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August 2018

Boeing’s Liftoff for Learning Drive is on now!

Boeing employees are helping kids in our community get off to a great start at school.  The Liftoff for Learning drive runs August 1st – 31st and is open to all Boeing employees.  Funds raised for Page Ahead will be used to give new books to kids in need.  Kids who have books at home read more – and that improves reading skill.  But for many kids from low-income families, books are a luxury.  Thanks to Boeing employees and Liftoff for Learning, those kids won’t be left behind.  Instead, they’ll get to choose and enjoy great new books – and develop their reading superpowers! 

 A gift of $100 will give a home library to two kids in need.  Add Boeing’s gift match and now FOUR kids will benefit from a home library.  That’s a real Liftoff for Learning!

 Visit the Liftoff for Learning site to make a gift to support kids and reading. 

Thank you Boeing employees!!


Bright Idea

When selling no-longer-needed personal property, you may consider having the buyer make out their check to "Page Ahead".

Organize a Fundraiser!


PACCAR/Ms Book Drive

Join PACCAR and Mariners Care by bringing NEW children’s books or cash donations to the Tuesday, August 21st game against the reigning World Champion Houston Astros. Volunteers will be collecting funds and new books at the gates prior to the game. In addition, we will be hosting a book fair inside the stadium. Please stop by section 128 to say “Hi” and/or buy books to donate. Don’t miss the special PACCAR/Mariners-themed truck on the plaza at the south end of the stadium, next to the stadium parking garage.

All donations will benefit Page Ahead and give kids in need the chance to read. Go Mariners!


Mission in Action

This summer Page Ahead provided 11 Feed Your Brain summer learning sites with 3,158 new books for their 941 students in need. Feed Your Brian is a program provided by Schools Out Washington, an organization that does their best to ensure all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school. Since 2001, School’s Out Washington has worked together with the Discuren Foundation, and since 2010 Page Ahead, to address summer learning loss and summertime hunger by funding summer learning programs in rural Washington State.

Page Ahead is Hiring

Join our team! We are looking to add a F/T Development Manager to our team. Please help us spread the word.


Partner Spotlight

Columbia Basin Foundation has awarded Page Ahead with a grant to provide 576 new books for students in Grant County. Thank you Columbia Basin Foundation for your generous grant to help provide home reading libraries for kids in need!


Shopping = New Books

Do you shop at Fred Meyer or QFC? In one easy step you can link your rewards card to Page Ahead and support children's literacy in our region. Every time you shop at a Fred Meyer or QFC, they will match a portion of your purchase and donate it to kids in need. Sign up here
Our code is RA365

 


Getting School Ready

Ready for Kindergarten? A guide to helping your preschooler prepare for Kindergarten. Handbook


September is Literacy Month

Shop at Half Price Books in September to support Page Ahead!

Ways to donate:
1) Coin box at the register
2) Buy a button
3) HPB will donate 5% of all sales to Page Ahead on Saturday, Sept 8th!

July 2018

Partner Spotlight

This month we would like to acknowledge our partners at PACCAR Inc. In 2007 they teamed up with the Seattle Mariners to create the RBI for Literacy Program. This amazing program has raised enough to purchase more than 150,000 new books for kids in need!!! In addition PACCAR employees have collected over 25,000 new books through workplace book drives. Thank you, PACCAR!

Earlier this year the Pigott Family was honored at the Seattle King County First Citizen award banquet. For more than a decade, the generosity of the Pigott family and PACCAR Inc. has helped give nearly 20,000 children in need a home library of their own. We think this is a wonderful honor for wonderful people. Congratulations from Page Ahead!



Community Partner

We'd like to thank all of the members of “Gen Cubed”, the third generation of the Lee Family, for their recent grant that enabled 104 Kindergarteners at Valhalla Elementary in Auburn discover the joy of reading. Members of Gen Cubed were on hand to help at the Page Ahead book fair this past spring.

“The children’s excitement over receiving books of their own was contagious. ‘We get to keep them?!’ was a constant refrain. It was clear that this gift was very special to each individual and we were so honored to experience it with them.” - Kym Lee

With this grant, more students will have access to books in the summer months to prevent learning loss. Thank You Lee Family for your generosity!


Volunteer Opportunities

- PACCAR Book Drive at Kenworth Family Day in Renton, Saturday, August 11th
- PACCAR Book Drive at the Mariner's game, Tuesday, August 21st
- Story Time Volunteer - Read to Kids, Sept - June, monthly, Everett, Tacoma, Spokane

If you'd like to volunteer for one or all of these upcoming events, please contact us!


Volunteer of the Year

Page Ahead is proud to present the Sarajane Beal Award for Volunteer Excellence to Diana Konaszewski Ray. As a Story Time volunteer, Diana has brought tremendous joy to her PreK class in Port Townsend, even going so far as to make special appearances in her Pete the Cat costume.  Diana’s enthusiasm as she reads to the children is a sight to behold; big-hearted, she always takes the time to make sure each small hand is seen and each little voice is heard and responded to.

 

 

 

 


In addition to sharing her love of reading with children, Diana has made other significant contributions to our Story Time program by:

Thank you, Diana, for all you do in helping Page Ahead create a love of reading among the children of Washington State; we are grateful for you!

Current and past Volunteers of the Year


Recognition

We'd like to give a HUGE round of applause to all of our volunteers. This year we saw particular growth in our Story Time program, where volunteers set an all-time record for holding 817 Story Time's, donating more than 1,700 of hours! This meant that 1,342 kids from high poverty schools participated in engaging discussions (among other things) about Ducks, Pigs, Sharing, Firefighters and Vegetables. More importantly, the Story Time volunteers became role models and helped to instill a love of reading and learning to a very young and impressionable generation.

We'd also like to thank our Book Fair Helpers, Table Captains, Board Members, Committee Members, and many, many more. These delightful people have given their skills, hard work and time to help Page Ahead. So far this year, more than 420 volunteers have donated over 5,342 hours to help our programs and fundraising events. Our success would not be possible without the support from our volunteers - THANK YOU!!!


June 2018

Partner Spotlight

The Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation awarded a grant to Page Ahead that will provide 1,428 new books for local kids in need. This generous gift will help students create home libraries for summer reading and beyond. Thank you Umpqua Bank!


Recognition

Thank you JoAnn Bader and Diane Koontz for your combined 40 + years of dedicated service to Page Ahead!!! In the past two decades JoAnn and Diane have volunteered at PA, they have sorted, counted and packed hundreds of thousands of books for the kids we serve. They have donated more than 10,000 hours to projects big and small to keep our organization running smoothly. We are incredibly grateful for JoAnn and Diane. They are a joy to work with and truly are inspirational. Thank you!!!


Mission in Action

By the end of third grade, students need to be able to read to learn, or risk failure in all other subjects. Last year 62% of third grade students from low-income homes in Washington failed to meet grade level standard in reading. The need is urgent. 

In order to support our goal of reducing the literacy achievement gap in Washington, Page Ahead is focused on increasing the number of students from low-income families that meet grade level standards in reading by the end of third grade. Because an estimated two-thirds of the literacy achievement gap is caused by summer learning loss, that problem must be addressed in order for these students to make progress. Our Book Up Summer program is designed to increase access to books and reading in the summer months, objectives that are critical to keep kids from sliding back each year.

Thanks to our supporters, this spring we were able to give 180,000 new books to more than 15,000 kids via our Book Up Summer program! This inspiring program gives students in kindergarten through second grade reading material for summer vacation. Each participating student chose 12 new books from a special book fair at their school. This year we served 76 schools in Chelan, Grant, King, Mason, Okanogan, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whatcom, Whitman and Yakima Counties.
See all the photos on our public photo stream page.

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Community Partner

Nordstrom has awarded Page Ahead with a grant to provide 1,428 new books for local students from low-income families. Thank you Nordstrom for your generous grant to help provide summer reading libraries for kids in need!


