Literacy Love: Contribute to READ 718’s Indiegogo Campaign!

With all the madness of launching our very first Indiegogo campaign, we forgot to share the big news for literacy on our blog!  Friends, READ 718 has an Indiegogo campaign. In our defense, many of you follow us on twitter and Facebook; many of you have already contributed to the cause.  In fact, we are already 77 donors in with upwards of $10,000 (happily upwards!) to show for it.  The goal is $20,o00, so we have a long way to go, but man it's a good Thursday.  All that love.  All that support.  We can't not be thrilled.  Thank you.   &nbs...

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Literacy Cookies at Marymount’s READ 718 Bake Sale!

Many thanks to the young ladies at Marymount who made literacy a priority this afternoon by hosting a bake sale in READ 718's honor.   What's made of butter and sugar and still happens to be good for you? That's right: literacy cookies. Not only are they proven to do a body good (the heart and the spirit, to be exact), but they've also been proven to have a positive effect on the community. Why? Because with these homemade cookies, the world changers at Marymount were able to raise $1,000 to support Brooklyn's low-income kiddos who are reading below grade ...

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4 Reading Comprehension Strategies for Third Grade (and Beyond!)

READ 718's best-loved "fix-up strategies" for struggling young readers  Although the title suggests these reading strategies are geared toward third graders, you best believe that "and beyond!" was not placed there as an afterthought. These four tactics for improved reading comprehension will be useful to any struggling reader, be that reader a fourth grader, middle schooler, or high schooler.  Third grade is simply when kids are really starting to get the hang of this whole reading thing; it's when literacy instruction has officially moved past word identif...

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Brooklyn READer: Meet 9-year-old Raven, Early Owl and Butterfly at Heart

Young Brooklyn READer, Raven, discusses why she won't be reading Harry Potter, what she likes to (literally) see in a book, and her enduring love of comedy.   Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, in the mere seconds after Raven comes dancing through the literacy center's front door, the room's energy has already begun to shift.   Positive ions shoot from her fingertips. Playful, enthusiastic, hard-working Raven Mercedes has a way of charging any space she waltzes into with a kind of kinetic energy.  (The frequent dancing helps, though it is only ...

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Breaking: Brooklyn Non-Profit News

For friends, educators, teachers, future volunteers and current volunteers!   Check out Brooklyn's new non-profit community literacy center! READ 718’s doors are officially open! And we’ve got the red and black READ 718 stencil on the storefront window to prove it.   Two months ago, the brown paper came off the windows. Ever since, READ 718 has positively hummed with close word study, tutor read-alouds, and one-on-one literacy instruction. Hear that? That is the sound of children becoming stronger readers.     READ 718's ...

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Volunteer Brooklyn: Meet Samuel Pierre, Volunteer Extraordinaire

READ 718's volunteers are special. READ 718 boasts one talented crew of literacy tutors. On any given Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, you'll find 420 Atlantic Avenue alive with educators who've chosen to spend their free time in Brooklyn, administering one-on-one reading instruction to the low-income kids who need it most. If our kids are at the heart of what READ 718 does, then our dedicated tutors make up the soul. And what does READ 718 do, exactly? We're glad you asked!  We've made it our mission to infuse a love of reading into Brooklyn's struggling young readers. ...

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Thank You, Whole Foods

  READ 718 would like to give a big shoutout of thanks to Whole Foods for their generous donation of after-school snacks to our little Brooklyn reading center!  As a nonprofit that offers literacy instruction to low-income Brooklyn kids, we really could not be more grateful to have these Back to Nature Crisp Cheddar Crackers and Annie's Bunny Grahams to reach for come snack-time.  There is much debate among our younger readers and volunteers as to which snack is tastiest.  Our 4th graders are especially into the cheesiness of the Crispy Cheddar ...

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Next Literacy Tutor Orientations: January 11, 4:00-5:00 PM and January 27, 6:30-7:30 PM

After filling out a volunteer tutor application online, please join us for an orientation. You will learn about the READ 718 program, find out more details about tutor requirements, and have the opportunity to ask questions. If you would like to attend on either January 11 from 4:00-5:00 PM or January 27 from 6:30-7:30 PM, please email emily@read718.org. Orientations are held at READ 718 at 420 Atlantic Avenue. Hope to see you there!

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Session 1, January 13-March 26

Tutoring begins on January 13 -- Tuesdays and Thursdays from either 3:00-4:30 or 4:30-6:00 PM. Register today! Please fill out registration form which can be found on our home page or email emily@read718.org.

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Tutor Training Workshops, January 3 and 5

The first tutor training sessions will be on Saturday, January 3 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and Monday, January 5 from 5:30-8:30 PM. If you have attended an orientation and have been invited to become a READ 718 tutor, you must attend one training workshop before tutoring begins. You will learn the basics about literacy instruction and about our program, and you will receive guidelines for working with children. Looking forward to it!

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