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RAR-MA Welcomes New Board Member

We are thrilled to welcome Susan Houston to the Raising A Reader MA Board of Directors! Susan Houston’s experience covers the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Susan was Executive Director of MassEcon, a private, non-profit economic development entity charged with promoting Massachusetts as the best place to start, locate, and grow a business.…

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A New Initiative for Family Engagement

We are thrilled to be piloting a new texting program in collaboration with our national affiliate, Raising A Reader, and the Ready4K team. This three-year pilot will provide families enrolled in our Red Book Bag program with fun facts and easy tips to help their children grow directly to their phones. Ready4K is an evidence-based…

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RAR-MA is Named an Opportunity Portfolio Partner of Boston Public Schools

In an effort to increase equitable access to high quality learning opportunities for its students and families, Boston Public Schools (BPS) launched the Opportunity Portfolio. Through a detailed vetting process, BPS selects outstanding organizations that provide additional learning opportunities, called Portfolio Partners. For this school year, BPS focused on its STEM/Literacy Opportunity Portfolio and selected…

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Program Manager Francia Wisnewski Receives Latinx Excellence on the Hill Award

On Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 Raising A Reader MA’s Senior Program Manager Francia Wisnewski was honored at the Latinx Excellence on the Hill ceremony. The second annual award presentation was established by The Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus as a celebration of Latinx culture, excellence and achievement in the Commonwealth. The energy, support and…

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New Partners Added as a Result of Boston Children’s Hospital Collaboration for Community Health

Last year, Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) was selected as a recipient for Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health. As a result of a $400,000 multi-year grant, RAR-MA has hired a new evaluations and operations manager, improved inter-departmental integration and evaluation systems and added 9 new program partners and expanded with 1 partner, allowing RAR-MA…

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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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RAR-MA Receives Major Funding from Boston Children’s

Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) is thrilled to share that it has been awarded three years of funding from the Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health, one of RAR-MA’s largest grants to date. The initiative is separated into three target areas: Family Housing Stability and Economic Opportunity, Community Physical Activity, Recreation and Food, and Zero…

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New Board Leadership at Raising A Reader MA

New Leadership As of July 1, 2018, the start of RAR-MA fiscal year 2019, Raising A Reader MA has new board leadership and members as part of our natural succession planning. We are thrilled to announce that Gregg Dooling (Managing Director and CFO, Amundi Pioneer) is our new Board Chair, stepping into this role following…

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