Volunteer Spotlight

Spring has come and gone in a flash! In the span of two quick months, we were so fortunate to have 133 enthusiastic volunteers donate more than 391 hours to help at Page Ahead book fairs for our Book Up Summer program. Our Book Fair Helpers aided the children as they self-selected 12 brand new books, helped affix nameplate stickers in those books and if time permitted, read with the kids. Our volunteers were out in force at book fairs in elementary schools from Spokane to Federal Way. We would like to give a heartfelt thanks to all of the teachers, librarians, literacy coaches, parents and volunteers - thank you for all your hard work and valiant efforts to help the 15,000 children we serve with our Book Up Summer program!


Teachers ♥ Story Leaders

We recently surveyed our partners at the 12 early education sites we serve with our Story Leader program. Check out their responses below:

"Children are asking deeper questions, you can see the little wheels in their heads turning more. We get more exciting, meaningful questions. They are more confident when reading aloud or with friends." - Teacher, Head Start

"Parents absolutely LOVE this program. They are extremely grateful for the free books. They love how engaged their children are with reading. Many parents are surprised (and grateful) that their children now enjoy reading. Parents love how the children will read the books to their families." - Teacher, ECEAP Site

"One of my little three year olds loves story time. She loves answering the questions (provided by Page Ahead) and helping read the stories. She is actually picking up easy sight words." - Educator, Head Start


May 2018

Dream Come True!

Thanks to our A Taste for Reading benefit luncheon sponsors, guests, Table Captains and dedicated volunteers for making our 15th annual event a HUGE success! We are pleased to announce that we reached our fundraising goal of $250,000!!! Generous donations from the event will help give 23,000 kids in need home libraries full of new books that they can read again and again. Thank You!



Gratitude

We would like to thank the 55 volunteers who helped make this year's luncheon a huge success! The luncheon takes place on one day, once a year in one hour, but behind the scenes, it takes months of preparation. With a small staff of five, we rely on the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. Our success stems from having outstanding volunteers. Thank you!


It’s time to Book Up Summer!

The Page Ahead book fairs have begun! Now through June 22nd, more than 15,000 children will select their 12 brand new books to keep and read over the summer. The Book Up Summer program gives young students the tools and incentive they need to read during summer vacation. Grounded in current literacy research, this evidence-based reading program is offered to high-poverty elementary schools through Page Ahead’s partnerships with school districts across Washington State. View the map here.


Gave BIG

GiveBIG 2018 was a rousing success! Thank you for making sure kids in need get a great start with reading. Supporters helped raise more than $17,000 - enough to give more than 400 children a home library for their own this summer. Your donations maxed out our $5,000 match challenge from Comic Relief Red Nose Day USA - Thank you!  


3 Millionth Book

This spring, Page Ahead will be giving away our 3 millionth book! That's 3 MM: ecstatic smiles, adventures taken, and lives changed. Each time a child in need opened their brand new book, they felt special and valued. They were given a chance to read & succeed. Thank you for making this achievement possible!

With the help of some very special friends, we made a little video to celebrate. Check it out and then please, share it with all your friends. View video here


April 2018

Summer Slide Stops Now!

It's that time of year when our Book Up Summer students select their 12 brand new books! Page Ahead will be giving more than 180,000 new books to 15,000 kids in May - June at 72 high poverty schools across Washington.

Do you want to help the kids select their books? At our book fairs, students in grades K - 2 will each select 12 brand new, free-to-them books donated by Page Ahead, to take home to keep. For many of these children, these will be the first books they own. We are in need of volunteers to help with various tasks at the book fairs in schools across greater Seattle, Tacoma, Marysville and Spokane. Important: The book fairs occur during school weekday hours, of course!

Volunteer tasks include: Helping the children select their 12 books, scaning the books using an easy-to-operate register, restocking shelves, helping kids put a name plate sticker in their new books, helping the kids count their books and put the books into their shopping bag. Do you want to be a book fair helper? Sign-up here!

You can view the schools we serve here: View the Map


National Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Month, when we celebrate the work that volunteers do year-round. A HUGE "Thank You" to all of our Page Ahead Volunteers! We are a small staff of five and could not function without the dedication and support we receive every week from our volunteers. Thank you!

This past year we have had 66 office volunteers contribute 1,540 hours of their time and efforts to help our organization flourish. From sorting book donations, to making crafts for our Story Time program, to processing data entry, they are all valuable assets to our team. In addition, our 370 volunteers in the field contributed 3,186 hours of their time reading to kids at schools across our state, holding book drives, being book fair helpers and serving as one of our 12 Board Members.

It is abundantly clear that our volunteers are incredibly invested in helping kids in need succeed with reading. Our programs could not provide many of our services without your help. Thank you Page Ahead Volunteers for helping us to achieve our mission to provide new books and reading activities that empower at-risk children.


Community Partner

Page Ahead has been selected as the education partner for Bag It Forward at the (soon to open) New Seasons Market - Ballard store!

Learn more here


April 23rd - World Book Day

In honor of World Book Day, Amazon Books at University Village and The Bellevue Collection held a book drive for Page Ahead. The books purchased by their generous customers will go towards providing summer reading for children who don't have access to books throughout the summer months. Thank you Amazon Books!

Amazon Books - University Village

Amazon Books - Bellevue Collection


Join Our Program Committee

Do you have experience in early childhood education (Pre-K - 2nd)? Are you knowledgeable about and love children's books? Are you committed to children's literacy?  If you answered "yes", then Page Ahead has the perfect opportunity for you! We are looking for Program Committee members. This working committee meets monthly to advise and support the program activities of Page Ahead. 

Learn More


March 2018

Mission in Action

On March 2nd Page Ahead celebrated Read Across America Day (aka Dr. Seuss's birthday) with about 100 kindergarten students at Hilltop Elementary in south Seattle.  Each student in the four kindergarten classrooms was able to choose a brand new Dr. Seuss book to keep for their own.  Even better?  They got to read their selections with one of the nearly 20 volunteers who took time out of their morning to come and help. Hilltop is a dual-language school but lucky for our volunteers, it was English day so they got to read in their home language! 

Becoming good at anything takes practice and we thank our volunteer friends from Tableau, The Boeing Company, Microsoft, Pitch Your Peers, EWI and Pi Beta Phi, for taking the time to read to the students.  And to the staff and students at Hilltop Elementary for their warm welcome and reading enthusiasm.  Dr. Seuss would be proud!

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A Big Gift - Delivers Hope

When Cheri Ryan called the Page Ahead office to learn about our literacy programs, we never imagined we would be the recipient of a donation from the Elizabeth Ruth Wallace Living Trust in the amount of $200,000!!!

The trust was established by Mrs. Wallace, aka “Aunt Bette”, to enrich the lives of those from her former community. Aunt Bette spent her formative years playing and exploring around her neighborhood in Alderwood Manor, Washington. She later graduated from Edmonds High School in 1942. Between 1942 – 1949, she worked as a civilian employee for the United States Army in Seattle, Alaska, and Tokyo, Japan. Later in life Aunt Bette managed several travel agencies, allowing her to travel the world until her retirement in the late 1990’s. Aunt Bette had a zest for life, traveling and learning. She wanted others to experience the joys of learning and exploring.

Cheri tells us that “Aunt Bette gave myself, my husband Pat, and my brother Kevin the humbling opportunity to make charitable donations from her Trust on her behalf after her passing.  When we learned of Page Ahead it touched a chord with us as we grew up with books in our homes and reading was an important part of our childhood and still is in our adulthood.  We were lucky, we had books growing up, our daughters had books, books that took us on adventures, taught us about people and places unknown to us, books that let us use our imagination all while giving us great pleasure.  We know that the books your program provides to youngsters will benefit them by taking them on adventures, introducing them to things unknown, and allow them to gain knowledge and reading skills as they grow in their education.”   

