Our Schools and Students

Read Ahead serves approximately 1,000 students, primarily from grades K-5, across 16 elementary schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Our school partnerships are the foundation of our program. We achieve great impact with our students because of the support we receive from teachers and administrators. For many of our schools, we have been partnered for over 20 years.


Students are recommended by staff within our partner schools because they are:

Reading below grade level

English language learners

In need of social or emotional support to boost their self-confidence, their classroom performance, or their interest in reading.

Read Ahead Provides

  • Our program at no cost to the schools and students we serve.
  • New books and supplemental resources to ensure a fun and safe learning environment.
  • A Read Ahead program coordinator, who matches students with mentors and facilitates the program each day.
Schools provide

School staff, primarily teachers, identify students who would most benefit from having a reading mentor

Space for students and mentors to meet in one-on-one pairs such as classrooms, multi-purpose rooms, or libraries

Belief in and support for the importance and impact of the program

Our Schools


P.S. 1: The Alfred E. Smith School
8 Henry St.
Program Coordinator: Delores Tucker

P.S. 33: Chelsea Preparatory School
281 9th Ave.
Program Coordinator: Eva David

P.S. 36: The Margaret Douglas School
123 Morningside Dr.
Program Coordinator: Mary Showers

P.S. 51: The Elias Howe School
525 West 44th St.
Program Coordinator: Nancy Fiaschetti
Program Coordinator: Barb Edwards

P.S. 59: Beekman Hill International
233 East 56th St.
Program Coordinator: Carmen Vilanova

P.S. 110: The Florence Nightingale School
285 Delancey St.
Program Coordinator: Kathleen Keene


P.S. 111: The Adolph S. Ochs School
440 West 53rd St.
Program Coordinator: Dinorah Argueta 
Program Coordinator: Agnes Rosario

P.S. 116: The Mary Lindley Murray School
210 East 33rd St.

P.S. 125: The Ralph Bunche School
425 West 123rd St.
Program Coordinator: Susanne Acheampong 

Program Coordinator: Jaime Mishkin

P.S. 130: The Hernando De Soto School
143 Baxter St.
Program Coordinator: Beryl Matshiqi

P.S. 134: The Henrietta Szold School
293 East Broadway
Program Coordinator: Bess Hauser

Ella Baker School
317 East 67th St.
Program Coordinator: Victoria Aldea

Brooklyn and Queens


P.S. 287: The Bailey K. Ashford School
50 Navy St.
Program Coordinator: Beryl Matshiqi

P.S. 67: The Charles A. Dorsey School
51 Saint Edwards Street
Program Coordinator: Tarilyn Little


P.S. 92: Harry T. Stewart School
99-01 34th Ave., Corona
Program Coordinator: Eva David

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