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TWO Senior Program Managers recognized by Commission on Status of Women

We are beyond proud to congratulate not just one, but TWO of our amazing Senior Program Managers for recognition by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW)! On April 25th, Pioneer Valley Senior Program Manager Francia Wisnewski was sworn in as a Regional Commissioner for Hampshire-Franklin County. Members are appointed to conduct ongoing […Read More]

Raising A Reader MA Welcomes New Executive Director

Seasoned entrepreneur, award-winning author and children’s literacy advocate assumes leadership position BOSTON, April 21, 2015 – The Trustees of Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Randy Houk as Executive Director, effective April 20, 2015. She succeeds the organization’s founding ED, Donna DiFillippo. Ms. Houk is an accomplished executive, […Read More]

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt CEO Linda K. Zecher honored at Raising A Reader MA’s inaugural Leadership in Literacy Award Breakfast

October 28, 2014, Boston, MA – Raising A Reader Massachusetts honored Linda K. Zecher, President and CEO of global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) with the Leadership in Literacy Award, at a breakfast event on Tuesday, October 28th, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.  The inaugural award recognizes business leaders who inspire through […Read More]

Meeting Senator Sal DiDomenico

Greater Boston Senior Regional Program Manager, Cate Johnston, and Tri-City Regional Program Manager, Suzanne Igarteburu, met with Senator Sal DiDomenico last month to introduce him to Raising A Reader MA and our mission. They were pleasantly surprised to find that the Senator was once a RAR MA parent himself. Senator Sal DiDomenico will be speaking […Read More]

Expansion into Lynn

Raising A Reader MA is excited to have launched in the city of Lynn this fall! With generous support from the Nordblom Family Foundation, the Gisela B. Hogan Charitable Foundation, Salem Five Bank, and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, we will be serving over 500 children in this first year. This […Read More]

Press Release 10/9/2014

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT PRESIDENT AND CEO, LINDA K. ZECHER TO BE HONORED WITH RAISING A READER MA’S INAUGURAL LEADERSHIP IN LITERACY AWARD October 9, 2014, Boston, MA – Raising A Reader Massachusetts will honor Linda K. Zecher, President and CEO of global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) with the Leadership in Literacy Award, at […Read More]

Rodman Ride 2014

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our riders and supporters! On Saturday, September 20th, over 20 riders came out to the event to bike 25, 50, or 100 miles to raise money. Emerging Leaders Josh Schaer and Jaso Shotts pedaled together on a tandem bike! We also had over 40 virtual riders who couldn’t make […Read More]

The Golden Years

Many of us think of ‘the golden years’ as the lazy days of post-retirement when we’re finally free to do as we want, when we want, all the while living in peace and (hopefully) a warm climate. In his piece for the Huffington Post, “Kindergarten Is Too Late – We Need to Strengthen Brains Earlier […Read More]

Recent News Articles

Please see the recent articles below for more information about the achievement gap between low and high-income children and how early literacy and shared reading experiences can reverse current trends: Kindergarten Is Too Late – Huffington Post Do We Invest in Preschools or Prisons – New York Times Understanding the Language Gap – The Boston […Read More]

Annual Program Report: 2012 – 2013

In the 2012 – 2013 Program Year, Raising A Reader MA (RAR MA) served over 11,000 children in Massachusetts. Using a combination of the Direct Service Model and the Indirect Service Model to deliver our program to Gateway Communities throughout the Commonwealth, RAR MA collected a variety of data on our efforts, including activity tracking, […Read More]