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RAISING A READER - SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

WHAT IS RAISING A READER:

Raising a Reader is a national award-winning early childhood literacy program which helps families develop, practice and maintain home literacy routines.

The Raising a Reader program is managed locally by the SLO County Office of Education in pre-schools throughout our county, currently serving 45 sites providing preschool/early learning programs.

The Raising a Reader fund is held at and managed by The Community Foundation of SLO County.

Local donors (including The Monday Club) contribute to The Community Foundation, which then provides Raising a Reader funding to the County Office of Education.

HOW IT WORKS:

Raising a Reader in classrooms includes a teacher-parent meeting, introducing the families to the program and engaging them to support their child’s reading readiness and family “book cuddling,” creating brighter futures.

Additionally, the program provides ongoing support of literacy skill development, reinforced by topics such as healthy brain development, to participating teachers and families.

Raising a Reader book bags – containing 4 books – go home with each child every week, and are rotated each time so children and families see different books each week.

WHAT WE DO:

The Monday Club Raising a Reader Committee:

  • Raises money to donate $5,000 annually to The Community Foundation. Our donations are critical to the ongoing sustainability of the program in our county.
  • Holds up to 6 book drives annually for community members to donate new or “gently-loved” books:
    • Multicultural, in English, Spanish and Bilingual
    • For children from infancy to age 9 (3rd grade) - board books up to early reader chapter books
  • Gives books to families by coordinating with SLO County Food Bank to attend distribution sites throughout the county. Collections and donations have topped over 10,000 books since 2021!
  • Delivers books to multiple Food Pantries, ECHO Homeless Shelters, and other organizations serving families throughout the county.
  • Volunteers in Pre-K classrooms, reading to children and organizing book bags for distribution.
  • Prepares books and “stuffies” for delivery to local hospital pediatric wards.

    HOW CAN YOU HELP?

    • Donate new or gently used children’s books to our book drives
    • Make a cash donation (DONATE HERE) to support our mission.
      (Your donations to the Monday Club Raising a Reader Committee are tax deductible)
    • Support our See’s Candies Fundraisers online at Christmas and Easter.

    TMC LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

    Little Free Library is a nationwide nonprofit organization. It shares a vision with Raising a Reader: supporting community, expanding book access, and inspiring readers by encouraging all visitors to "Take a Book, Share a Book."

    The Monday Club's Little Free Library is located near our Andrews Street entrance, and is dedicated to Kelly Boland, a kindergarten teacher and lifelong lover of reading.

    DONATE TO RAISING A READER

    If you would like to make a donation to go directly to Raising a Reader, please fill use the form below, and choose Donation Category "Raising A Reader." 

    Thank you for your generosity! (The Monday Club Conservancy is a 501(c)3 Public Benefit Charitable Foundation, Tax ID 95-1679667.)

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