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The Jamaica Read-a-thon

October 15, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Donations Accepted

Since the Fall of 2010, A Better Jamaica’s Jamaica Reads program has worked to address this problem one child at a time. We offer one-on-one tutoring to the bottom third of the first grade class at P.S. 36. Each child receives 1.5 hours of private tutoring each week.

As you might imagine, our work makes a difference! The program at P.S. 36 is supported financially by an allocation made by New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller.

New York City Council Member Adrienne Adams has allocated funds for us to expand our program to a second school here in southeast Queens.

Our goal is to provide our services in each of our schools for the entire school year — from the first week in October through the last week in May. In order to do this, we need to raise additional funds.

In order to raise these funds, we’re launching The Jamaica Read-a-thon — 12 hours of sponsored readers reading their favorite children’s books to benefit the Jamaica Reads program.

That is where you come in! You can help us raise additional funds by supporting one or more of the 48 readers participating in the first annual Jamaica Read-a-thon!

This year’s Jamaica Read-a-thon is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 15th from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on the token booth level of the Jamaica Center / Parsons Archer subway station. Each participating reader will read his or her favorite children’s book(s) for 15 minutes.

Thus far, the following folks have signed up to read / raise funds:

Andrew Clarke
Brenda Jones
Bweela Steptoe
Carolyne Malloy Johnson
Cathie Wright-Lewis
Cheryl James
Corynne Corbett
Courtney Ffrench
Daniel Carlton
David Bucknor
Deb Ruffins
Dori Dimplez
Gail Lewis
Greg Mays
Ian Harris
Isa Abdur-Rahman
Jackie Alston-Gordon
Joseph Small
Julia Shaw
Julie Bartlett
Justice Carter
Kangela Moore
Kate Peila
Kirlyn Joseph
Kwame Clarke
Laurel Brown
Linda Lawrence
Malcolm Boyd
Mel Holder
Petula Beckles
Philippa Karteron
Rana Moses
Robbyn Stewart
Robert E. Cornegy
Ron Turner
Roslin Spigner
Ruth Vargas
Ryan Reynolds
Saeed Jabbar
Sherese Francis
Sophia K-Franklin
Tasha Maragh
Taurean Hall
Terrel Cudjoe
Vanina Mcwilliams

After you click the “Register” on the Eventbrite page, you’ll be able to select just whom you’d like to support. In case you were wondering, you will indeed be able to support more than one reader.

On behalf of the students that we are fortunate to work with, thank you in advance for your support!

By the way! We are still recruiting readers so if you’d like to become one, contact Greg Mays at (718) 657-2605 or [email protected] Each reader commits to raising at least $250.


October 15, 2018
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Donations Accepted
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A Better Jamaica
(718) 657-2605


Jamaica Center Subway Station (Mezzanine Level)
Archer Avenue @ Parsons Boulevard (Token Booth Level)
Jamaica, 11432
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