Dodger Pitcher Rich Hill Joins The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) In Read to a Child's Lunchtime Reading Program Tomorrow at Leo Politi Elementary School

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and national non-profit literacy and mentoring organization Read to a Child® today announced that Dodger pitcher Rich Hill will visit the Leo Politi Elementary School, 2481 W 11th St in Los Angeles, tomorrow, August 26 and read aloud to children in Read to a Child's Lunchtime Reading Program. The event, which begins at 11:30 a.m., highlights Read to a Child's partnership with LADF in improving children's literacy skills among those most at-risk in the community while underscoring how partnerships with area corporations create better opportunities for underserved children. 

At tomorrow's event, students from the Politi Elementary will present Hill with a personal copy of Dr. Seuss' newly released book "What Pet Should I Get?," signed by the children in the Lunchtime Reading Program. Hill will then read this book aloud to the students. Leo Politi is one of seven public elementary schools in greater Los Angeles where Read to a Child operates its Lunchtime Reading Program. Across the U.S., Read to a Child manages a force of 1,500 adult volunteers from more than 100 corporations who visit urban elementary schools once a week and read aloud one-on-one to children during lunch. 

LADF has bestowed a $10,000 grant to Read to a Child to support the continued expansion of the Lunchtime Reading Program and improve reading levels of youth at risk of academic failure in six Title 1 elementary schools - Playa Del Rey, Juan Cabrillo, Peter Burnett, 10th Street, Brockton, Leo Politi, and Sunrise - with the goal to grow to 8 and serve more than 700 students. This effort is part of LADF's Education + Literacy cornerstone which supports organizations that seek to provide access, opportunity and innovation to youth at critical engagement stages including middle school engagement, during and after-school programs and college access and success. In 2015, 76.3% of LADF's total giving benefitted Education + Literacy.

Media interested in attending this event should reply to this email or contact the Dodgers' Public Relations department by calling (323) 224-1301. For more information on LADF, please visit www.dodgers.com/ladf.

About Read to a Child

Read to a Child, www.readtoachild.org, is a national nonprofit literacy and mentoring organization that inspires caring adults to read aloud to at-risk children to create better opportunities for the child's future. Research shows that reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for eventual success in reading and, thus, likelihood for success in school, career and life. When an adult reads aloud to a child, both parties have a joyful, rewarding experience that instills a love of reading, improves literacy skills and enhances a child's self-confidence. Read to a Child's Lunchtime Reading Program utilizes 1,500 volunteers from more than 100 socially-minded organizations who read aloud to nearly 1,200 at-risk elementary school students in greater Boston, Connecticut, Detroit, Los Angeles and Miami.