The Motheread/Fatheread reading program recently celebrated graduations spearheaded by United Way of Greater Los Angeles and sponsored by Valero Wilmington Refinery, Motheread/Fatheread is a 10-week program in Wilmington, CA that empowers parents to read to their young children at home. 

Veronica Salazar, a mother in the program, thanked United Way and Valero for supporting and encouraging mothers to participate in their children’s education.

During our first-ever virtual graduation, we celebrated the dedication of 80 parents and their children. Attendees had the opportunity to hear author NoNieqa Ramos read her first debut picture book, Your Mama, as well as enter a raffle for books and gift cards. 

“I joined this program because I know literacy opens doors to new opportunities by enriching our vocabulary,” said Gabriella Piloña, a parent in the Motheread/Fatheread program.“The program has helped me with problem solving and critical thinking.” 

The Motheread/Fatheread has been running for over a decade. During Spring and Fall school semesters, parents and students are led by trained and certified facilitators. The program strengthens and supports adult literacy, critical thinking, reading comprehension, writing skills, and reflective listening. 

Motheread/Fatheread works with the following schools:

  • Broad Avenue Elementary

  • Fries Avenue Elementary

  • George DeLa Torre Elementary

  • Gulf Avenue STEAM Elementary and Magnet Center

  • Harry Bridges Span School 

  • Hawaiian Avenue STEAM Magnet Elementary

  • Wilmington Park Elementary

We are proud to create learning environments within schools that allow parents and their children to learn together. Parents and children of all literacy levels are invited to join us this coming fall semester.