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Katie Herrick writes:

Welcome Artem Tretiakov to the RBBB Governing Board!

Join us in welcoming our newest Read Better Be Better (RBBB) Governing Board member, Artem Tretiakov! Artem joined RBBB in 2014, before we had even run our first pilot. Since then, Artem has continued to provide wise and diligent counsel – designing budgets, verifying financial processes, assisting with audits, and generally taking care to make […]

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Dr. Dave writes:

What I Learned from Fundraising in a Pandemic

Read the blog on YNPN’s website!   By Molly Smithwick, RBBB Fundraising Coordinator Friday the 13th of March 2020 turned out to be the kind of shitty day that ominous date infamously insinuates. I had only been a fundraiser for nine months, a baby just born, still learning to hold her head up—crawling not in […]

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Wendy White writes:

Reading Through the Pandemic

How partnerships between local public schools and a nonprofit literacy organization are galvanizing more students, and their families, to read Written by Wendy White, RBBB Advocate, in collaboration with Dr. Betsy Hargrove, Avondale Elementary School District Superintendent, and Dawn Wallace, Vice President of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership and RBBB Governing Board Member — What happens […]

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Sophie Etchart writes:

Letter from the CEO 2019-2020

*Our 2019-2020 Annual Report is out! Give it a read by clicking here.   Read Better Be Better turned five this year. Now, I was not entirely sure which species would describe 5 as being of maturity, however, a quick Google search says it’s the echidna, which I would have bet was a type of […]

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Wendy White writes:

Our Community of Support: A Snapshot

In October 2020, Read Better Be Better held its first online Fall Fundraiser to support our literacy and leadership program which, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has transitioned from our traditional after-school format to an at-home version. The response to our fundraiser was overwhelming and, thanks to our supporters, over $31,000 was raised in just […]

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Wendy White writes:

Educators: We see you. We support you. And we thank you.

This year has been like no other. For Arizona educators, the obstacles began in March 2020, when all schools in the state were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With no federal guidelines provided to the states from the U.S. Department of Education, at a moment’s notice the Arizona Department of Education, district administrators, and […]

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Katie Herrick writes:

Read Better Be Better Awarded $1,500 from Masonic Charities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 29th, 2020   PHOENIX, AZ. – A Phoenix-based 501(c)(3), Read Better Be Better (RBBB), was awarded $1,5000 from Masonic Charities for its after-school reading comprehension program. In an effort to support the 62 schools and 10 districts that Read Better Be Better partners with during the COVID-19 global pandemic, RBBB has […]

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Katie Herrick writes:

Read Better Be Better Awarded $5,000 from Cycle Two of the United for the Valley Arizona COVID-19 Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18th, 2020 PHOENIX, AZ. – A Phoenix-based 501(c)(3), Read Better Be Better (RBBB), was awarded $5,000 from Cycle Two of the United for the Valley Arizona COVID-19 Fund (UVCF) for their Read Better Be Better At Home programming. Funding for RBBB programming is crucial in this moment, as the learning of […]

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Katie Herrick writes:

The Importance of Word-of-Mouth in the Digital Age

September 10th, 2020 In today’s digital age of #socialdistancing, word-of-mouth may seem like the least effective method of finding new donors. This, however, is not true—and we have proof! Adam Arkfeld, President and Founder of ParaCore—a digital marketing agency—has been doing business with Bob Figular, President of Mariners Learning System—an online Coast Guard approved Captain’s licensing school—for several years. Looking for a way to give back to ParaCore for their incredible […]

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Katie Herrick writes:

Read Better Be Better Gifted 1,500 Summer Bundles from Arizona Central in Collaboration with USA Today, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the Smithsonian Institute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 25, 2020    PHOENIX, AZ. – A Phoenix-based 501(c)(3), Read Better Be Better (RBBB), was gifted 1,500 summer bundles—Arizona Central newspapers and Smithsonian Summer Road Trip At-Home K-8 activity guides—from Arizona Central in collaboration with USA Today, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the Smithsonian Institute for inclusion in the nonprofit’s Family Literacy Kits.     To prevent reading regression during the COVID-19 global pandemic, RBBB created and distributed their Family Literacy Kits to all […]

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