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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Nice Thank You From Students at Brightwood Elementary

A wonderful thank you from the students at Brightwood Elementary in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Reader to Reader's book donations enable the elementary school to do "Book Your Vacation" book giveaways, which get books into kids' hands so they can read during vacations and summer breaks.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

ACT Scores Soar at Wingate High

Reader to Reader’s Navajo Nation Outreach Coordinator, Jeannette Ortega, has been doing an amazing job at Wingate High School in Fort Wingate, New Mexico.

She teaches 6 classes a day focusing on ACT test prep and college readiness.

The results of her hard work are clear, as ACT scores have soared 30 percent since she arrived there two years ago.

The dramatic rise in scores makes more students eligible for college, and makes college more affordable, as more students are eligible for scholarships.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Reader to Reader Computer Lab is up and Running in Nigeria

The latest Reader to Reader computer lab is up and running in Idah Kogi State, Nigeria.

“We are highly thrilled by your massive support. You have enhanced our computer-based learning and thus acquainted us with lots of computer works/ In fact, your kind gesture will continue to keep our hopes alive for a better learning and future.  –Rev. Fr. Anthony Ojoka Ojotule
About the Computer Donation Program

Reader to Reader's Computer Donation Program donates new and refurbished computers, tablet computers, and e-readers. Computer labs have been built in the Navajo Nation, Hopi Nation, Massachusetts, New York, Ghana, Kosovo, Nigeria, and Trinidad & Tobago.

In addition, computers have been donated to projects in Bolivia, The Bahamas, Costa Rica, Kenya, Nepal, Nicaragua, and other states and countries.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Exploring College

Students from the Young Parents Program (YPP) in Springfield, MA joined us on campus for a tour of the Amherst College campus, a visit to the Beneski Museum of Natural History, and lots of discussion of books and college. YPP is an alternative education program that helps young parents achieve their high school equivalency and begin planning for their next steps.

A special thank you to Amherst's Office of Admissions for helping us make them feel so welcome!