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Deerfield Neighbors Charity Spotlight | July 2022

Reading Power Kicks Off 20th Year of One-to-One Tutoring with New Leadership This Fall

 

Reading Power, Inc., Lake Country-based literacy nonprofit providing one-to-one literacy tutoring for at-risk students in North Chicago, Waukegan, and Zion, IL will kick off the 2022-2023 program year this September under new leadership.

Former Deerfield resident Lisa Bulzoni, MEd, was promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer this May and current longtime Deerfield resident Kristin Fine, MEd, assumed the Director of Programs role. As CEO, Lisa will bring her innovative thinking, passion, and above all, dedication to the organization’s mission to foster the promise of literacy. “My life’s work and passion have been to make a difference in the lives of children. Reading Power is at the forefront of improving the literacy lives of children and I look forward to finding additional ways to bring the joy of literacy to even more students,” Lisa shared.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the literacy needs of at-risk students Reading Power serves rapidly grew. School closures and low engagement in virtual learning were added barriers to learning. Students are now even further behind than ever. Statistics show us the devastation that results from not being able to read proficiently can be. Two-thirds of children who cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade will end up in jail or on welfare. The cost of not providing early intervention is devasting. The need is urgent. The good news is that Reading Power is a part of the solution. Research shows that the kind of one-to-one support Reading Power provides students is a proven catalyst for accelerated learning. Reading Power can provide young children the reading intervention they need for $2,000 per student each year. But our work is not done, and we NEED YOUR help. Please visit our website to donate or learn more about becoming a volunteer tutor.

Lisa Bulzoni, MEd

Reading Power, Inc. Announces New CEO Leadership

Lisa Bulzoni, MEd, was recently promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Lisa brings 25 years of educational experience to the CEO role, after most recently serving as Reading Power’s Executive Director of Programs and Operations. A valued and trusted leader, Lisa has been instrumental in the organization’s tremendous success since joining in 2017. Under her guidance, Reading Power programs have been expanded, tutor recruitment and engagement have improved, and the impact with students has increased, despite the many challenges the COVID pandemic brought.