New Mexico Lions Crane Reading Foundation

Mailing Address: PO Box 2846, Las Cruces, NM 88004
County of Location: Dona Ana
Phone: (575) 373-2912
NTEE Code: B- Education, E- Health Care
Mission Statement:

The New Mexico Lions Crane Reading Foundation (NMLCRF), a 501c(3) organization, was formed for the express purpose of improving reading skills in New Mexico. NMLCRF advocates and supports the New Mexico Lions Crane Reading Program (NMLCRP).

Primary Programs:

NMLCRF operates a reading lab equipped with 20 computers and software programs Lexia, My Reading Coach and Fluent Reading Trainer. The facility includes jump ropes, a ball throw back net, and balls to build gross motor skills. Younger students are given a template to use to trace circles, squares, and triangles, and then retrace the figures without the template. This process builds fine motor skills and improves handwriting.

In the 2009-2010 academic year, 23 students who reached Fluent Reading Trainer demonstrated significant reading improvement. The average reading speed increased from 185 wpm to 323 wpm. The average Lexile scores increased from 636 to 831, approximately 2 grade levels. Additionally, 10 students mastered the 60 Lexia kindergarten level activities, 8 students mastered more than 300 Lexia Primary Reading activities and 21 students mastered more that 300 Lexia Strategies for Older Students activities. Mastering 360 Lexia activities correlates with a minimum two grade level improvement in reading skills.

In the summer of 2008, 38 students reached Fluent Reading Trainer. These students averaged 128 words per minute at the beginning and 267 wpm at the end of the sessions. Three students who were going to be retained in grade improved their reading skills enough to be eligible for the next grade.

NMLCRF also provides vision care services for low income children. Over the last five years NMLCRF has fitted about 700 children with glasses.

Populations Served: Children and Youth
Counties Served: Dona Ana, Otero
Year Founded:


Annual Budget: $24,999 or less
Personnel: All Volunteer
Executive Director:

George Mulholland, Ph. D.

Accepts inquiries: Accepts inquiries about volunteering, Accepts inquiries about board member positions
Nonprofit Status: Has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS, Is registered as a Nonprofit Corporation with the State of New Mexico

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