Access to education is something that many take for granted. With public schools available, and required, for every child, many think that education in the United States is guaranteed. The reality is that education is one of the first places children experience inequality in their lives. From funding to resources, schools in many communities throughout…

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Ethel, one of our 14 amazing volunteer Community Ambassadors, has been with Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) for nearly two years. Over the past year, Ethel and other volunteers have given hundreds and hundreds of hours of their time to design events with us, co-facilitate workshops, and connect parents to our programs. Ethel’s passion for…

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During Women’s History Month, we have an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the accomplishments of women throughout history. Empowerment comes from talking about and highlighting the vital roles that women play in society. As Melinda Gates said so succinctly: “When women and girls are empowered to participate fully in society, everyone benefits.” Until recently, the…

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“Reading can give kids the power to get lost in another world. It can also allow parents the ability to see their children using their imaginations and create quality time for them to spend with their child. Reading opens the door for success in a child’s future,” said Rebecca Burgos, the coordinator for West Springfield’s…

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Parker Looks Up

History is a great teacher. As Santayana so eloquently said: “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” Along with learning from the darker moments of the past to ensure that they’re never relived, there are many great opportunities to teach children to set their goals and ambitions as high as they…

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Shelley Wilson

Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) is pleased to announce that Shelley Wilson has joined the RAR-MA Board of Directors. Shelley is the Marketing Director at PwC US where she leads the marketing team for the firm’s Assurance practice. She’s been with PwC U.S. for the past eight years, and previously spent over 20 years in…

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Tablets were distributed to families at the Pauline A. Shaw School in Dorchester.

Family engagement is at the core of Raising A Reader Massachusetts’ (RAR-MA) model. Our mission is to close the literacy opportunity gap among children from birth to age six in high-need communities. RAR-MA reduces the literacy gap by helping families develop, practice, and maintain shared reading habits. In response to the current pandemic, RAR-MA has…

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“The power of reading is immeasurable. It opens a door of endless possibilities for kids and opportunities for kids,” said Diane Fernandes, a coordinator for one of Raising A Reader MA’s (RAR-MA) partners: the Ulysses G. Shelton Head Start Program in Brockton, MA. The Ulysses G. Shelton Head Start Program, a partner of RAR-MA since…

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New Raising A Reader MA Employees

At Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA), we work hard to support the partners, communities, and families who depend on the support and materials that we provide. That’s been our goal for the past 14 years. To do that, we’ve continued to make sure we have the right team in place with the energy, ideas and…

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Fall

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, especially in New England where the seasonal changes blankets the landscape in rich, warm tones as the leaves change. From jumping in piles of fallen leaves to sipping delicious apple cider, this is the season that always brings a smile to my face. I wanted to provide a…

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