Ms. Edwards’ class, 2,265 minutes

3rd place – Destiny Alvarenga, 5th grade, Ms. Flores’ class, 2,175 minutes

Charter Middle School:

1st place – Victoria Santos, 7th grade, Alexis Alexander’s class, 6,725 minutes

2nd place – Christopher Perez, 6th grade, Sage Woods’ class, 5,045 minutes

3rd place – Christopher Osorio, 7th grade, Alexis Alexander’s class, 4,575 minutes

Congratulations to all our readers and families! Special thanks also to our librarians, secretaries, teachers, and principals for empowering students to become life-long readers. We are already looking forward to Reading is Leading next year!