With Aunt Bette’s gift, Page Ahead will be able to provide services to nearly 900 children from low-income homes in the Edmonds School District for the next six years! Because of Aunt Bette’s gift, children who can’t afford to have books of their own will now be able to begin building their home libraries and reading skills. “Reading is the skill upon which all others are based.”, said Susan Dibble, Page Ahead’s Executive Director. “This gift will transform the educational lives of these children, and will have a huge impact on their future success.”

Pictured (L) Page Ahead Executive Director Susan Dibble, (R) Cheri Ryan



Community Partner

On Dr. Seuss's birthday, we were delighted to welcome our friends from Trilogy for Kids to our Page Ahead office. These dedicated community fundraisers work their magic raising funds to ensure children in our community have the tools they need to succeed. Thank you Trilogy for Kids for your generous grant to help provide summer reading libraries for kids in need!

Pictured (L - R) Judy Hannah, Connie Gagnon, Jan Becker, Angie Drzewiecki, Mickey Shannon, Page Ahead Executive Director Susan Dibble


READERS: START YOUR OVENS!

April 7th, at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Third Place Commons, Lake Forrest Park. Free!

The Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council


February 2018

Feature

We're in a blog! February is #LibraryLoversMonth. To celebrate, Charity Navigator has dedicated a blog post to highly-rated charities that are fostering a love of reading in youth and families. Page Ahead is honored to be rated a Four Star Charity by Charity Navigator. Be sure to check it out!


Mission in Action

More than 1,000 local preschool students will soon be receiving new books through our Story Leader program! After reading the new books in small groups in their preschool classroom, they will take them home to share with their parents. This month we are shipping the final round of books for this program year. Just in time for spring the children will be reading: Growing Vegetable Soup and The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Recognition

We'd like to thank the Smith – Barbieri Progressive Fund for their recent grant to help Spokane students discover the joy of reading. Funding will be used to bring our Book Up Summer program to students in grades K - 2 at seven of the highest need elementary schools in Spokane County. With this grant, more students will have access to books in the summer months to prevent learning loss. Thank You!


Volunteer Appreciation

We were delighted to see more than 20 friends at our annual volunteer appreciation potluck. The food was delicious, the conversation lively and company a delight. Here is a recipe voted as a fan favorite amongst our staff and volunteers. Thank you Barbara and Diane for your contribution!


How to Raise a Reader

From baby book titles, questions to ask and what you will need to know from baby's first year through the tween years, this New York Times article has it all.


January 2018

Holiday Generosity

Thank you for making December merry & bright for kids in need! Through our Year End Appeal Fundraiser, we received enough funds to purchase 7,032 new books which will go home with some very deserving kids.

During the 2017 Holiday Book Drives, we received over 4,000 new books from local book stores, company and office book drives, family book drives as well as independent donations. We would like to thank Jet City Improv, Elliot Bay Book Company, Barnes & Noble Downtown Seattle, Secret Garden Bookshop, College Nannies, Sitters + Tutors, Ernst & Young and Amazon Books.



Teacher Testimonial

“To the Page Ahead Literacy Program, As an educator I would like to thank you for your generous gift of books! I try to instill the love of reading to my students all year long. This gift of books encourages that joy for reading. My students were very excited picking, sharing and owning these books. For some of these students, these are the first new books they have ever had. Sincerely, Carol.” – 2nd grade Teacher

“We just wanted to say a big thank you for your gift to our school, Liberty Elementary in Marysville. Once again we were so fortunate to have your help and amazing volunteers and it was a fantastic two days!! We were all so excited to see and hear our studnets be amazed by getting to choose their very own, forever to keep, free books. The joy and excitement was felt by all of the adults involved as well. A huge thank you from all of us here, with very grateful hearts!!” – Mari, Literacy Coach


Partner Spotlight

The Discuren Foundation has awarded a two-year grant to Page Ahead's Book Up Summer program. Because of this generosity, the home libraries of children in Skagit and Yakima counties are about to get a big boost. Thank you Discuren Foundation!


Announcement

Great news! Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women is partnering with First Book to bring brand new books to children nationwide as part of its annual Fraternity Day of Service. Page Ahead has been selected by the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity to be the fortunate recipient of 500 new children's books. During the March 2nd Day of Service, Pi Beta Phi Members will volunteer their time and efforts at Page Ahead's office. Thank you Pi Phis!


Volunteer Spotlight

Story Time Volunteers – praise from teachers
“The children really look forward to the days when Maria comes. She does a wonderful job of making stories fun for the children, allowing them opportunities for feedback and questions. She makes a point of making every child feel good about what they have to share.” - Ms. Ayers

“Kelly is so enthusiastic. She keeps the children engaged and really spends time talking with them. Love how Jacki is so supportive to our classroom. Thank YOU for making a difference…love how Page Ahead creates an amazing opportunity to provide our children with a love for books!” – Ms. Blume

“The story time has been excellent, Mr. Jack, gets ready with sight words that he wants the children to learn, he asks the children to see what they know about the word; he encourages open-ended questions on the word and then he explains the meaning. This has extended children's vocabulary, knowledge and language--not only for English speakers but also supports our children who are ESL.” – Ms. Silva


Book Drive

Jet City Improv Book Drive for kids in need. Throughout January bring NEW children's books or monetary donations to the comedy performances listed below. All proceeds from the drive will go towards helping kids in need get the chance to read!

Jet City Improv:
Fridays at 10:30 pm and Saturdays at 8 pm
Seattle’s own brand of short-form improv comedy. Every show is a blast of brand new scenes, games, and songs, all based on audience suggestions and crafted into pure comedy by our seasoned improvisers.

Twisted Flicks:
Saturday, January 27th at 8 pm
A monthly comedy show that makes HORRIBLE movies HILARIOUS. Seattle’s funniest improvisers watch a bad movie on the big screen, mute the sound and then use your suggestions to make up brand new dialogue, music and sound effects on the spot. This month's movie: "King Kong Escapes"


December 2017

All of us at Page Ahead send warm holiday wishes to you—our heroes!

Thanks to your advocacy, financial support and volunteering, thousands of kids in need across Washington experienced the joy of choosing great new books to read and building their home libraries in 2017.  What a wonderful gift—thank you!!


Story Leaders

The next book making its way to the young readers enrolled in our Story Leader program is the classic, "The Snowy Day". You may have seen a few of the enchanting images recently in your mail as they are currently featured on USPS stamps! Many of us can relate to this darling book as it reminds us of our own first snowy day. If you are reading this book for the first time with your little one, we've created a few questions you can ask your child to make the reading activity more interactive. View questions here.


Community Partners

Founded in 2016 in Greenwich, Connecticut, Pitch Your Peers, Inc., (PYP, pronounced “pipe”) is a grant-giving charitable organization with a mission to “engage women in philanthropy and to collectively fund grants to (local) charitable initiatives.” In 2017 a PYP chapter was formed in Seattle with the aim of serving King County.

PYP is different from other grant givers in that its members choose a charitable project and then “pitch” each other…think “Shark Tank” for charities. Thanks to Page Ahead supporter and PYP member Megan Wells’ excellent pitching skills, Page Ahead and was awarded the 2nd place grant of $6,000!  Thank you Megan and Seattle PYP! Learn more about Pitch Your Peers: Pitch Your Peers


Announcements

Page Ahead has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. You can view our exceptional rating here.

Page Ahead’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it another 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.  These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. “Page Ahead’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds Page Ahead to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program.”


We Won!

We did it! Your vote helped power us to victory in the First Tech Federal Credit Union Season of Giving contest. Hooray!! This win translates to $18,500! Best of all, 440 children will get the joy of starting their very own home libraries through our Book Up Summer program. Thank you, we couldn't have done it without your votes. Thank you First Tech for this incredible opportunity!


Holiday Book Drives

During this giving season we are delighted our friends at Amazon Books, The Elliot Bay Book Company and Barnes & Noble have chosen to put new books in the hands of kids who need them. Select locations will be collecting new books for Page Ahead. Stop by to complete your holiday shopping and support their efforts to give kids in need the chance to read!

