September 2023 newsletter

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We Celebrate literacy month at local HPB bookstores

There’s still time! This month, join Half Price Books in helping local kids in need get the chance to read.

Shop at Half Price Books in September to support Page Ahead! Donate your change to make change in your community. Give at the coin box located at the registers at your local Half Price Books stores.

Shop for a cause

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. Our code is RA365. Sign up here!

Welcome, new board members!

Page Ahead welcomes Kartik Kanakasabesanand and Rudmila Rahmanto our board of directors

Kartik Kanakasabesan is a Principal PM Manager at Microsoft where he has worked at since moving to Seattle in 2016. Kartik has an MBA from the University of Toronto. Kartik has had an international upbringing throughout his childhood and adulthood. Throughout his life he has lived in different countries around the world. He has seen first-hand how proper nutrition and reading skills can impact a child’s trajectory in life in a positive way. Kartik understands the importance of being a part of and serving the community around him. 

Rudmila Rahman is currently at Amazon on the Corporate Development team where her role involves leading partnerships and investments to provide new financial products to customers and sellers on Prior to this role, she held leadership roles in corporate strategy, M&A and partnerships teams at both F500 companies like Barclays Bank and MetLife, and also a fintech startup OnDeck Capital. She began her career at The World Bank working in development economics and financing in South Asia. Having been raised by parents who are educators with a household full of books, Rudmila is passionate about childrens’ education and equity. She is excited by Page Ahead’s approach and dedication to making reading so accessible!

We would also like to thank our dedicated departing board member: 

Daniel Frankel for his years of service.

Your time, efforts, and leadership helped kids in need to succeed in their academic endeavors.

What your support makes possible: preschool reading

This week we began shipping hundreds of copies of Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Lola Reads to Leo, and Please, Mr. Panda to our preschool partner sites as part of our Story Leaders program. Teachers read each book using shared-reading techniques we train them in, and kids get copies of each book to take home! Learn more here.

Plan a holiday book drive

Thank you to our friends at Stryker who held an amazing book drive last year—and are at it again this year!

Hosting a book drive to benefit the kids Page Ahead serves is a great way for your company, corporate team, or even a group like an extended family or book club to celebrate the spirit of giving AND make a difference in a child’s life. 

Learn more about this great opportunity for giving back during the holidays—or anytime!—here.

Or, to make it even easier: Contact us!