A special welcome to our new supporters! We are so excited to share our latest news with you. Every few months we will let you know what we are doing with your commitment.
This month as summer ends and school starts up again hundreds of thousands of children across the country are receiving their red Raising A Reader book bags for the very first time For many of these children the opportunity to read high-quality books and share them with their families will be the first in their lives. Studies show that less than half of US children living at or below the poverty line start school with the reading and language skills they need for future success. Children from non-English speaking backgrounds are even more at-risk. Raising A Reader works to combat these issues and help ensure that ALL children can make the start they need no matter what their background.
New programs, new children and new families from California to Illinois In La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District on California’s South Coast the opportunity gap for low-income Spanish-speaking children is a serious concern. Working with local community organizations to assess local need and promote literacy, Raising A Reader will be implemented as part of a suite of services aimed at supporting South Coast families. We are excited to be part of this local initiative that will help to ensure South Coast children have the strong start they deserve.
This Fall, in Mundelein Illinois, the Fremont Public Library will launch a two-year program focused on children who speak English as a second language. The program, which will begin by specifically targeting 80 children from District 75’s bilingual preschool, will reach children just as they are developing their literacy skills. Featuring bicultural and bilingual books the program will focus on empowering parents to work through the language and learning barriers they face in order to better support their child’s education.
- Did you know, 80% of Raising A Reader families are living at or below the poverty line and 48% speak English as a second language -
Thank you for joining us with your support! It is only through the support of generous donors and funders like you that we can implement our programs across 34 states and plan for the future of child literacy in this country. It is with humble gratitude that we see you come together as a community of donors, each giving what you can, towards this monolithic goal of ensuring every child has the best possible academic start. Together we can make a real difference in the life of every child and every family we serve.
With gratitude, Yours in book sharing The Raising A Reader Team
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.
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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
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As always, thank you for your ongoing support of childhood literacy through Raising A Reader.
Yours in book sharing The Raising A Reader Team
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.
Raising A Reader had a successful programming year in 2013! The program saw significant expansion as we added new affiliates and grew our School Age program. There was also an increase in the diversity of participating children and sites. Every day that a Raising A Reader bag filled with books is in the home of a child, a magical and transformative experience takes place.
Christie Speck from the Solano Community College Children’s Program stated,
“One hundred thirty children and their parents participate in our RAR program weekly. A majority of the parents attended the workshops offered to promote daily reading. RAR was listed as a favorite family activity during the resent program evaluation. Recently a parent told me she and her son were on their way home after school when her son yelled, ‘STOP! We have to go back to school; I forgot my books.’ She told him she had things to do and wasn't able to go back to school. Her son cried and said, ‘I need my red book pack.’ She realized at that moment the importance of the RAR program and turned the car around and headed back to school to retrieve the books.”
Below are some highlights based on the most recent completed surveys…
In 2014, Raising A Reader will support thousands of families in developing reading routines, practice early literacy skills by sharing award-winning books, and sustain home literacy habits through libraries by arming families with a love of reading. 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!
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