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Benefit Breakfast | Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 7:00am 

Lacey Community Center

  • Enjoy an inspiring speech from Chris Reykdal, Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Honor local Literacy Champions for their exceptional commitment to literacy.
  • Invest in children's literacy and bring the joy and promise of books and reading to all South Sound Children.  


Start your day among readers and leaders! South Sound Reading Foundation's annual benefit breakfast features an inspiring chat with Chris Reykdal and honors our 2023 Literacy Champions.


Keynote Speaker Chris Reykdal is someone who believes his path in life is largely owed to the public education he received. Superintendent Chris Reykdal has dedicated his career to ensuring all of Washington’s learners have equitable opportunities for high-quality public education.
Since taking office in January 2017, Chris has centered OSPI’s work on equity, supporting the whole child, and providing excellent customer service and transparency to our state’s education stakeholders. Chris envisions a public K–12 education system where all students have access to high-quality early learning, diverse and highly skilled educators, and meaningful coursework and graduation pathways that prepare them to be successful and sustainable in their lives.

Under Chris’ leadership, the state has made significant investments in services for students with disabilities, market rate salaries for Washington’s teachers, expanding student pathways to graduation, career and technical education opportunities, dual language programs beginning in elementary school, and much more.

Chris graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) with a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate, and he earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.

Chris is a lifelong learner who enjoys solving complex problems with data and research. In his free time, you can find Chris hiking, cheering on Washington’s sports teams, or seeing a movie with his family.

Chris and his wife, Kim, live in historic Tumwater with their two teenagers, Carter and Kennedy


This is a free event. An invitation to invest in our mission and support children's literacy will be made during the program.  

When: Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 7:00-8:30 a.m.

Where: Lacey Community Center | 6729 Pacific Ave. SE

Questions? Email read2me@nthurston.k12.wa.us

Presenting Sponsor:                                      


Thank you to our 2023 sponsors!

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Speaker Sponsor

Reader Leaders

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Book Believer

Dr. Joanna Haws, OD

Olympia Vision Clinic 

Lila Ann Baker Charitable Trust