Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute provides evidence-based programs that foster early literacy for kindergarten reading readiness and programs to build reading success during the first few years of school. Currently our programs reach more than 2,000 children from Aspen to Parachute. We provide a weekly book bag to the home of every child, and we help parents learn new skills to expand their child's early literacy development and reading success at home.
Our mission is to foster early literacy development and ensure that every child from Aspen to Parachute acquires a love of books and the skills to become a successful reader.
DID YOU KNOW: CUMULATIVELY, 50,000 TIMES LAST YEAR, A RAISING A READER BOOK BAG WAS HANDED TO A CHILD ALONG THE ASPEN TO PARACHUTE CORRIDOR?
RAISING A READER ENTERS KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE CLASSROOMS! Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute is now helping Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms foster reading success. Book bags contain read-aloud titles AND first-reader books. Parents learn how to help with the learn-to-read process and are reminded that reading aloud is still important in the K-1 years. Our pilot program begins in Parachute this month.
PLEASE WELCOME OUR NEW STAFF-
Lorena Silva, our new Bilingual Program Coordinator, will facilitate Family Literacy Events for Spanish-speaking families and will coordinate our Outreach programs.
Kate Gazunis is our development team as our first-ever, dedicated Grant Writer.
Danika Davis started with us earlier this summer as Program Coordinator for all Raising A Reader activities from Aspen to Carbondale.
CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - If you are not currently reading monthly in a classroom, you are missing a fun and rewarding experience. Call us to learn how you can become a classroom reader.
75 BOOKS TO READ BY AGE 5 - Check out this great list of recommended books. Thanks to Garfield County Libraries for compiling this list.