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From the desk of Katee Duffy, Director of Programs A wish for all during these unprecedented times: may you be safe, may you be healthy, and may you delight in shared reading with your child.  The noun crisis derives from the Latinized form of the ancient Greek word krisis, meaning a separating or sifting.  It…

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Katee Duffy - Director of Programs

KATEE DUFFY, NCC joined the Raising A Reader MA team in February 2020.  She has enjoyed  her entire career learning from children and families and supporting them in a variety of pediatric settings including childcare, home visiting, and child welfare. Katee is also a National Certified Counselor. Katee was drawn to RAR-MA because it presented…

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Anita Diamant and Hank Phillippi Ryan Books

Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) has grown over the years, and with it, the Dinner with an Author gala. Since the event’s inception, Hank Phillippi Ryan and Anita Diamant have been featured authors at the event. Both have a long list of books and an affinity for supporting families to experience the joy of reading.…

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Better Together Winter Soiree 2020 4

We are Better Together — Celebrating partnerships and success serving the families of Greater Boston. On February 25, 2020 Raising A Reader MA hosted the Better Together Winter Soiree. The event was held to celebrate its strategic partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital through the Collaboration for Community Health and bring together other leaders in the…

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Husbands Carroll Cummings Books

What do a commercial real estate entrepreneur, Catholicism expert and a pitmaster/restaurateur have in common? The understanding of the importance of reading and knowledge in propelling both their careers and personal lives. Bill Cummings, James Carroll and Andy Husbands are supporting Raising A Reader MA as featured authors at the Dinner with an Author gala…

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Isaí Jimenez and Meilin Chong

Meilin Chong and Isaí Jiminez join the Raising A Reader MA excited to help parents and caregivers create daily home reading routines with their young children. Meilin joined the Raising A Reader MA team in December 2019 as a Program Coordinator supporting the Merrimack Valley program, eager to collaborate with families in promoting an active reading…

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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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Susan Houston Headshot

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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Chelsea Revere Family with Red Bag 1

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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