Posts by Bridget Malicki

RAR-MA Adds a Community Ambassador Seat to Board

In order to best represent and deepen the impact in the communities we serve, Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) is adding two community ambassador seats to its board of directors. The ideal candidates are parents or caregivers who have gone through our program, work for one of our program partners, or are highly involved leaders…

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Dinner with an Author 2019

On May 8, 2019 33 authors, 37 sponsors and 300 attendees gathered at the Mandarin Oriental for the 13th annual gala to raise money for Raising A Reader MA. Over $240,000 was raised to support Raising A Reader MA’s efforts to end the cycle of low literacy in high need communities across the state of…

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Bringing the Program Partners Together

Stronger partners, stronger community for a stronger future for Massachusetts children. On March 27th, Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) hosted its second annual Program Partner Networking Event. The Raising A Reader MA team welcomed the staff at our program partners to join us for a day of knowledge sharing and networking. Raising A Reader MA…

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Two First-Gen Authors Share Their Stories

90% of the RAR-MA families are multilingual households, many of which are immigrants. This presents many challenges, as well as learning opportunities. Read about two authors who have similar experiences. Marianne Leone Cooper Writer and actress, Marianne Leone Cooper, is a daughter of two Italian immigrants who came to America and settled seven miles outside…

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4 Mystery/Thriller Authors That Support RAR-MA

Each year Raising A Reader MA hosts its Dinner with an Author gala. With the support of 30 esteemed authors, we provide guests with an incredible night to raise money to support our programming. Read why these authors want to support RAR-MA. ONE: Hank Phillippi Ryan “What if you had never visited Oz? Never knew about Narnia,…

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Meet Our New Director of Development

Raising A Reader MA is pleased to introduce Angela Han, who is taking on the role of Director of Development. With the addition of Angela to the previously one-person development team, RAR-MA is in a strong position to strategically build out and diversify its funding strategy. Angela has an extensive extensive background in the nonprofit…

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From the Bookshelf

The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor, Illustrations by Peter Parnall Could you put a price on the pleasure of sitting with your child to share a meal, a story?  On waking up to a perfect sunrise, or enjoying a laugh with a dear friend? As the holidays once more approach, it is natural…

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Meet Tasha Espendez

From Tasha Espendez’s early years to adulthood, reading is the focal point in the page-turning journey that would lead her to land a staff role for Raising A Reader MA. Tasha’s first vivid memory was in bed reading with her mother. They would pick a page every night from a children’s illustrated bible and discuss the stories…

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The 2018 Impact Report

At Raising A Reader MA, we have an intensive survey practice so we can monitor and track the progress of families in our program. Based on feedback from staff at our partner programs and parents, we have compiled a report detailing our 2018 (school year) results. Check it out!

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The 4th Annual Leadership in Literacy Award Breakfast

On Friday, November 2, Raising A Reader MA hosted its 4th Annual Leadership in Literacy award breakfast. This year’s honoree  was Deloitte, which has provided RAR-MA with three board members, skills-based volunteering, meeting space, and a whole lot more over the course of a decade. The event had over 100 attendees and 16 sponsors, including Deloitte, Amundi…

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