A New and Different Year

The start of the school year has always been an exciting time of year for all of us at Raising A Reader Massachusetts (RAR-MA). It’s when our partners throughout the state are beginning to reopen. A time of anticipation for parents and children. A time when reading is the primary focus as we work to…

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Family Schedules in the time of COVID

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What’s your schedule? Our team put together some tips and tricks from RAR-MA families! Are your and your kids missing the regular schedule of child care and school?   These days we’re all ‘juggling’ – kids at home, work (if we’re lucky), meals and bills. All while trying to keep our kids busy, and maybe even…

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A Note from the Executive Director

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In light of recent events which are increasing stressors in our country, our state, and in our cities, one thing is clear: now more than ever we need to reinforce the need for reading. The divide in the literacy opportunity gap has become even more evident. Education is a large part of the solution to these…

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Help Your Child with the Summer Slide

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What Is The Summer Slide? The term “summer slide” by itself might seem like a positive phrase, perhaps warm and joyful even. It may conjure up images in your mind of children sprinting around a playground, screaming gleefully as they glide down vibrant, colorful slides, their smiles further brightening the golden summer day. However, the…

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Beyond the Red Book Bag

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This summer, Raising A Reader MA went beyond the Red Book Bag and into local libraries. These library events in Roslindale, Fields Corner, Uphams, and Egleston public libraries proved to be great ways to engage local communities. Attendees participated in a variety of arts and crafts and joined in story time featuring the children’s book…

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3rd Grade Reading Results in Massachusetts

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Children’s third grade reading proficiency is a key predictor of their future academic success. In 2012, The Annie E. Casesy Foundation reported that 16% of children who are not reading proficiently by the end of their third grade do not graduate high school on time. This rate is four times higher than that of their…

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Free Fun Friday on the Charles River

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On July 13th, RAR-MA sponsored the reading station at Free Fun Friday on the Charles River. The event, hosted by the Charles River Watershed Association, featured a variety of fun and educational activities, including boating, fishing, nature walks, and, of course, story times! Children and parents alike gathered throughout the course of the day at…

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Raise a Glass to Raising Readers Summer Kickoff Fundraiser

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On June 14th, our Emerging Leaders Board hosted their annual summer fundraiser, Raise a Glass to Raising Readers. Young professionals came together to learn more about the RAR-MA mission and to raise funds to help carry out our programs. Thanks to their support we raised $2,000! Special thanks to Sarah Curry and Josh Schaer for…

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Sustaining Partner Network Meeting

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On May 23rd, Raising A Reader MA sponsored the 2018 Sustaining Partner Network Meeting, which focused on establishing networks among participating Sustaining Partners, fostering the exchange of best practices and celebrating the completion of another successful academic year. The event was exclusive to Sustaining Partners, four panelists, RAR MA staff and one Parent Ambassador. During…

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