December 2023 newsletter

Season of Giving, bedtime story, happy holidays!

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First Tech’s Season of Giving: You did it!

Your nominations helped power us to victory in the First Tech Season of Giving contest. Hooray! Because of your stellar efforts, Page Ahead will be receiving a $10,000 grant from our friends at First Tech Federal Credit Union.

This grant will build home libraries of 12 books each for 200 students—that’s 2,400 brand-new books on kids’ shelves that weren’t there before. That’s the equivalent of building home libraries for every single kindergartner, first grader, and second grader at a school like Madrona Elementary in Sea-Tac!

Thank you to our community of supporters and champions of children’s literacy! And, especially to First Tech!

What your support makes possible: preschool reading

We recently shipped copies of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Snowy Day, and Giraffes Can’t Dance to 1,778 preschoolers across Washington 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.

No child should have to grow up without a bedtime story

Books are learning’s most important tool. They are also one of life’s great pleasures. No child should have to grow up without books to read at bedtime. With your help, they don’t have to. Please make a gift today. Students like Stephanie are counting on you!

Holiday book shopping

During this giving season, we are delighted that our friends at Edmonds Bookshop are making it extra simple for anyone to put new books in the hands of kids who need them. Stop by Edmonds Bookshop between December 18 – 22 to complete your holiday shopping and support their efforts to give kids in need the chance to read!

Airway Heights Reading Event

A huge round of applause to the wonderful volunteers who read to the 100+ kids at Sunset Elementary. We had a fantastic crew of volunteers from AgWest Farm Credit, who had also decorated bookmarks for each student. These fantastic adults brought the magic of storytelling to life. Thank you for turning reading into a super fun adventure for the students! They loved selecting a new book to keep, and they especially loved reading with you all.  You’re all superheroes in our book!

All of us at Page Ahead send warm holiday wishes to you – 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 2023. What a wonderful gift—thank you!

Page Ahead staff, clockwise from top left: Stacey, Susan and Lisa.

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