A wonderful visit with 20 students from E.N. White Middle School in Holyoke, MA! We took them on a tour of Amherst College and answered questions on everything from classes to cafeteria food. They were a smart, fun group with lots of good questions. Maybe we'll see them again in the class of 2023!
Reader to Reader, an Amherst-based
literacy organization, is donating 15,000 new children’s books to schools in
the Springfield, Massachusetts area.
The book donation is part of the
organization’s annual Spring Book Extravaganza, which donates books to schools
in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, and W. Springfield, Massachusetts.
“We are so excited to give out these books to children in our district’s
schools,” said Samuel Karlin, principal at Belcher Elementary in Chicopee. “Reader to
Reader has a long history of helping our schools.”
"Getting books into the hands
of children is what our organization is all about," says David Mazor,
Reader to Reader's executive director. "We love to see the smiles on their
faces when they learn they get to keep the books."
Reader to Reader's Spring Book Extravaganza is sponsored by the Xeric Foundation, Chicopee Savings Bank, and the F.I.S.H.
This spring, Reader to Reader has launched a new series of
workshops in Holyoke, Massachusetts that help Spanish-speaking immigrant
parents understand the college application process.
The program is conducted in Spanish and teaches about financial
aid, college-matching, the application process, and how best to motivate and
prepare their children for college.
“One of the gaps we have found is in the knowledge-base of
immigrant parents,” Reader to Reader’s executive director David Mazor says. “The
U.S. system is very different than in Puerto Rico and parents need a
comprehensive program so they can assist and advise their children. Since
applying for college is a multi-generational process, requiring among other
things timely financial information from the parents, it is essential that they
understand how the system works. We are pleased to have created a fun, educational program that explores all aspects of the college application process.”
Much of the material needed to understand U.S. higher education is not available in Spanish, so Reader to Reader has been creating and translating materials that cover a wide variety of topics.
The workshops are held over the course of 8 weeks and include field trips to college campuses.
In addition to working with Reader to Reader staff, weekly guest speakers include admissions and financial aid officers from local colleges.
Support for Blueprint for Success comes from John & Elizabeth Armstrong, and the Holyoke Public Schools.
Sanabria is always looking for new ways to engage the students at Kennedy
Middle School in Springfield, Massachusetts. As the City Connects Site
Coordinator for the school, she and the teachers and students worked together
to create a family Literacy Fiesta, featuring food, games, crafts, and lots of
We were there to help
create another "Book Your Vacation" -- a Reader to Reader book
donation program that helps elementary and middle school kids build their own
home libraries through book giveaways just before school vacations.
Stephanie hosted Kennedy's firstBook Your Vacation during a school day in October, but this time she made it part of an evening event, so quite a few Kennedy middle schoolers were able to bring younger siblings to pick out books as well.
A new book to take home during vacation week can keep students building literacy skills outside of school time -- and the families of Kennedy have some fun reading ahead of them. Here's Stephanie getting a head start with one of last night's visitors!
Funding for our Massachusetts book donations comes from the Xeric Foundation and the F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc.