You may know Kristi Yamaguchi from her figure skating days. Since then, she has become a philanthropist, adapting to California’s remote-learning mandate in both her nonprofit work and personal life.
Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation has been working to help increase the time kids spend reading during the coronavirus pandemic. The group provides tablets stocked with digital books, as well as internet access through a mobile data plan, to students in need. Its programs were already adapted for home learning, but with additions like virtual orientation and Facebook Live storytime, they’ve seen an increase of 15 to 20 percent in minutes read per day.
The organization — which focuses on California, Arizona and Hawaii — has recently provided tablets to five new schools, helping 600 students.