Isn’t it remarkable how a simple phrase can have such an important meaning? Once upon a time … lets us know that a story is about to begin and we are embarking on a journey of imagination and wonder.
"I am so happy and grateful to have joined the mission of Book Trust and this extraordinary community of volunteers, teachers, parents, principals, education leaders, philanthropic trailblazers, and each of you who believes in the importance of providing every child the opportunity to experience the joy of reading and becoming a life-long learner."
In the fall of 2017, Book Trust set audacious goals for the upcoming school year – bringing our program to new communities, delving deeper into how and why our program works, and securing significant financial commitments to support this work in the current year and into the future.
It’s time to say a fond farewell to CEO Amy Friedman, who has been at the helm of Book Trust for over seven years. As was often our experience, Amy says it best – please enjoy her final blog post.
This month we’re featuring a special guest blog post from Book Trust’s Development Coordinator, Lily Melblom-Prosser.
It’s hard to believe that four short months ago, Book Trust was not a huge part of my life.
As human beings, we are constantly looking for ways to improve. It is in our nature to want to be a little better tomorrow than we are today. Whether it is becoming more efficient with our energy use, extending our life expectancy, or increasing literacy rates, we are all working to raise the bar.
The new year is a great time to reflect on beginnings, and how they can bring about change. As a mission-focused team, we’re always looking down the road to imagine how we’ll get from where we are today (53,000 students in 173 schools, in 21 states), to where we ultimately want to go – providing a truly significant percentage of America’s children who live in poverty a transformational opportunity to fall in love with reading and learning, and achieve their full potential.
When bedtime rolls around in our family, reading is part of the routine. Sometimes, my 9-year-old son reads independently. Sometimes, I grab my book and we read side by side. And, the best nights are when we read some of the oldies but goodies he chooses to keep on his bookshelf like Food Fight, Tickle Monster, or Spoon. These are the books that conjure up memories and make us laugh together.
Book Trust has seen significant growth in the last 18 months – nearly a 40% rise in the number of students served and an almost 35% increase in revenue.
Who loves a great challenge? You know - the kind that keeps your mind racing from one idea to another, sometimes waking you up at night or distracting you in the shower.