Celebrating Black History Month: A Raising A Reader MA Book List

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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Welcoming Shelley Wilson to the Board of Directors

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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Special Delivery at Dorchester’s Shaw School

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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Partner Highlight: Ulysses G. Shelton Head Start Program in Brockton, MA

“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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Raising A Reader MA Continues to Evolve

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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Celebrate Fall: Book, Craft, and Cooking Ideas for the Season


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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New Members of the RAR-MA Board Bring Experience and Diversity

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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Community Ambassadors: A Personal Connection

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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A New and Different Year

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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Saying Goodbye to This Year’s Summer Interns

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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