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RAR-MA Welcomes Two New Program Coordinators

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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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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A New Initiative for Family Engagement

We are thrilled to be piloting a new texting program in collaboration with our national affiliate, Raising A Reader, and the Ready4K team. This three-year pilot will provide families enrolled in our Red Book Bag program with fun facts and easy tips to help their children grow directly to their phones. Ready4K is an evidence-based…

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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 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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