Our Mission

Fostering the Promise of Literacy

More than 1 in 3 children who started school in the pandemic need intensive reading help, according to a new study by the curriculum and assessment group Amplify.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on early childhood education are just starting to be felt. Most elementary school students have yet to experience a ‘normal’ school year without school closures, teacher shortages, or absenteeism. These challenges have translated directly into greater learning loss among Reading Power’s population of predominately low-income and minority students exacerbating existing achievement gaps by 15 to 20 percent (McKinsey & Company, June 2020). However, Reading Power is part of the solution. In fact, research shows that a proven catalyst for accelerated learning is the kind of one-to-one teaching/tutoring support that Reading Power provides students.

We are made for this moment

Since 2003, Reading Power has been delivering high-dose one-to-one tutoring during the school day to over 4,100 at-risk students in Lake County, IL. Reading Power has a proven program, with proven results.

  • One-to-one tutoring individualized daily
  • Research-based cutting-edge curricula
  • Led by reading professionals and powered by trained volunteers
  • Serving students prekindergarten through second grade

Join us. Donate. Volunteer.

Reading Power Students

Our Board

Board Members

Our Reading Power Board of Directors and CEO:

Kathy McFarland, PhD, Chairman

Marra Lochiatto, MBA, Vice Chair

Kathleen Cowie, Secretary

Jim Young, MBA, Treasurer

Lisa Bulzoni, MEd, CEO

Ann Bates, EdD

John Davidson

Rob Davis, JD, MBA

Mary Jane Hender, EdD

Todd Litzsinger

Rahul Malhotra, MBA

Melinda Mooney

Jacalyn Ramdin-Johnson, MBA

Beverly Raudabaugh, MBA

Frank Sibley

Arthur Turner

Mary Weber, MA

Tom Wood

Rev. Dr. Gordon Butcher, DMin, Emeritus