Amazon Books, November 27th - December 24th 2017: University Village & Bellevue Square shopping centers
Elliot Bay Book Company, November 24th - January 1st 2018: Seattle
Barnes & Noble, November 1st - January 1st 2018: Pacific Place  6th & Pine, Seattle, WA


Gratitude

We would like to thank: Secret Garden Bookshop, Ernst & YoungCollege Nannies, Sitters + Tutors and Jet City Improv for hosting holiday book drives for Page Ahead. Because of your big-heartedness, young students will have brand new, high quality, books of their very own.

 

Thank You!


Adobe - Design Like Mad Recap

It all happend in one day, "Skill, endurance, and most importantly, a little bit of madness". On a brisk Saturday morning, 80 talented student and professional designers came together at the Adobe Seattle office for the "Design Like Mad" one day event. The designers volunteered their time and skills to help 19 Seattle area non-profits with graphic design, branding and marking projects. This was the first year the event took place in Seattle and Page Ahead was one of the lucky 19 to be selected to participate. By the end of the day, four talented and inovative designers had created a stylish new marketing brochure for Page Ahead. We'd like to thank our friends at Adobe for inviting us to participate in this rewarding event. Not only did the design volunteers work tirelessly to help the local non-profits with their projects, so did a group of oustanding Adobe employees. Thank you! We'd also like to thank Tanisha, Afina, Mihika and Hy, for creating our new brochure. It was a delight to work with you all!


November 2017

First Tech Federal Credit Union

It’s your last chance to help Page Ahead win $15,000 from First Tech. Voting ends 11/30/2017.
Vote for Page Ahead!

Not only will it take less than 10 seconds of your time (really!), winning this contest would help Page Ahead provide summer reading libraries in the homes of 357 children in need. Thanks to all of you who have already voted, Page Ahead is currently in the lead!  We are definitely the small scrappy horse in this race—please share this voting page widely and ask everyone you can think of to please vote for kids and reading. Voting ends this Thursday, November 30th.


Parents Love Story Leaders

Our newest program Story Leaders is currently serving more than 1,000 children in Head Starts and ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) sites across Washington. The parents have spoken and they are thrilled to see how their child is progressing after receiving books from Page Ahead.

"I liked that my son was already familiar with the books and in his own words would read to us and his little sister. Plus, free books are always appreciated." 

"My child came home excited to show us her NEW book! She tried reading--remembering--how the stories go to her little brother."

"It excited my child each and every time she brought a book home, wanting to read it over and over again, learning to read it on her own, remember word for word to the point where she can read it to her little brother and also to us!"

"Not only do we read together now as a family, but my son read "Barnacle Is Bored" to us! That was the first book he read by himself. Special memory!"


Fall is Workplace Giving Time

Many workplace campaigns allow you to designate Page Ahead as your charity of choice. We participate in the public campaigns shown below:

To support Page Ahead through your workplace, please:
A. Choose Page Ahead on your giving form!
B. Invite Page Ahead to speak at a campaign kickoff, team meeting or information fair
C. Hold a workplace fundraiser or drive. Need ideas? Click here! 

Many independent businesses also offer opportunities for payroll deductions and matching gifts, primarily through the United Way (remember, you can write in "Page Ahead").


Teacher Feedback

Page Ahead's largest program Book Up Summer is growing! In spring 2018, the program will be serving 16,700 students grades K - 2nd in 78 schools; an increase of more than 3,000 kids. Students enrolled in our Book Up Summer program have higher reading scores than nonparticipants, are better prepared to be successful scholars, and have a fighting chance to overcome future academic obstacles. Don't just take our word for it, here are a few testimonials from teachers in our community:

“Our students were so excited about choosing the books themselves. I got really excited the day after the books went home, I was doing an exit interview with one of my program students, he was telling me how excited his family was when his brother brought home his 12 books. he said the brother was in kindergarten and that he was going to help his brother read the books over the summer. They were also going to read them to their preschool sister to help her get ready for kindergarten.”

“(The Book Up Summer program that Page Ahead offers) Puts books in the hands of children who otherwise would not receive them."

“Book Up Summer is such a fantastic program! Our students are so fortunate to be able to participate in this each year. In about March, students start asking if the books are coming again. The kids are SO excited to shop for the books and are SO happy when they find out they get to keep them.”



Holiday Giving Ideas

Having a holiday party? Not sure what to ask guests to bring? Wine, cheese, white elephant gifts? Instead you could ask your guests to make a gift to Page Ahead. It's the gift that keeps on giving! Only $42 gives a summer reading library to a child in need.
Share our donation link in your holiday greetings & e-vites! Thank you, and Happy Holidays!


October 2017

Big Trucks + Baseball = BOOKS!

PACCAR is widely known for their trucks – a Kenworth or Peterbuilt might have been in your rearview mirror on your commute today.  But did you know their passion for education is as big as their big wheelers?  PACCAR believes that with a strong education, people have a life full of opportunities. We couldn’t agree more!

Through the RBI for Literacy program – PACCAR has teamed up with the Seattle Mariners and together, they are creating thousands of reading opportunities for kids in need. 

This wonderful promotion has raised enough to purchase more than 150,000 new books for kids in need!!! And PACCAR employees have collected an additional 25,000 new books through book drives at their wokplace. Thank you, PACCAR!

L – R:  Ken Hastings, Marisol Monge and Alexis Cinco from PACCAR, Susan Dibble and José Amoedo from Page Ahead


Student Testimonial

"Dear Page Ahead, My name is Carlos. I am a third grader who is learning a second language. Thank you for the book it's about puppies. I now know more about puppies. Sincerely Carlos" - age 8

 "Thank you for giving the whole school tons of books. My goal for the summer is to read at least three books a day. When I read chapter books I make pictures in my head. When I read fiction books I get really excited and don't want to stop. P.S. I love to read because it makes me feel good inside.” – Claire, age 7

"Dear page ahead, This book is so me! I could'nt wait to read it as soon as I got the book I started to read and I could not stop. It's the best book I ever read.” – Oyoo, age 6


Community Partners

Thank you to the 33 fantastic volunteers from Ernst & Young who donated their time for EY Connect Day 2017 on October 6th. The Ernst & Young employees traveled to Beverly Park Elementary in south Seattle to spend time reading to more than 100 students. The kindergartners were able to select a brand new book (donated by Page Ahead for a third consecutive year) and then have it read to them by a EY volunteer.

Thank you EY employees for sharing you love of reading with the students at Beverly Park!


Volunteer Spotlight

Throughout the month of October, our friends at Microsoft have been devoting their time to help Page Ahead. More than 93 Microsoft employees have been donating their time and talents this month to help make bookplate packets for Page Ahead. 'What are bookplate packets?' you may ask. They are strips of printed labels that are then made into packets by groups of volunteers. These bookplate labels will go into the books we give the students we serve with our programs. This year more than 20,000 kids in need will be writing their names on these bookplate labels, claiming their new books for their very own. Thank you to our Page Ahead Board Members, Jason and Shubha as well as PA Volunteers and Staff for helping to organize these micro-volunteering events this month!


Announcement

Thank you to artist Bryan Moore and to Dacre Stoker for donating $1,000 to Page Ahead! Bryan created a bronze bust of Bram Stoker (author of "Dracula") for the Museum of Pop Culture as part of their exhibit celebrating the art of horror film in popular culture. Part of Bryan's art projects always include a financial donation to the local children's literacy program in the city where he places an original author bust. Thank you Bryan and Dacre for giving kids in need the chance to read!


September 2017

Partner Spotlight

For the past three years, the Paul Lauzier Charitable Foundation in Ephrata has donated to Page Ahead, helping kids in need succeed by having new books to call their own. The grant helped to provide students in need living in Grant County with more than 7,000 new books through our Book Up Summer program. Thank you!


