By Angela Bush - Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships
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:
Now served over 1 million children since our inception in 1999
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.
Dec 27, 2012
Raising A Reader Wrap Up
By Beth Sears - Project Leader
Happy Children at Affliate in North Carolina
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.