Thursday, May 21, 2015

Visiting Schools in New Mexico

Our recent trip to New Mexico took us to schools on the Navajo Nation and in Albuquerque, where we are expanding our Read, Think, Share mentoring program, and our book and computer donations. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Giving Out Books on the Navajo Nation

St. Michael High School students in St. Michaels, Arizona (the capital of the Navajo Nation). were thrilled that they could each take home a few books donated by Reader to Reader today. One student told me how excited she was to have something to read over the summer, since she loves reading and was almost out of things to read. A group of freshmen traded book recommendations and bargained with each other over who could borrow which book in what order. Another student was very excited to take home a beautiful book of photos from National Geographic. A student who just returned from a mission trip to the Philippines chose to take home "Mountains Beyond Mountains," about Dr. Paul Farmer's efforts to provide health care in Haiti.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Helping Dad's Make a Difference

We are so happy to be providing books through our DiscoverBooks program for HCS Head Start's "Dads Make a Difference" event and parade, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, again this year. 

Dads, kids, and books -- what a great combination!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Time For Our Annual Spring Book Extravaganza!

Samuel Karlin, principal of Chicopee’s Belcher Elementary School, came in during school vacation to help us prepare for our annual Spring Book Extravaganza, where we will be giving out thousands of free books for K-12 schools.

Each spring we give out over 15,000 new children's books from a wide variety of publishers to schools and outreach programs in the cities of Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee and West Springfield, Massachusetts.

This book giveaway is made possible through the generous support of the F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc., the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, and Chicopee Savings Bank. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Donating Children's Books in Guyana

Reader to Reader is pleased to work with the U.S Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Program in Guyana to distribute hundreds of children’s books.

The recent book donation benefited 140 families in three villages.

Reader to Reader's book and computer donations aid projects in 17 countries.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Read, Think, Share Results Presented at Literacy Essentials Conference

Last weekend, our Director of Mentoring Programs, Dennis Quinn, presented results from our Read, Think, Share mentoring program at the 9th annual Literacy Essentials Conference at Central Connecticut State University.

Students working with Read, Think, Share mentors report increases in reading persistence and comprehension, along with stronger writing skills.  Most importantly, the program makes reading and writing a daily habit.

One student Dennis featured in the poster said, “This class has improved my reading. It has made me more interested in books, and I've been reading a lot more because of this class. I've read about six books and am still reading more.”

It's all made possible by our amazing crew of mentors!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Newspaper Features Read, Think, Share Mentoring Program

Amherst-based Reader to Reader takes literacy efforts online with help of Five College students

Special to The Republican By Cori Urba
on March 25, 2015 
AMHERST - Boguslaw Janiszewski, a second-year student at Hampshire College studying English literature, creative writing and philosophy, has never met any of the public school students he mentors in reading: It's done online.
"But I know first hand that, by exciting these individuals and by reading with them what they want to read - freely - the students we work with are able to offer themselves fully to a book or piece of text and truly digest the material, whether emotional or semantic," he says.
Janiszewski is a mentor in the Reader to Reader program.
"It's really interesting because by just pointing out certain aspects or perspectives in a text, these kids really do just exhibit their love for books and a premature possibility of studying in the field of academia by really asking and answering some hard-ball, mind-bending questions," he added.
Housed in the Cadigan Center for Religious Life on the campus of Amherst College, Reader to Reader involved in 2014 more than 135 Pioneer Valley college students in mentoring more than 1,000 mostly middle-school students in its Read, Think, Share literacy mentoring program that engaged public schools in the region as well as a school on a Navajo Reservation in New Mexico.
Read, Think, Share is an innovative literacy program that engages college students who read the same book with a middle-school student and share an online conversation about the book through daily blogs between mentor and student. The mentoring program aims to increase a love for reading among students and to increase their reading proficiency and their emotional investment in attending school.
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