Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation

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Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation, Inc.
READ Foundation logo.jpg
Founded 1999
Founder Al Sikes
Alain Lebec
Focus Youth Literacy
Slogan Success starts early.

Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation, Inc. (abbreviated READ) is a non-profit charitable organization in the United States, founded in 1999[1] by Al Sikes and Alain Lebec.[2] The program was first conducted at two parochial schools in 2000.[1] The READ foundation was created in light of the high proportion of children in New York City from low-income households who, at that time, read below grade level. READ benefits kindergarten and first-grade students at risk of reading below grade level. The average session is forty-five minutes of phonics and fluency, conducted by middle through high-school students.[3]


  1. ^ a b "READ History". New York: Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  2. ^ Wolfer, Sandra (6 February 2005). "Lesson in tutoring Teens help kids boost reading skills". New York: Daily News. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation". Genesis Foundation. Retrieved 10 November 2009.