Community Partners 

Thank you to the 86 wonderful volunteers who did everything from reading with students to helping prepare for a mailing at the Page Ahead office. The volunteers donated their time this month during the United Way Day of Caring event. We want to give a shout out to the employees from Microsoft, Boeing, Perkins Coie LLP, Physio-Control, Expeditors, and our very own Page Ahead Board Members, for taking the time to give kids in need the chance to read! View Photo Gallery

 


Student Testimonial

"Thank you for all of the books you gave to me. I think your program is awesome because I get to pick out a free book. It also increases mine and other kids imaginations. Our school is so thankful for all of the books your giving to us. All of the books are great! The program doing an awesome job on getting us to read more." - Nicole, age 7

"1. Reading means fun. 2. Reading means spending time with my mom and dad. 3. Reading means learning. 4. Reading means looking at pictures. 5. Reading means meeting my a.r. goal." - Jonathan, age 6

"Thank you Page Ahead for all the books and when we read the books we get smarter. So thank you." - Mandelyn, age 6


Program Year Report

During the 2016 - 2017 program year, Page Ahead provided 21,923 kids in need with 190,662 new books! That is an increase of 3,604 kids from the previous year. You can see the total number of students served by Page Ahead programs here: Who We Serve


Staff Picks 

Page Ahead’s newest program Story Leaders takes preschool students beyond being passive listeners, to being active learners during story time. Story Leaders uses specific early reading techniques that can help students actively participate in the story reading – building confidence, vocabulary, and reinforcing language skills that are essential to learning to read. Page Ahead partners with early learning centers across Washington State to bring Story Leaders to children from low-income families.

Here are some of the book titles the children will be receiving this year from Page Ahead.


Fall Fundraiser

Students enrolled in our programs are making progress and developing a love of reading that will serve them the rest of their lives. This next year we want to serve an additional 3,500 kids in need with our literacy programs.
Research shows that having access to books at home is strongly linked to academic achievement. All children deserve to have their own books, regardless of their family's income level.

Please donate today to help give books to kids in need!

Donate Here!


Volunteer Spotlight

Page Ahead welcomes a familiar face to our Board of Directors, Daniel Frankel. This will be the first official year for Daniel to serve on our board, as last year he came to Page Ahead as part of the University of Washington Board Fellows program. This year Daniel will be putting his financial background to work by acting as the Co-Treasurer and Co-Chair of our Audit & Finance Committee. Welcome (officially) aboard, Daniel!


August 2017

Partner Spotlight

This year marks the 11th year of support by PACCAR, the company behind the Kenworth and Peterbuilt trucks you probably see on the freeway every day. They are also the company who sponsors 'RBI's for Literacy' with the Seattle Mariners, making a gift each time a run is batted in. This wonderful promotion has raised enough to purchase more than 130,000 new books for kids in need!!! And PACCAR employees have collected an additional 20,000 new books through work site book drives.  Thank you, PACCAR!


PACCAR/Mariners Book Drive

We set a new record at the PACCAR/Mariners Book Drive on August 15th, raising over $1,600 (and some fine new books as well)! We want to say a HUGE thank you to the 50 volunteers from Page Ahead, PACCAR/Kenworth, and Ernst & Young that came out to spread the word about the importance of early childhood literacy and to encourage baseball fans to donate to kids in need. THANK YOU!

View Photo Gallery


Getting School Ready

Ready for Kindergarten? A guide to helping your preschooler prepare for Kindergarten. Handbook


Community Partner

Now through August 31st is Boeing's annual Books and Backpacks Drive. Boeing employees will once again be raising money to put books in the hands of kids in need. Books and Backpacks is Page Ahead’s largest employer-run drive of the year—last year more than $60,000 in new books and donations were collected by Boeing employees. Page Ahead loves Boeing employees!!!


Parent Testimonial

Our new Story Leader program is a hit for Parents, Teachers and Students. This month we are featuring the feedback we've received from parents across our great state. Here are a few stories that share the excitement, growth and confidence this program has given to children this past year.

"My daughter pointed to each thing in the pictures for 'Frog on a Log' and kept laughing between each thing so much that I had to make her start again." - Parent, Seattle, WA

"It excited my child each and every time she brought a book home, wanting to read it over and over again, learning to read it on her own, remember word for word to the point where she can red it to her little brother and also to us!" - Parent, Colville, WA

"My child has been excited about reading more since she has been receiving these books." - Parent, Centralia, WA

"Before, my child would not be excited when it came time to read. Now that she knows the story she wants to read and is excited to share the story with other family members. She is also excited that they are hers and she has a place for them." - Parent, Walla Walla, WA

"Receiving new books monthly was very exciting for my son. He loved reading the books to his sister. Having a variety of books from different authors exposed my son to new book he may not have chosen to read himself." - Parent, Granger, WA

 


Photo Contest

It's that time of year when we need your help to vote for your favorite photos to help us determine who will grace the cover of our 2018 brochure. Vote on Flickr or Vote on Facebook Now - August 31st!


Announcement

Do you shop on Amazon.com? Your eligible shopping will benefit Page Ahead. You shop, Amazon donates. Bookmark this link: Shop Here


July 2017

Partner Spotlight

This month we would like to acknowledge Empire Health Foundation's Responsive Grant of $10,000 awarded to help fund our Book Up Summer program in the Spokane and Stevens Counties.


Community Book Drive

Join PACCAR and Mariners Care by bringing NEW children’s books or cash donations to the Tuesday, August 15th game against Baltimore.

Volunteers will be collecting funds and new books at the gates prior to the game. In addition, PACCAR will be displaying a special Mariners-themed truck on the parking plaza at the south end of the stadium (Edgar Martinez Drive and Occidental).  Fans are encouraged to ‘Stuff the Truck’ with new children’s book donations.

All donations will benefit Page Ahead and give kids in need the chance to read. Go Mariners!


Volunteer of the Year

Page Ahead is proud to present the Sarajane Beal Award for Volunteer Excellence to Sophie Lalazarian-Truman. Sophie is a very active and valued member of the Page Ahead family. Sophie is a dedicated Story Time Reader and Volunteer Trainer. In addition, Sophie is an acting member of Page Ahead’s Program Committee and serves on the Story Leader subcommittee. She helps select books for the program, assists in creating the program curriculum, and coaches’ teachers participating in the program. Thank you Sophie for all of the outstanding work you do for Page Ahead!


Volunteer Opportunities

- August 1st, Call for Story Time Volunteers "Read to Kids" for the 2017 - 2018 school year
- August 15th, PACCAR Book Drive at the Seattle Mariners
- August 18th, Page Ahead Office Mailing Party
- August 26th, Book Fair Helper at the Family Day Celebration, Kenworth Renton Plant

Interested in Volunteering for Page Ahead? Contact Us!


Book Review

By Nicole Banholzer - iRead Contributor

The Gold Leaf by Kirsten Hall, Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe 

Sometimes you come across a book so special that you can't help recommending it to every person you know—family, friends, random passerby on the street, etc. This is one of those books. 

Set in a forest, the story features a group of animals that are all fascinated by one thing: a beautiful, pure-gold leaf. Each is determined to have it for itself, no matter what, even if that means fighting with their friends. In the end, the leaf is broken into pieces for each one, taking away from the natural beauty that made each one want it in the first place. 

The message of this story, complemented by stunning art (the gold leaf is real gold foil and stands out beautifully on each spread) is one that's more & more important to impart to young readers. To respect the natural world and to understand that having something for yourself takes away that beauty and love from everyone else, and could even change the nature of what you want to keep. It's a well-told story that is gentle and beautiful, and I guarantee you and your kids will happily pore over each page. 

June 2017

Community Partner Spotlight

We would like to acknowledge the benevolent support from the following foundations and companies who help us make a difference throughout our community. This month we'd like to thank the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundations and Renton Community Foundation/First Financial Northwest Foundation Fund for your donation to help fund our Book Up Summer program in schools across the greater Puget Sound region. We would also like to thank First Tech Federal Credit Union for your grant of $10,000 to help kids in need get the chance to read! This will give 238 at-risk youth brand new books of their very own. Thank you!


