Raising A Reader

RAR's mission is to engage caregivers in a routine of book sharing with their children from birth through age eight to foster healthy brain development, healthy relationships, a love of reading, and the literacy skills critical for school success.
Jun 25, 2014

Double Your Impact today!

Today Only! Microsoft is matching all donations made to Literacy Programs for Children.

Today you can Double Your Impact on early childhood literacy and continue to provide children all over the country access to the joys of reading.

This offer applies to any gift made after 9am PDT (12noon EDT) at Literacy Programs for Children.

Thank you for choosing to support us in our aim to serve children and families across the country with the Raising A Reader programs. 

Yours in Book Sharing 
The Raising A Reader Team


For more information on how Microsoft supports youth initiatives see http://www.globalgiving.org/youthspark and check out #YouthSpark on Twitter


Jun 24, 2014

Just One Day to Double Your Impact

Tomorrow, for just one day, Microsoft and GlobalGiving will double your impact by matching all gifts made to Literacy Programs for Children

Just $35 enables a child to continue in our program for 1 year; $100 enrolls a brand new child in a new program. Tomorrow we can double those numbers! By doubling your gift we can double our impact.

This offer only applies to gifts made via our GlobalGiving platform so please visit us there at Literacy Programs for Children

As always, thank you for your ongoing support of childhood literacy through Raising A Reader.

Yours in book sharing                        
The Raising A Reader Team


Jun 18, 2014

Blue Bags, Book Sharing and a Summer visit from the Baltimore Mayor

RAR's Derrell Washington in Baltimore last week

Here at Raising A Reader the weeks leading up to summer mean one very special thing – it’s time for kids to graduate from the Raising A Reader program!

This is always a very special time of year and involves thousands of events across the country. At each event, children receive a Raising A Reader blue library bag to take home and use to carry books from the library. Teachers provide parents and children with information on local library membership and any child without a membership is shown where to sign up – This helps make summer all about books and opportunities for children to share books with their parents or caregivers.

Serramonte Head Start, San Mateo County CA, held one of the many blue library bag events this spring. Head Start programs in San Mateo provide an affordable high quality option for parents in a region that often sees families priced out of quality child care.

In Baltimore, Arlington Elementary hosted a summer reading event and had a very special guest drop by. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a strong supporter of Raising A Reader and the more than 20,000 children enrolled in Raising A Reader throughout Baltimore, came to the event to showcase the progress being made by students throughout the city.  

"It is so important for the future of our young people that they develop a love for reading. This is a great program. I am very proud that it's here in Baltimore. I'm glad to see so many parents here today. This is a group effort."

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Raising A Reader

In the photo above, our Manager of Programs Derrell Washington reads to a room of Arlington  Elementary students at the event last week.

Thank you for making wonderful events like these possible!

It is because of donors like you that we are able to provide these vital opportunities for children to experience the joy of reading and develop a love of books. Thank you from programs like Serramonte Head Start in California and schools like Arlington Elementary in Maryland.  Donors like you make it possible for Raising A Reader to implement these opportunities across the country.       

Yours in book sharing 
The Raising A Reader Team

Ps. Keep an eye on our GlobalGiving updates – Next week Microsoft will be matching all gifts made to Raising A Reader! We’ll keep you updated as we get closer to the day.

Thank you! from children of Serramonte Head Start
Thank you! from children of Serramonte Head Start


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