Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Springboard Project Recipient Announced

We are pleased to announce that Elson Dale Low, a senior at Amherst College, has been accepted into Reader to Reader’s Springboard Program.

The Springboard Program helps college students launch global literacy projects all around the world, and Elson Dale Low’s project, the Cognitive Initiative, develops academic summer programs in Guyana.

Under the terms of the Springboard Program, Reader to Reader has awarded Low $2,000 to be used for staffing costs and other project needs.

This is a very well-thought-out project,” notes Reader to Reader founder David Mazor. “We are pleased to support the excellent work that Elson Dale Low is doing, and know it is making an important educational contribution to the young people of Guyana.”

Past Springboard projects have built a library in a coffee farming village in Costa Rica, started a school for special needs students in the Dominican Republic, supported a school in Haiti, built a community center in Nicaragua, and founded a school Nigeria.

Click to see a one-minute film on the Springboard Program.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Computers on their way to Togo, West Africa

A batch of refurbished Dell OptiPlex computers has begun their journey to Togo, West Africa, for a new computer lab. The computers were donated by Reader to Reader as part of our Computer Donation Program, which has built computer labs in Costa Rica, Ghana, Nicaragua, Trinidad and Tobago, and in the U.S. in Arizona, Massachusetts, and New Mexico.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Making Life More Bearable!

Just some of the 40 teddy bears we are giving out to children in the DiscoverBooks program.

Funding for the DiscoverBooks program comes from the AEC Trust,  the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, and the F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc.

Friday, December 19, 2014

I received the books today and they are so great!

“I received the books today and they are so great! The selection and varying reading levels far exceeded my expectations of what was coming.”

Amy Zabel
North High School
North St. Paul, MN

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Support Reader to Reader on Valley Gives Day! December 10th!

December 10, 2014, is the 3rd annual Valley Gives Day. Your online donation to Reader to Reader helps us do important literacy work all year long. And by giving as part of the Valley Gives Day campaign, you help us qualify for bonuses that amplify your donation. And there’s no need to wait. You can give to Reader to Reader now and it will credit to Valley Gives Day! Please help us meet our matching grant!  Use this link to go to our online Valley Gives Day fundraising page. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Practice Makes Perfect at St. Michael Indian School

On Nov. 22, 12 students came to St. Michael's Indian School in St. Michaels, Arizona, on a Saturday morning to take a full-length practice ACT under the watchful eye of Reader to Reader’s Navajo Outreach Coordinator, Meg Holladay. We started bright and early at 8AM, the same time the real ACT begins, and the students worked hard on the test until around noon. Eight students chose to write the optional essay section of the test. After time was up, we graded the practice tests together. Students were able to compare their scores to the national averages, and see which sections were going well for them and which they needed to improve. Many told us it was a valuable experience for them, and everyone went home to a well-deserved weekend of rest!