Book Fair Wrap-up

We just gave 166,656 new books to more than 13,888 children participating in our Book Up Summer program. It wouldn't have been possible without the generous support from the dedicated Principals, Teachers, Librarians, Literacy Coaches, staff and volunteers from our community. This April - June, we had 78 schools participating in our Book Up Summer book fairs across Washington State.

We would like to give a HUGE shout out of thanks to the 121 volunteers who helped Page Ahead hand out the new books at over 140 Book Fairs throughout the greater Puget Sound region. Our fearless helpers donated 452 hours of their time and skills throughout the Spokane, Grandview, Tacoma, Federal Way, Tukwila, Highline, Seattle, Marysville and Mount Vernon School Districts.

View photo gallery here


Teacher Testimony

"Big THANKS for the Page Ahead shopping experience. My students were vibrating with joy. I am so happy to see that I have created a love for books in my students and that you were able to help create this opportunity for them to read through the summer! You are wonderful!" - Courtney, Teacher at Union Gap School

“Thank you so much for providing my students with wonderful books to read. I teach the students who have the most difficulties reading in first grade. Often times these same children don't have books at home. They have been very excited about their new books and love to read them over & over to me.” Karol, Teacher at Valhalla Elementary School


Announcement

This month we celebrate our Book Program Manager, Jacki Crowther's 20th anniversary at Page Ahead! In 1997, our organization was called Books for Kids and was in it's infancy. Since then Jacki has been instrumental in making sure that more than 850,000 children in need received 2.8 million new books. She has also orchestrated our Families Read Workshops, our Story Time program and Reading Events. Thank you Jacki for your years of service that ensured a million children received a chance to read! What a truly remarkable achievement that very few can lay claim to. Congratulate Jacki


Call for Volunteers

Story Time Volunteers are needed to help Page Ahead bring the joy of reading to Preschool and Kindergarten children in need. Schools are located throughout Washington State. Interested? Please read the flyer and fill out the application.

Apply to Volunteer


Summer Reading

Reading with your child 15 minutes a day (minimum) is key for their future success. Here is our list of recommended children's books for your summer reading: Ages 3 – 9

Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth by Jarvis
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Little Elliot, Big Family by Mike Curato
Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn and Rosalind Beardshaw
Maybe a Bear Ate it! by Robie Harris and Michael Emberley
Moonshot by Brian Floca
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson
They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales
What! Cried Granny by Kate Lum and Adrian Johnson


May 2017

Partner Spotlight

This spring the Adobe Foundation awarded a grant to Page Ahead for $20,000 to help fund our Book Up Summer program. Page Ahead will be serving 13,888 kids in need across 20 counties in Washington State with the Book Up Summer program in 2017. Book Up Summer takes the research of Dr. Richard Allington, one of our nation’s leading literacy educators and researchers, and brings it to the students who need it most. Book Up Summer combats summer learning loss by giving kindergarten through second grade students from low income families the resources they need to keep up their reading over the summer months.  By eliminating summer learning loss, Book Up Summer has the potential to dramatically narrow the achievement gap between affluent and non-affluent students. We'd like to thank the Adobe Foundation for giving kids in need the chance to read!


Announcements

Page Ahead's "A Taste for Reading" benefit luncheon was a huge success! The Four Seasons Hotel ballroom was packed to capacity with more than 350 parents, educators, community stakeholders, and business leaders from our region. We are pleased to announce we surpassed our goal and raised $215,000 to give students in need the opportunity to read all summer long. The highlight of the event was the performance of "How I Became a Pirate" by third graders from Madrona Elementary. Special thanks to our superb Master of Ceremonies, Paul Dudley, and our inspiring speakers: Kris Kleinsmith, Drego Little and Darby DuComb. Thank you! See you next year!

View our photo gallery

Give Big 2017

Thank you to everyone who donated for Give Big 2017. The total amount we received was $18,755, which included a surprise gift from the Seattle Foundation of $2,500 for the Dollars for Change drawing. This special award was in large part due to a donation instigated by Page Ahead volunteer Seana Vissotzky. These generous donations will help give new books to kids in need across Washington State. Thank you!


Call for Volunteers

It's that time of year when the elementary school children we serve select their new books! We are looking for eager volunteers to help at the book fairs. Shifts needed: 1 - 3 hours to help children select their new books. Help for one hour or multiple days, totally up to you!
WHERE: Tacoma, Federal Way, Highline, Seattle, Mt Vernon school districts
WHEN: Now - June 16th
IMPORTANT: Book Fairs take place during school (weekday) hours.

To sign up as a Book Fair Volunteer, 

Sign-up here!


Book Review

By Nicole Banholzer - iRead Contributor

The Children's Garden by Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Pierr Morgan 
Ages 3 - 8

I think we're all eager for more sun & warm temperatures after a long, (very) rainy winter. "The Children's Garden: Growing Food in the City" perfectly bridges the gap while we wait for summer weather; one peek at the bright, vibrant art and kids will be clamoring to get outside and dig their hands in the dirt while soaking in the sunshine! 

This sweet picture book introduces kids to a basic understanding of urban farming and sustainability, and is based on the very real Children's Garden from Tilth Alliance in Seattle! A diverse group of kids gather to plant and nurture vegetables in their neighborhood garden, including planting seeds, watering plants, and even taking brief naps in the sunshine. This book is sure to be a colorful & enjoyable read-aloud! 


Teacher Testimony

"Thank you so much for providing my children with wonderful books to read.  I teach the students who have the most difficulties reading in first grade.  Often times these same children don't have books at home.  They have been very excited about their new books and love to read them over & over to me." - Karol, Teacher at Valhalla Elementary School

“Without your generosity, many of our students wouldn’t have books of their own, so you can be confident that you are making a difference in their lives.  The students are so delighted to receive them… it makes them so proud!” – Marla, Teacher at Sunrise Elementary


Community Partners

Moccasin Lake Foundation recently gave a grant to Page Ahead for $10,000 to help fund our Book Up Summer program. During the summer of 2016, more than 9,153 students received Book Up Summer and students between kindergarten and first grade outpaced students from other low-income schools, closing the reading gap by 77%. Thank you Moccasin Lake Foundation for supporting children's literacy in our community!


April 2017

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Book Up Summer

It's that time of year when our Book Up Summer students select their 12 brand new books! Page Ahead will be giving more than 166,000 new books to at-risk kids in May - early June at over 70 schools across Wasghinton. Thanks to the support of the Seattle City Council, and particularly the leadership of Councilman Tim Burgess, we are excited to announce that this year we've added 11 new schools in the Seattle School District, and are now serving every high-need school in Seattle!

Do you want to help the kids select their 12 new books? At our book fairs students grades K - 2, will each select 12 brand new, free-to-them books donated by Page Ahead, to take home to keep. For many of these at-risk children, this will be the first book they own. We are in need of volunteers to help at the book fairs with various tasks in schools across the greater Seattle region, Tacoma, Marysville and Spokane. Important: The book fairs occur during school weekday hours.

Volunteer tasks include helping the children select their 12 books, scan the books using an easy to operate register, restock shelves, help kids put a name plate sticker in their new books, help the kids count their books and put the books into their shopping bag. Do you want to be a book fair helper? Sign-up here!

You can view who we serve here: View the Map


Give Big 2017

This year the Seattle Foundation's fundraising event Give Big is on Wednesday, May 10th! Last year generous donors throughout our community donated $15,000 to Page Ahead. This year with the growing number of at-risk children our programs are focused to serve, our goal is to raise $20,000! We currently have a sponsor that will be matching up to $5,000 for all donations made during Give Big.

The Seattle Foundation has devoted the last year to ensuring a successful giving day for 2017. "Our goal is to have a giving day grounded on our shared principles of simplicity, stability and sustainability. We welcomed CiviCore as our new technology partner following a thorough vetting of its capabilities, supporting infrastructure, customer service and contingency planning." To streamline an easier donation process, as of April 27th Page Ahead supporters will be able to schedule their donation on the Give Big website.


National Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Month, when we celebrate the work that volunteers do year-round. A HUGE "Thank You" to all of our Page Ahead Volunteers! We are a small staff of five and could not function without the dedication and support we receive every week from our volunteers. Thank you!

This past year we have had 86 office volunteers contribute 1,620 hours of their time and efforts to help our organization flourish. From sorting book donations, to making crafts for our Story Time program, to processing data entry, they are a valuable asset to our team. In addition, our 191 volunteers in the field contributed 3,352 hours of their time reading to kids at schools across our state, holding book drives, being book fair helpers and serving as our 13 Board of Directors.

It is vibrantly clear that our volunteers are incredibly invested in helping kids in need succeed with reading. Our programs could not provide many of our services without your help. Thank you Page Ahead Volunteers for helping us to achieve our mission to provide new books and reading activities that empower at-risk children.


This April 23rd is World Book Day

You can support local kids in need by purchasing books at the Amazon Bookstore in University Village, April 17th - 23rd. These book purchases will be given to Page Ahead, and will go towards providing summer reading for children who don't have access to books throughout the summer months.


Board Nominations Now Open

Page Ahead is now accepting nominations to our Board of Directors. Board members provide the leadership and vision needed to help Page Ahead close the literacy achievement gap in Washington.  The board term would begin September 1, and the initial term is for three years (with yearly renewals possible for another three).  Board meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at noon.  To learn more (including how to nominate or apply yourself) please visit: Page Ahead Board Of Directors or reach out to info@pageahead.org with your questions.  Thank you!


March 2017

Peer to Peer

What takes under five minutes to create but lasts a lifetime? Your very own fundraising page for Page Ahead! Create your own fundraising page on Crowdrise today to give books to kids in need! Whether your group is a business, alumni association, student or youth group, a faith-based organization, or simply a group of neighbors helping neighbors, Page Ahead’s charity profile is a great team-building tool that will work for you. It's an easy, efficient and FUN way to donate to Page Ahead. Get started now! See more at: Support Page Ahead Online


Mission in Action

Here at the office we are busy getting ready for our Book Up Summer book fairs. This month is full of collaboration with our 75 participating schools who have over 13,888 kids waiting to select their 166,000 new books from Page Ahead. Including 11 new schools in the Seattle School District and 8 in the Spokane area. You can view the map here to see what schools we are serving with this valuable program.

Between the rain and timid sunshine, our front door sees a steady stream of our amazing Story Time Volunteers. They breeze through for their new Story Time kit of books and crafts to share with their classroom of eager readers. We have 51 dedicated Story Time volunteers that read to kids every month. These children, between the ages 3 - 6, are primarily from low income homes. Many of our volunteers read to more than one classroom and a few go once a week. We are incredibly grateful for their time and enthusiasm that they bring to this program.


Book Review


By Nicole Banholzer - iRead Contributor

"Uni the Unicorn" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Illustrated by Brigette Barrager
Ages 4 - 8 years

Everyone knows the story of the little girl or boy who believes in unicorns—but what about the story of the little unicorn who believes in children? Enter: Uni the Unicorn.
This story is beyond charming, and takes a well-known children's story and turns it on its head - a move that is sure to delight young readers! Barrager's artwork in here is just what you'd want for a book about unicorns: colorful, sweet, and adorable. It's a quick read, and kids who clamor for more after the last page will be delighted to discover the newly published sequel, Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a tour de force in children's books, and you simply can't go wrong with a single one of her more than 20 published works. Her stories always ensure a positive, warm, funny, and beautiful reading experience, and Uni the Unicorn is exactly that.

Editor's Note: It is with a heavy heart that we report of Amy Krouse Rosenthal's passing earlier this month at the age of 51. This book, along with several others grace our shelves as titles we offer our young readers. We are very grateful for Amy and Brigette's work to bring us such unique stories. We send our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.


Women's History Month

Our friends at Scholastic have created a list of book titles to celebrate Women's History Month. From Harriet Tubman to Amelia Earhart, readers can discover women who shaped history.


February 2017

Community Partner

A HUGE Thank you to the Porsche Club of America Pacific Northwest Region for donating your 2017 banquet raffle proceeds to Page Ahead! We are beyond thrilled that you have supported Page Ahead's work for the past 10 years. To date Porsche PNWR members have donated $18,645 to support children's literacy. Thank you so much for continuing to be our advocate Diane. "We still believe that children who know how to read well will grow up to be successful and buy Porsche's!" - M


Teacher Viewpoint

“The Parents are excited about the books they are receiving from Page Ahead for the new Story Leader program. One parent told me that her child came home excited to have received a book and wanted to read it to her. So far, all feedback I have received from parents has been positive. A lot of the families that we serve do not have a lot of experience with various reading techniques and lack many resources, this making the purchase of children's books low on their list of priorities. I believe that they truly appreciate the gift of books and find the time spent sharing them with their children a very rewarding experience.” – Teacher, Kettle Falls Headstart


Announcements

March 2nd is Read Across America Day, a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually, aka Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Mark it on your calendar to read your favorite Dr. Seuss book. Here is a list of the top ten classics to enjoy on the day: Top 10 List


Mission in Action

Our newest program Story Leaders is currently in pilot, serving approximately 750 children, ages 3 - 4 and families through our partnership with seven early learning centers across Washington. The method behind Story Leaders is shared reading. Shared reading is an interactive strategy proven to increase language development and kindergarten readiness. Shared Reading stimulates young students to think about, understand, and retain the vocabulary, text, and content in books. This strategy enables students to take a more active role in the reading, substantially increasing their early reading skills. The final piece of Story Leaders is the access to books. After parents and teachers choose eight books, each book will be assigned a month. During that month, the teacher will read the book three times to small groups using shared reading techniques. At the end of the month, each student will bring that book home to keep and read forever.


In the News

Page Ahead Executive Director is featured in the Ballard Bulletin in their Member Spotlight. Read more...


January 2017

Announcement

We'd like to welcome our newest Page Ahead staff member, Julie Delano, who has taken on the role of Development Manager. Julie has over 20 years of non-profit development experience. She graduated from Western Oregon State University in 1992 earning her Bachelor of Science in Communications. She has extensive work in all areas of fund development such as: events, grants, individual and major giving, direct mail and planned giving. Most of her non-profit work has focused on children and animals for local, regional and national organizations. She is passionate about the impact and importance that early childhood literacy has on the preparedness for a childs success in life.

Book Review

by Nicole Banholzer - iRead Contributor

School's First Day of School Written by Adam Rex; Illustrated by Christian Robinson
4-8 years
This book deserves straight A's! A wonderful collaboration between kid lit superstars Adam Rex (the hilarious author behind the Smek series and the recent XO, OX) and Christian Robinson (who won the Caldecott for Last Stop on Market Street), School's First Day of School tells the age-old story of first day jitters - except this time, it's the school, not the kids who are nervous! 

Will the kids like it? Will the classrooms be clean & orderly? How about recess - will the students enjoy the playground? These are just a few of the anxieties the brand-new school has when it opens up its doors to a crowd of energetic students. The school's voice is witty and will induce countless laughs from young readers & parents alike, and Robinson's colorful artwork is the perfect complement. No matter what the time of year, this book is a guaranteed hit! 


Volunteer Viewpoint

Page Ahead Story Time Volunteer Mike Rose is enjoying his second year reading to the kids of Hazel Valley Elementary. "Love those kids. It is the coolest thing I have ever done. Hugs, high fives and fist bumps from everyone and, 'Mr. Rose...!' this and 'Mr. Rose...!' that. Such fun. I could spend all day there. The coolest thing happened this last time I was at the school. When they move the kids from the playground to the classroom and vise versa, they line them up and they march down the hall in one long line. As I was walking towards my new classroom to do my Story Time, the students I had read to last year were returning from recess. A couple of kids saw me, yelled out my name, 'Mr. Rose!', and broke ranks running to give me a hug. Before you knew it about four other kids did the same thing. The teacher was looking at this and I could just read her mind...'What is going on here?' She had no idea as to who I was. I just smiled at her and said, 'Oh, they're just family'."


