Support our Summer Academy

For the past three years Reading and Beyond’s six-week Summer Academy has helped students maintain the growth

they have made during the school year, and make further academic gains during the summer months.  We are trying to raise enough money to enroll over 300 students in our 2012 Summer Academy.  Please consider partnering with Reading and Beyond by making a one-time donation or monthly pledge below.

Back by Popular Demand - ZUMBATHON® #2!


Ditch the Workout... Join the Party!  Back by popular demand, Reading and Beyond will host our second Zumbathon® fundraising fitness event at the Mosqueda Community Center on April 29.

Zumba® fitness is a fun and unique way to dance, laugh, and help raise money for Reading and Beyond. Join us for an afternoon of prizes and high energy Latin-inspired dance moves for all skill and fitness levels. Don't worry if you can't dance, come and have a blast!

An $8.00 donation to Reading and Beyond gets you a ticket in advance.  $10.00 at the door.  To donate and register visit our Zumba webpage at the link below.

Get TICKETS for Zumbathon here

View PHOTOS of our past Zumbathon


Downtown Rotary Club of Fresno donates $1,500

On January 30, Reading and Beyond received a generous donation from the Downtown Rotary Club of Fresno in the amount of $1,500, for the purchase of new tables and chairs for the Mosqueda Center.  The donation was made by Tom Crowe of the Downtown Rotary Club at a Rotary luncheon.

The tables and chairs will be used in the center's auditorium, which is where our volunteer literacy tutors work one-on-one with students,  parent workshops are held, and many other events take place throughout the year.

Reading and Beyond wishes to thank the Downtown Rotary Club of Fresno for their donation and continuing support.


Advocacy Day in Sacramento

On March 27, Reading and Beyond parents and staff participated in Advocacy Day in Sacramento, to raise awareness of the key role parent engagement plays in a child’s academic improvement.

Over 100 parents, community leaders, and school board members from the Central Valley and Inland Empire gathered at the State Capitol to share the message of parent engagement being a key strategy to school improvement.

Parents had the opportunity to meet with representatives from Assembly Member Henry Perea and Don Wagner's office, as well as representatives from Senator Bill Emerson, Michael Rubio, Sharron Runner and Kevin de Leon's office. Discussions were held about the importance of engaging parents as part of a comprehensive effort to improve California’s schools.

View PHOTOS of the event


Technology Event

Reading and Beyond was proud to host Fresno's first GiveCamp on March 23-25. The technology community came together for a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donated their time to create custom software for nonprofit organizations.

Developers spent the weekend at the Mosqueda Community Center working on various projects for organizations, which included new websites, databases, cell phone apps and donation services.

Reading and Beyond extends a thank-you to all those involved with GiveCamp, who took time to help our nonprofits, who in-turn serve our community.


Mosqueda Beautification Day - Thank You

We wish to give a HUGE thank you to the small army of volunteers who joined Reading and Beyond in cleaning up the Mosqueda Community Center on March 24. Over 75 volunteers helped beautify the community center by picking up trash, sweeping sidewalks, raking flower beds, planting flowers, adding fresh soil, and re-painting signs and benches.

We started the day with hot coffee donated by Starbucks, and ended with a pizza lunch donated by Pacifica Pizza.  Reading and Beyond wishes to thank everyone who participated and donated. Our home at the Mosqueda Center looks better than ever.

View PHOTOS of this event




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Bank of the Sierra helps Einstein Site

Thank you to Mark Layne and Bank of the Sierra for the $2,000 donation to our Einstein Community Site. Einstein Park Community Center is one of the newest additions to our community-based after-school program sites. The center was originally operated though the City of Fresno; however, due to budget constraints, several publicly operated community centers, including the Einstein Park Community Center, were slated to be closed.  In order to continue providing this resource for children and families in the neighborhood, Reading and Beyond is assisting the City of Fresno by operating the center.

The Einstein program runs Monday- Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and offers a drop-in recreation center for neighborhood students and literacy intervention program. This is the second year Bank of the Sierra has generously donated to our Einstein site. We are thankful for Bank of the Sierra’s ongoing support of our program.


The Cat In The Hat

visits two of our schools

In commemoration of Dr Seuss's Birthday, two of our school-based sites were treated to a visit by a classic Dr. Seuss character, The Cat in the Hat.

The Cat visited our after-school program students at Balderas and Storey Elementary schools. During his visit, he gave out activities, visited students during their reading and fitness sessions, and sat down to read his signature book.  It was a fun afternoon for all.

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