Events

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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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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The 4th Annual Leadership in Literacy Award Breakfast

On Friday, November 2, Raising A Reader MA hosted its 4th Annual Leadership in Literacy award breakfast. This year’s honoree  was Deloitte, which has provided RAR-MA with three board members, skills-based volunteering, meeting space, and a whole lot more over the course of a decade. The event had over 100 attendees and 16 sponsors, including Deloitte, Amundi…

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Free Fun Friday on the Charles River

On July 13th, RAR-MA sponsored the reading station at Free Fun Friday on the Charles River. The event, hosted by the Charles River Watershed Association, featured a variety of fun and educational activities, including boating, fishing, nature walks, and, of course, story times! Children and parents alike gathered throughout the course of the day at…

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Raise a Glass to Raising Readers Summer Kickoff Fundraiser

On June 14th, our Emerging Leaders Board hosted their annual summer fundraiser, Raise a Glass to Raising Readers. Young professionals came together to learn more about the RAR-MA mission and to raise funds to help carry out our programs. Thanks to their support we raised $2,000! Special thanks to Sarah Curry and Josh Schaer for…

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Sustaining Partner Network Meeting

On May 23rd, Raising A Reader MA sponsored the 2018 Sustaining Partner Network Meeting, which focused on establishing networks among participating Sustaining Partners, fostering the exchange of best practices and celebrating the completion of another successful academic year. The event was exclusive to Sustaining Partners, four panelists, RAR MA staff and one Parent Ambassador. During…

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Alexandra’s Speech

Last night, former Raising A Reader MA participant, Alexandra, age 9, spoke at Dinner with an Author to our 232 attendees about her experiences in our program and how that has shaped her and her family. Hi, my name is Alexandra and I live in Revere with my mom, my dad and my brother, Henry.…

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