Fall is in the air and book bags full of high-quality children’s literature are going home with families across the country. Beyond simply creating shared reading habits, Raising A Reader has the ability to transform lives. A father recently was introduced to Raising A Reader after reluctantly joining a “Parenting Program” led by a family agency in Northern California. By the third week in the program, he was beginning to read with his seven-year-old child. The father shared with the group that his daughter was so surprised by the actions that she was afraid at first! While he and his daughter began to turn book-sharing into routine, he realized that he had never had the experience of reading with his own father and as a result did not know the importance of the practice. Now, father and child are both building a relationship with each other and the foundation for his daughter's future success. Over the 2013-2014 school year, Raising A Reader will support thousands of families in developing reading routines, build early literacy skills by sharing award-winning books, and sustain home literacy practices through libraries by arming families with a love of reading and a library card. Raising A Reader makes it easy for families to share the love of reading with their children. We will continue to share the stories we hear from programs across the country where we are making an impact. As you may or may not know, a generous donor has creating a matching pledge for 2013! All gifts to support Raising A Reader will be matched at 100%! That means that a $35 pledge to support one existing child will turn into TWO children served through Raising A Reader. Thank you for your ongoing generosity and all you do to support children and families across the country. We couldn’t do it without you!
Across the country, Raising A Reader sites are beginning their book bag rotations and introducing quality children’s literature to families. After serving our millionth child last year, we are excited to see our programs remain strong and in many cases expand throughout the country.
Over the 2013-2014 year, Raising A Reader will support thousands of families develop reading routines, build early literacy skills by sharing award winning books and sustain literacy practices through libraries to arm families with a love of reading and a library card. With more than 21 special book collections, Raising A Reader makes it easy for families to engage in sharing the love of reading with their children. We will continue to share the stories we hear from programs across the country where we are making an impact.
We are also proud to announce that we have also received another matching pledge! All proceeds donated to support Raising A Reader will be matched at 100% through the end of the 2013. Your $35 pledge to support one existing child will turn into two children served.
Thank you for your ongoing support and all you do to support children and families across the country. We couldn’t do it without you!
It has certainly been a busy year for Raising A Reader! We have been working throughout the country to launch Raising A Reader programs that will be serving 20,000 new children through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
We have launched special "Innovation" projects that are offering children and families books, training and library connections focusing on digital literacy, financial literacy, and school-age specific programming. New sites are opening throughout the country in urban city centers, rural areas and new regions to serve the children and families that need it most. And most importantly, we are hearing stories of how Raising A Reader is making a dramatic difference in the lives of families - helping parents launch their children on a trajectory of lifelong success. And all of this is possible because of wonderful supporters like you. With your generous gifts we are reaching more children and families then ever before, and seeing what even a small gift can do to make a huge difference in the lives of children and families. As always, a sincere thanks for your generous support. You are making a powerful difference!
Raising A Reader sprinted out of the gate in 2013! We opened an east coast office in Baltimore to serve the 20,000 children who will be added to the RAR program as a result of a multi-year grant from the Department of Education.
Also, we’ve hit some new milestones for our By the Numbers tally. We have:
On February 9th, the Raising A Reader team will head to Pebble Beach in Monterey, CA to host an RAR booth at the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. If you’re watching on TV, look for the people in red vests!You have helped us achieve these milestones. A sincere thanks for your generous support!PS - Share the love of reading by sending a Raising A Reader e-Valentine to someone special! For just $10 you can send a personal message to a loved one while supporting literacy for underserved children.
Imagine a principal in a low income community had to open his school library on Saturdays because parents were so excited to share books with their children.
Imagine a subsidized housing community of immigrants became so excited about sharing books with young children that they created their own library in the laundry room of their building.
Imagine a city in which elected officials, business leaders, and schools come together to help families develop, practice and sustain the habit of sharing books.
Raising A Reader is proud to say that each of these moments occurred because of the work we do. We’d also like to say that we couldn't do this work without supporters like you! For those of you who received our Holiday Book Set we hope you enjoyed it.
With sincere thanks for your support and warmest wishes for the holiday season.
The Raising A Reader National Team
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