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Beyond the Red Book Bag

This summer, Raising A Reader MA went beyond the Red Book Bag and into local libraries. These library events in Roslindale, Fields Corner, Uphams, and Egleston public libraries proved to be great ways to engage local communities. Attendees participated in a variety of arts and crafts and joined in story time featuring the children’s book…

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Making an Impact with Deloitte

On June 7th, Raising A Reader MA was honored to have the support of 14 staff members from Deloitte Boston as part of the company’s 20th Annual Impact Day. Each year, Deloitte employees in offices across the country spend a day supporting their local communities through a day of volunteerism. This was the second year…

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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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Celebrating Parent Ambassadors

How can we better connect with families across cultural, language, and other barriers? For us, the answer is easy: Parent Ambassadors. Since as early as 2011, Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) has trained parent volunteers from our program to help share the message of early literacy with their own communities. Today, that effort has resulted…

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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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3rd Grade Reading Results in Massachusetts

Children’s third grade reading proficiency is a key predictor of their future academic success. In 2012, The Annie E. Casesy Foundation reported that 16% of children who are not reading proficiently by the end of their third grade do not graduate high school on time. This rate is four times higher than that of their…

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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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