31st Annual Rodman Ride for Kids

Raising A Reader Massachusetts - 31st Annual Rodman Ride for Kids on Saturday, September 25th, 2021

Thank you to all who supported the 31st Annual Rodman Ride for Kids on Saturday, September 25th, 2021. Our team enjoyed being back in person and on the road for what turned out to be a beautiful Ride Day. A special shout out to Mikaela, Emily, Sarah, Brody, George, and Parker (pictured above) from the…

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Grant Award from Greater Lowell Community Foundation

Raising A Reader Massachusetts (RAR-MA) is pleased to announce it has received a $2,500 grant from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) through its 2020 Discretionary Grants Program. These funds will support RAR-MA Lowell’s continuing efforts to increase accessibility to high-quality books and dialogic reading instruction for children and their families. Parents and caregivers in Lowell, like in…

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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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TD Bank and Raising A Reader MA Distribute Books About Diversity to Children in Boston Area

Raising A Reader MA, TD Bank, and Frugal Bookstore

Approximately 250 children and their families will receive books to help close the literacy opportunity gap this holiday season BOSTON, Mass., December 16, 2020 – Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) in collaboration with TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, today announced they are distributing books to approximately 250 area children and their families in time for the holiday…

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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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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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