Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children

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Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children

As we enter the home stretch for the year, we wanted to update you on some of our impact this year thanks to all of our literacy and #booksforall donors.

The transformational power of literacy and the role it plays is the great equalizer for children living in poverty. Sharing a story aloud with a child can chart the course for their academic achievement and empower them to live their best life. If current trends hold true almost seven million low-income children in the birth to age eight group are at increased risk of failing to graduate from high school on time because they won’t be able to read at proficiency reading level by the end of third grade. The cost of inaction will have a devastating impact in the United States.

In California this year, we have been able to expand our critical program to another 2,000 children in kindergarten. Children living in poverty enter kindergarten with a 30 million word defiicit than their more affluent peers. Because of the success and changing academic behaviors witnessed by educators and administrators in these schools, our program is being expanded into 1st and 2nd grade to help children reach proficiency by 3rd grade.

"Hitting the 3rd grade reading level target is absolutely essential.  It will set the trajectory for high school, college and beyond. The earlier we get kids involved and excited about reading, the better. It’s more difficult if they get to 3rd grade and they don’t have the reading skills necessary to read and comprehend science or geography.  We saw as a district that if we can’t get our kids to read by 3rd grade, they may never catch up. If you don’t start them in Kinder and 1st, when are you going to start?" - Superintendent of a California Elementary School District

In another high need area, the Northeast quadrant of Oklahoma City, due to a generous investment form an Oklahoma native giving back, Raising A Reader is being implemented for the first time in six elementary schools in all pre-school, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classrooms serving 1,000 children. Raising A Reader trained 40 educators in our family engagement program to enhance the launch of the program there.

This year due to your help, we have been able to expand to more than 300 implementing partners across more than 2,900 sites in 37 states.

Thank you!

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Here are the RAR Bright Red Book Bags and Kids!

Fall is here! The weather is cooler and the leaves are changing as we say our last goodbye to summer. It’s time to curl up with a good book next to the fireplace and celebrate the joy of reading. Before you get too comfortable with your favorite book and that pumpkin spice latte let me share something with you.

We have the power to change the world with just a book. It’s that simple. The trajectory of a child’s life in poverty can be altered with access to books and empowering their parents and caregivers to be the first and most important teacher in their lives.

Few other early literacy programs operate as Raising A Reader does with national reach and proven impact. Since 1999, donors like you have helped us serve more than 1.6 million families to develop, practice and maintain home-based literacy routines that are linked to school and life success. And, we are on a mission to ensure that every child, from birth, has the same access to opportunity through literacy.

Your donation to brought education programs to young readers has impacted not only the more than 125,000 children we will have served this year, but their families, their educators, and their entire communities as our program is based on engagement through sharing high-quality books. Our books are mirrors and windows to the world that show children what is possible while instilling long-term literacy habits for their success in life.

On behalf of the future President of the United States, the ER nurse, the special education teacher, the chairwoman of the board we thank you for your passion and commitment to ensuring all children can read and pursue their dreams, whatever those may be.

Read on, 

The Raising A Reader Team

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Graduation day from Raising A Reader!

Raising A Reader serves 125,000 families and children on average annually. This year thanks to all of our supporters, we have been able to expand our evidence-based program to three more States! We now rotate books through children’s homes in 37 States. Thanks also to our 315 implementing partners, we have more than 15 million high-quality books rotating across the United States.

And the impact is real! Here is a note from one of our school principals in Hawaii!

“Our first cohort in the Raising A Reader program is in their 3rd grade year and they are showing the highest proficiency in reading than any other grade in a tested grade! It is exciting to see how the subsequent cohorts do, that have been able to have books to read at home. Hawaii Elementary Principal

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Do you remember the first book your mom shared with you? I have vivid memories of my mom sharing my favorite book about a beagle puppy named Bruno. While to many, the story was simply a day in the life of a typical dog. To me, it was a story about learning new things for the first time, meeting new friends, and going on adventures, if only as far as the backyard. What made this story so special to me was not the dog, but the snuggle time I had with my mom. She made each page come to life and I never felt so safe and full of wonder. It's amazing what mom and good book can do.

At Raising A Reader, we work tirelessly to empower moms, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles and other important adults in a child's life to bring stories to life through shared reading. Many families we serve lack the resources and/or time to visit their local library on a regular basis, especially if they are in a single parent home, teen mom, or working full-time jobs. It is through support from donors like you that we can cycle 100 books into a home, provide families with book sharing tips, and help them develop new reading habits for years to come. 

This Mother's Day, we are asking you to remember you mom and other influential women in your life who shared a story with you. Consider honoring her with a tribute donation. Your gift will not only provide books, but will give another child a special moment with their mom that will live with them forever.

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Thank you for your continued support of Raising A Reader! Did you know we are more than halfway to reaching our fundraising goal for this project? With just $27,160 left to raise, we are edging closer to bringing books and programming to 700 budding scholars this Spring!

With Raising A Reader, imaginations will blossom with each new story. Your gift of $100 will provide a child and their family with engaging programming and books for one year. Your gift today will make a difference in the life of a child tomorrow. 

When books are lacking in the home, children are left behind in school. An alarming 6 out of 10 U.S. children fail to read proficiently by grade 4. When parents are engaged and share books, children succeed.

Principal Laura Vines from Kalihi Kai Elementary in Honolulu, Hawaii has been tracking the success of students participating in Raising A Reader. She says, “Our first cohort in the Raising A Reader program is in their 3rd grade year and they are showing the highest proficiency in reading than any other grade in a tested grade!”

Our budding scholars are counting on you. When you give today, one less child is left behind. Please share this project with your friends and family!

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Raising A Reader

Location: Milpitas, CA - USA
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Noelle Colomé
Milpitas, California United States
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