The Running Readers program is focused on improving literacy skills, especially for Kindergarten-third grade students by igniting student interest and excitement for reading.

Running Readers helps children:

  • Enhance literacy skills
  • Sharpen reading and study skills
  • Build self-esteem

Developing childhood literacy is of great importance, especially at the third-grade level.  According to a report issued by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a child who does not read proficiently by the end of third grade is unlikely to ever read at grade level. A child without grade-level reading skills will have trouble keeping up with class work and ultimately faces a greater chance of dropping out of high school.

Running Readers also helps foster parent participation in his or her child’s academic life by increasing confidence and facilitating a supportive home environment for reading activities.

Make a difference – volunteer with Running Readers!

Volunteers work with a small group of students, exposing them to enriching literature through reading aloud, shared reading, interactive activities and more! Be ready to laugh, have fun and make a difference in the life of a child. Volunteers are asked to make a three-month commitment of 1-4 hours per week between 3-6 p.m. Learn more about volunteering with Running Readers.

Can’t make a long-term commitment? Why not be a guest reader at one of our Family Nights held monthly at select apartment communities? It only takes an hour in the early evening, and you don’t have to be a registered volunteer to have an impact.

For more information or to learn how you can support the Running Readers, contact Selene Miranda at or 760-432-6878 ext. 5476.

Refer a friend!

Do you know someone who may want to volunteer or donate to Running Readers? Here’s a flyer you can share with them!

Watch the Running Readers in action!

Thanks to our Running Readers Funding Partners!

United Way Women’s Leadership Council

San Diego Women’s Foundation

The Galinson Family Foundation

Graff Family Fund at the SDF

McGrory Family Fund


Union Bank