New RAR-MA Board Members

This is an exciting period of growth and expansion for Raising A Reader MA’s (RAR-MA) Board of Directors as we welcome these engaged individuals as they begin their terms. Please meet: Mercedes Dahar Director of Customer Success, Athenahealth A longtime resident of Boston and an active member of the community, Mercedes attended Simmons University for…

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Christine Ward, Raising A Reader MA’s (RAR-MA) Executive Director, likes to say that we are a “small but mighty team.” It’s true! With a team of just twelve staff members, RAR-MA works with partner programs throughout Massachusetts to connect parents, caregivers, and children with the resources they need to eliminate the literacy opportunity gap in…

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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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Summer 2020 Interns

The coronavirus pandemic has presented many challenges for businesses and organizations and this included internships.  Raising A Reader MA was so fortunate to attract such a motivated, talented and dedicated group of interns this summer and we wanted to share them proudly with you here! Internships offer great opportunities for college students to get valuable…

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Family reading

“The access to reading can put everyone on a level playing field. It opens a lot of doors for kids that might not have otherwise had those opportunities, and it makes them lifelong learners,” said Morgan Van Clief, a librarian at one of Raising A Reader MA’s (RAR-MA) partners since 2013: the Shaw School in…

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Change is something you can always depend on in life. As Benjamin Disraeli put it so plainly: “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” Many of you have had the opportunity to know Bridget Malicki over the years as our Development and Communications Manager. She’s been a constant at our events and on our staff. Her…

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Guadalupe Panameno and Family

Searching for community led Guadalupe Panameño to books and Raising A Reader MA in 2007, and nearly 15 years later, the Greater Boston Program Manager remains tied to RAR-MA and its mission. “It was so important to encourage and teach my children the love of reading to change their future. I feel like being involved…

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Pancakes for Breakfast Video

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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