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Note of Solidarity & Resources in a Time of Racial Injustice

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“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The events of recent months and weeks have had a cumulative effect that has impacted all individuals, families, and communities. Our hearts go out…

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A Note from the Executive Director

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In light of recent events which are increasing stressors in our country, our state, and in our cities, one thing is clear: now more than ever we need to reinforce the need for reading. The divide in the literacy opportunity gap has become even more evident. Education is a large part of the solution to these…

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An Update from the Executive Director

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“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis A reflection. We are energized by the spirit of our team, board, authors and partners who have come together in a crisis.  We are finding ways to support our constituents, who live in some of…

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RAR-MA Offerings During COVID-19

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From the desk of Katee Duffy, Director of Programs A wish for all during these unprecedented times: may you be safe, may you be healthy, and may you delight in shared reading with your child.  The noun crisis derives from the Latinized form of the ancient Greek word krisis, meaning a separating or sifting.  It…

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Meet Our New Director of Programs

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KATEE DUFFY, NCC joined the Raising A Reader MA team in February 2020.  She has enjoyed  her entire career learning from children and families and supporting them in a variety of pediatric settings including childcare, home visiting, and child welfare. Katee is also a National Certified Counselor. Katee was drawn to RAR-MA because it presented…

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RAR-MA Welcomes Two New Program Coordinators

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Meilin Chong and Isaí Jiminez join the Raising A Reader MA excited to help parents and caregivers create daily home reading routines with their young children. Meilin joined the Raising A Reader MA team in December 2019 as a Program Coordinator supporting the Merrimack Valley program, eager to collaborate with families in promoting an active reading…

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RAR-MA Welcomes New Board Member

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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

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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

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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

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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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