Posts by Bridget Malicki

In Loving Memory of Evelyn Quintiliani

We are incredibly grateful for the donations we have received over the past two months made in memory of Evelyn Quintiliani of Newton, MA. Evelyn is a lifetime resident of Newton, MA and daughter of two Italian immigrants. She is survived by her daughters Cindy Hodgdon, Doreen Quintiliani and Linda Quintiliani, who requested that people…

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RAR-MA Welcomes New Board Member

We are thrilled to welcome Susan Houston to the Raising A Reader MA Board of Directors! Susan Houston’s experience covers the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Susan was Executive Director of MassEcon, a private, non-profit economic development entity charged with promoting Massachusetts as the best place to start, locate, and grow a business.…

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Partner Spotlight: Chelsea Revere Family Network

Jeanette Velez is the Coordinator for the Chelsea Revere Family Network (CRFN), one of Raising A Reader MA’s (RAR-MA) longest standing partners. When asked what the power of the RAR-MA program was to her, Jeanette said, “something so basic that is so powerful. The ability to read is the ability to understand.” The Chelsea Revere…

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2019 MCAS Results

The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or commonly referred to as the MCAS, is a statewide standardized test that begins in third-grade in subjects including Math and Reading Comprehension to examine individual student, school, and district performance. Statewide results have improved in some regard from last year. In 2018, 41% of students were partially meeting expectations…

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RAR-MA Welcomes Two New Board Members

Effective as of November 1, 2019, Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) welcomes Aria Glasgow and Dr. Ola Friday to its board of directors. Both Aria and Ola offer a diverse skillset and perspective from the rest of the board–Aria in human resources and Ola in education policy–and have a demonstrated commitment to serving their community.…

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RAR-MA is Named an Opportunity Portfolio Partner of Boston Public Schools

In an effort to increase equitable access to high quality learning opportunities for its students and families, Boston Public Schools (BPS) launched the Opportunity Portfolio. Through a detailed vetting process, BPS selects outstanding organizations that provide additional learning opportunities, called Portfolio Partners. For this school year, BPS focused on its STEM/Literacy Opportunity Portfolio and selected…

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13 Ways to Get Involved at RAR-MA

Helping You Help Us Help Families in Massachusetts There are many incredible people that contribute to our success in a variety of ways. Did you know all of the ways you could support Raising A Reader MA? You can now give through your Donor-Advised Fund online. How? Visit our donation page and scroll down. Then…

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Program Manager Francia Wisnewski Receives Latinx Excellence on the Hill Award

On Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 Raising A Reader MA’s Senior Program Manager Francia Wisnewski was honored at the Latinx Excellence on the Hill ceremony. The second annual award presentation was established by The Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus as a celebration of Latinx culture, excellence and achievement in the Commonwealth. The energy, support and…

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New Partners Added as a Result of Boston Children’s Hospital Collaboration for Community Health

Last year, Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) was selected as a recipient for Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health. As a result of a $400,000 multi-year grant, RAR-MA has hired a new evaluations and operations manager, improved inter-departmental integration and evaluation systems and added 9 new program partners and expanded with 1 partner, allowing RAR-MA…

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The 2019 Rodman Ride for Kids

Thank you to the riders, donors, staff and volunteers that helped make this year such a success! On Saturday, September 21, Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) participated in the Rodman Ride for Kids. With a team of 15 riders, RAR-MA raised over $16,000 to support its mission to end the cycle of low literacy. It…

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