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PLC March Newsletter

Reader of the Year


I have been tutoring a student for two years through the Redwood City Library’s Project READ program. My student is now a fourth grader, eager to improve his reading and a lively and fun kid to be around. The challenge is that he is dyslexic, so reading is not easy for him. For the first year, he made little progress, but with an hour each day in his school spent on special reading instruction this year, he is rapidly catching up to his grade’s expected reading level.

As is often the case with long term students, one’s relationship becomes very close. I believe he sees me and treats me as his grandfather, and I reciprocate by talking about life and school issues as well as occasionally playing phonics and memory games during our hour together each week.

I learned that he wanted to participate in an extracurricular group in school, but the cost, although modest, was prohibitive for him and his single mother. I asked why that group was special and he said “because you can earn a trophy!” This gave me an idea.

I play senior softball and attend tournaments throughout the West for my 70-year-old-plus team. At one major tournament, our team won the championship and was given a large team trophy for our sponsor. Our sponsor declined the honor, saying his business office was already overfilled with trophies of various sponsored teams. Because I had a good tournament, I was designated the MVP for my play and given the large loving cup.

It was quite a behemoth to display in my home and my wife let me know that it was not long for this world because of its unwieldy size. It had already been banished from the coffee table to the cabinet when I had an idea. I would reward this student’s progress by awarding him the trophy!

I went to a local trophy shop, told them I wanted to change the nameplate from its softball reference to one honoring “Reader of the Year” with the student’s name in big letters. When I told them of the circumstances of being a volunteer tutor with a struggling child, they gladly made a new nameplate and did it for free! 

My student was excited and delighted when I presented him the trophy at the end of 2016 at our weekly session. I had my wife come since she was my backup tutor when I couldn’t be present. We made a little ceremony of it. Now, my student tells me, it is displayed in a place of honor in his home.

Dennis Logie
PLC Board Member




Matthew's Story

"It's worth the commitment. It was engaging every day. It was challenging every day. I learned something every day."

Looking for a job that would allow him to improve and evolve, Matthew turned to the Big Lift Inspiring Summer's program. He worked each afternoon with five and six years olds from less fortunate neighborhoods, helping to build social confidence from a young age. 

Watch Matthew's full story here

The Big Lift is a bold social venture to transform early learning in San Mateo County. You can learn more about the great work that they are doing here.

Do you tutor? If so, we’d love to hear your story. We believe hearing stories from volunteers can inspire others to step forward and join us. 

Share Your Story


Partner Spotlight: The Redwood City Library Foundation


The overarching goal of The Redwood City Library Foundation is to enhance access to information, knowledge and technology. The Foundation acts as the “fundraising arm” of the Library, working with individual, foundation, and corporate donors to solicit donations to support specific services, improvements, collections and programs. The Foundation works closely with the Redwood City public to identify the best ways donors’ gifts can enhance the Library and meet the ever-changing needs of the community.

Founded in 1998, The Redwood City Library Foundation has raised more than $ 3 million for the Library. Recent projects include:


     •     Bridging the Digital Divide (Community Wi-Fi Project, providing

           technology and equal Internet access for youth)       

     •     Upgrades for Interpretive Center in the Redwood Shores Library

     •     Early childhood learning centers in all Redwood City Libraries 

     •     Baby Bay in the Downtown Library

     •     Career on-line High School in the Library

     •     Free books for families 

     •     Writing cats and dogs program


Click here to learn more about the Redwood City Library Foundation.

Upcoming Dates

Ongoing in March and beyond
United Through Education / Familias Unidas needs volunteers for its evening sessions in multiple schools in the Redwood City School District. Email or call
(650) 665-0122 for information on volunteering.


The Peninsula Literacy Coalition is committed to support our local schools to ensure every child in our community has an opportunity to become a proficient reader. We exist to create awareness of the need, rally volunteers and invite cross sector collaboration and engagement.

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