Ready Readers Fox Cities

Making an Impact for Young Readers!

Ready Readers Fox Cities is a subgroup of Leadership Fox Cities that's on a mission to provide books to young readers in our area. The need to get books in the hands of children is now more prominent than ever. With fewer children in schools or visiting libraries, providing a different route to get books into homes is important. Research shows that increased access to books in a household correlates with higher school readiness and greater future reading skills as a child grows up. Additionally, for infant/toddler populations, being read to and physically interacting with books are both developmentally important for developing communication skills, patience, and literacy. Ready Readers Fox Cities is proud to partner with the United Way and Scholastic Books to get books into the hands of eager readers this year.

We cannot meet this need alone. We need your help!
We are seeking donations to fund this program. Donations will in turn be used to purchase books that will be placed in local organizations for children to take home and enjoy. Books will be provided to readers in kindergarten through 9th grade. We are asking for a minimum donation of $250 (that amount provides more than 200 books!) but would be grateful for any amount you are able to provide. Donations are being accepted now through Friday, Feb. 26.

Click here to donate!
If you are interested in participating in this program but are unable to donate, please consider registering your business or office to receive books. There is no financial obligation; just sign up and receive your books! Book orders will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 19 and will be delivered by the end of April.
Click here to sign up to receive books!
Meet the team behind Ready Readers Fox Cities

Mandy Dix
Mandy is from Laona and attended college at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, where she received a degree in Business Administration in 2010. She graduated with an MBA from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh in 2016 and currently resides in Appleton. Mandy is currently working as a Product Manager at Miller Electric Manufacturing LLC. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. Mandy enjoys spending time reading with her toddler and feels books are very important for young readers to learn and develop. She says the Ready Readers Fox Cities program will allow more children the opportunity to experience the many benefits books bring.
Lucas Dorow
Lucas is a native of Kaukauna. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Norbert College in 2014. In the years following his education he has worked for East Wisconsin Savings Bank as an accounting assistant. As an avid traveler he is able to understand the world through cultural exploration, the inspirational qualities of nature, and lasting family memories. He says: "While adults are fortunate to have these luxuries, they become limited by the confines of founded beliefs and experiences. Children do not see such boundaries, and books are an affirmation that such things do not exist. Parents reading books aloud to children creates a bonding connection and an early understanding of what the world can be. Ready Readers Fox Cities is the link of the strong community culture of the Fox Cities and a return to the meaning of family time."
Becca Jakubek
Becca grew up in Appleton and currently resides in Neenah. She is the Marketing Project Manager at Menasha Packaging, headquartered in Neenah. She double-majored at the University of Wisconsin – Madison with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Sociology.  She went on to pursue further education at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, completing her Master of Science in Educational Leadership in 2012.  She is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.  Becca is active in the United Way Emerging Leaders group, serving as the Events Vice-Chair. Becca has always been passionate about education and the community – bringing Ready Readers Fox Cities to our community to promote early literacy encompasses both passions. "Please consider donating to Ready Readers Fox Cities to help us increase the number of books distributed to the youth in our community!" she says.
Amy Molitor
Amy is a Neenah native. She received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 2012 and last spring successfully completed her Master in Public Administration from the University of Colorado – Denver. She is about to begin a new role as the Deputy City Clerk for the City of Appleton, fulfilling her love of local government and the democratic process. She enjoys spending her free time reading and baking for her friends and family. The Ready Readers Fox Cities program speaks to Amy’s passion for reading and to her desire that others have the opportunity to develop the same passion. As a former library employee, she has seen first-hand the impact that access to books has on young readers and is excited for the opportunity to increase that access for members of our community.
Noe Smart
Noe was born and raised on the island of Maui, where she attended private elementary and high school and attended the University of Hawaii, eventually moving to Wisconsin in 2002. Noe graduated with honors and received her Associates Degree in Banking and Finance in December 2012 through Fox Valley Technical College. Noe continued to further her education while employed with Capital Credit Union and now enjoys her role as an Investment Advisor Representative. In her free time, Noe keeps busy as an active volunteer member within her community through coaching youth soccer and serving on 2 Boards of Directors. "Maya Angelou says it best," Noe says. “'I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.'" Noe believes that being able to put books into the hands of our young readers of the Fox Cities provides that opportunity to allow the youth in our Fox Cities access to continued knowledge.
Laina Wydeven
Laina was born and raised in Appleton and attended college at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in History and Minor in Democracy & Justice Studies in 2014. She is the Director of First Impressions at Employment Resource Group, Inc. In her free time, Laina enjoys traveling, the arts, and spending time with family and friends. Laina is passionate about education and literacy. She believes Ready Readers Fox Cities is an excellent way to encourage early childhood literacy in our community and make sure everyone has access to books.
Note: Ready Readers Fox Cities is following CDC Guidelines on COVID-19 and IS taking precautions to prepare and deliver materials. We will be wearing gloves and masks at all times, and reduce the volume of volunteers to a minimum.