Friday, October 13, 2017

A Thank You from the Red Lake Indian Nation

Dear Reader Reader,
The students in Red Lake Schools would like to sincerely thank you for the 100 copies of the young adult novel, “The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things.”
I divided them up between the language arts teachers and libraries in different parts of our district; the staff was excited to save their own budget.
(A special thank you from Reader to Reader to author Ann Aguirre for making this donation possible!)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Reader to Reader Expands Staff

We are pleased to expand our staff this academic year with the help of AmeriCorps and Commonwealth Corps.

New to Reader to Reader are Olivia Rossetti, our AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring, and Jennifer Kim and Ha Ram Hwang, who are in Massachusetts's Commonwealth Corps. Our gratitude goes out to Mass Mentoring Partnership and the Massachusetts Service Alliance for these opportunities.

Jennifer and Ha Ram are 2017 graduates of Amherst College, and Olivia is a 2017 graduate of Smith College.

They bring energy, skills and ideas that we so greatly appreciate.

All three are our working as our Mentor Coordinators, helping our Read, Think, Share mentoring program continue to expand. The program is now one of the largest academic mentoring programs in Massachusetts, working with over 1,500 adolescents as they participate in a year-long reading intervention aimed at boosting their literacy, critical reasoning, and writing skills.

Jennifer, Ha Ram and Olivia also aid in hiring and supervising the over 210 (and growing) college student reading mentors that are the backbone of the program.

Monday, September 11, 2017

WRSI Fills the Book Bus for Reader to Reader!

A special thank you to WRSI - 93.9 The River for their Fill the Book Bus book drive for Reader to Reader.

Thank you to everyone at WRSI for helping us collect over 4,000 books!

And thank you to all the famous children's authors that came read to children at the event, including Jane Yolen,  Jeanne Birdsall, and Lisa Yee.

And our special mystery guest author, Mo Willems, who read from his latest book, Sam, the Most Scaredy-cat Kid in the Whole World, which was hot off the presses!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

5,000 Books for Bridgeport Children!

We filled a truck from the bottom to the top, packing in 4,000 books for schools children in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

This the eleventh year of Reader to Reader's Bridgeport Literacy Initiative. The program brings much-needed books to low-income children attending schools in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Reader to Reader Receives 5-Year Grant to Expand Navajo Nation Work

We are jumping for joy over our new 5-year capacity building grant we received to expand our work with Native American high school students on the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico. 

The grant will enable us to hire an additional full-time staff person to be based in Fort Wingate, New Mexico. 

Our goal is to expand the number of schools that participate in our Blueprint for Success program, which aims to raise college entrance exam scores, and guide students through the college admission process.

Last year, thanks to the program, students at Wingate High School in Fort Wingate scored 30% higher on their ACT exam than the students that attended the school in 2010-2014. 

We gratefully thank the Fordham Street Foundation for the funding of this grant.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Reader to Reader's Spring Book Extravaganza Gives Away Thousands of New Children's books

“This is heaven for teachers!” was just one of the comments that came our way as Reader to Reader held its latest giant book giveaway.

Teachers in Chicopee, Easthampton, Holyoke, Springfield and West Springfield, Massachusetts got thousands of free books at Reader to Reader’s annual Spring Book Extravaganza.

Based in Amherst, Reader to Reader gives away tens of thousands of books annually to schools and outreach program in the region including its annual spring book giveaway.

The Spring Book Extravaganza is in its tenth year, and teachers chose from hundreds of boxes of books supplied by leading publishers, including Scholastic Corporation and SOHO Press.

“As an English teacher this is an absolute joy,” said Kathy Gunn, a teacher at the Hampden Charter School of Science.”

Reader to Reader’s executive director, David Mazor, said “Our goal is to get books into as many children’s hands as possible, and we are so pleased this event gets bigger every year. This year we had 20,000 books from some of the top publishers in the world.”

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Reader to Reader Gears Up For Giant Spring Book Giveaway

It is springtime and time for Reader to Reader’s Spring Book Extravaganza!

The annual event donates thousands of new children’s books to students attending elementary schools in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield and West Springfield, Massachusetts.

This year we will be giving out 20,000 books from a wide variety of publishers, including Scholastic and Pioneer Valley Books.

We are busy unpacking the boxes and organizing the books  so that schools and outreach programs can come in select the books that are right for their program.

This is Reader to Reader’s tenth year of holding the annual book giveaway.