Holiday Generosity

Thank you for making December merry & bright for kids in need!


December 2016

What's the Most Important Book in the World?

The one you give! We are in need of your help to give new books to students from low income families, allowing them to begin building home libraries to enjoy during the summer months when access to books is so crucial. Just $47 gives a whole summer of reading to a child in need. In 2017 Page Ahead will be serving an estimated 22,750 children from low income families. We need your help to buy books for children to keep and read. Studies have shown that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important indicators of future academic success. Please make your gift today. Thank you!


Partner Spotlight - The Boeing Company

Page Ahead is proud to be the featured nonprofit this month in the “Our Partners” section of the Boeing in Washington webpage.  Check it out!


2016 Accomplishments

Page Ahead provided 18,319 students from low income families with 139,366 new books! Read our Year End Report here.


Volunteer Appreciation Party

Did you volunteer for Page Ahead in 2016? Then you are invited to join us for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Potluck Lunch, Tuesday January 17th, 2017 from 12:00p - 1:30p
Where: Page Ahead Office (map)
RSVP here!
(RSVP by January 9th)



You did it!

Thanks to everyone who voted for Page Ahead in the FirstTech Federal Credit Union Season of Giving contest. 

Because of you--Page Ahead will receive a total of $25,000!


More importantly--more than 532 students are going to get to choose awesome new books to keep and read this summer. We can't think of a better gift.

Thank you!

Holiday Book Drives

During this giving season we are delighted our friends at University Book Store, The Elliot Bay Book Company and Barnes & Noble have chosen to put new books in the hands of kids who need them.Select locations will be collecting new books for Page Ahead. Stop by to complete your holiday shopping and support their efforts to give kids in need the chance to read!

University Book Store November 23rd - December 31st 2016: U District, Bellevue, and Mill Creek
Elliot Bay Book Company November 24th - January 1st 2017: Seattle
Barnes & Noble November 1st 2016 - January 1st 2017: Pacific Place  6th & Pine, Seattle


Happy Holidays

Sending you warm wishes for a holiday season filled with loved ones and good books! "Thank you for the 12 books! I'm real good at reading now. I'm so good I can't believe it!" - Emma, Lake Grove Elementary
Artwork by Kat Chen

 


November 2016

Holiday Giving Ideas

Having a holiday party? Not sure what to ask guests to bring? Wine, cheese, white elephant gifts? Instead you could ask your guests to make a gift to Page Ahead. It's the gift that keeps on giving! Only $47 gives a summer reading library to a child in need.
Share our donation link in your holiday greetings & e-vites! Thank you, and Happy Holidays!


First Tech Federal Credit Union

Page Ahead is in the running for up to $15,000 in the First Tech Federal Credit Union Season of Giving Challenge. 

  1. Vote for Page Ahead on your work computer. Then get out your smartphone and do it again. If you have a home computer/tablet/etc, go home and do it again. You can vote once PER DEVICE, per browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge).
  2. Ask your friends and family to vote.

Share our posts on social media to encourage voting!

We could give summer reading libraries to 320 kids in need.  That’s a whole school!

We promise it is the easiest thing you'll do today.  Last chance to vote = November 30th.  


Holiday Book Drives

During this giving season we are delighted our friends at University Book Store, The Elliot Bay Book Company and Barnes & Noble have chosen to put new books in the hands of kids who need them.Select locations will be collecting new books for Page Ahead. Stop by to complete your holiday shopping and support their efforts to give kids in need the chance to read!

University Book Store November 23rd - December 31st 2016: U District, Bellevue, and Mill Creek
Elliot Bay Book Company November 24th - January 1st 2017: Seattle
Barnes & Noble November 1st 2016 - January 1st 2017: Pacific Place  6th & Pine, Seattle


Give Christmas in July

What's the most important book in the world? The one you give. We are in need of your help to give new books to students from low-income families, allowing them to begin building home libraries to enjoy during the summer months when access to books is so crucial. Just $47 gives a whole summer of reading to a child in need. 

"Thank you for the books. I love it. It's very inportant to me. I read it every day. And every day I learn things from these books."

Sincerely, Marina - Mirror Lake 


Teacher Viewpoint

"The immediate impact of these 12 books was not only seen on the children’s faces, but also repeatedly exclaimed by the students in their final few days as kindergarteners. They are already looking forward to doing it again next year and we can’t wait to see the next group of kindergarteners participate as well." 

Mr. W,  Washington Elementary, Mt. Vernon



October 2016

Partner Spotlight

First Tech Credit Union has selected Page Ahead to participate in their Dream Big promotion. Watch for an email on Nov 1st to learn how you can help us win $15,000!


Day of Caring & Connecting


September was a month of our neighbors giving back to the community. On September 23rd more than 100 volunteers from across the Puget Sound took time off work to read with some of the students Page Ahead serves. The children in the kindergarten classrooms at Delong Elementary in Tacoma, Hawthorne Elementary in Seattle and another Hawthorne in Everett were able to select their new book and have a volunteer read it to them. We'd like to give a heartfelt thank you to all the fantastic volunteers from these amazing companies: Boeing, YMCA Snohomish County, Microsoft, 1st Security Bank, Adobe, Capital One, Perkins Coie, Physio-Control, Tableau Software, WE Communications, Sound Credit Union and Tacoma School of The Arts. Read: Everett Herald article

EY Connects


On September 30th, more than 28 Ernst & Young employees spent the morning reading with the four kindergarten classrooms at Beverly Park Elementary. Each student was able to select from 158 new books, provided by Page Ahead, and have an EY employee read to them. Reading events like these are a special time for the kids. Not only do they get to pick out the book they want, they have a friendly adult read to them one on one. You can see it in the students smiles that this makes them feel very special and valued. The cherry on top is that the students get to keep the books. Thank you Ernst & Young for reading to the kids at Beverly Park! View: Photo Gallery


Community


Do you shop at Fred Meyer or QFC? In one easy step you can link your rewards card to Page Ahead and support children's literacy in our region. Every time you shop at a Fred Meyer or QFC, they will match a portion of your purchase and donate it to kids in need. Sign up here


Book Review
by Nicole Banholzer - iRead Contributor

Dear Yeti by James Kwan

Ages 4-7

If you're in need of a charming yet quirky new story to read to your little ones, look no further than this gem of a book! Kwan's debut shares the story of two intrepid young hikers who are determined to find a Yeti. Their plans quickly go awry when they encounter a blizzard and lose their way and their supplies...but it turns out that someone's been looking out for them the whole time (a certain large, furry someone they've been looking for...). Kids will delight in the many twists of the story, as they follow along the notes the boys leave for Yeti while also seeing Yeti peering out from behind trees and watching out for the boys on their trek. This story is sweet and inventive, and highly recommended! 


Volunteer Spotlight


Page Ahead welcomes Binoy Sanya, Emma Kazaryan, Erik Logan, and Shubha Pratiwadibhayankar to our Board of Directors.


Fall is Workplace Giving Time


Many workplace campaigns allow you to designate Page Ahead as your charity of choice. Below are some of the campaigns we participate in. Many independent businesses also offer opportunities for payroll deductions and matching gifts. Usually through the United Way (you can write in Page Ahead).

  • Combined Fund Drive (CFD) - State of Washington employees: Charity ID #0315741
  • Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) – Employees of federal agencies in Washington State: Charity ID #47136
  • Employee Giving Program (EGP) – King County employees: Charity ID #2751

A. Choose Page Ahead on your giving form!
B. Invite Page Ahead to speak at a campaign kickoff or team meeting
C. Hold a workplace fundraiser or drive. Need ideas? Click here! 


Rave's & Reviews


" I love children and I love books. I believe the long range benefit of opening a world of possibilities to young minds through reading, is immeasurable! My best - K "