News 2008

Share Literacy receives a fourth grant from Kaiser Permanente to support Northern California programs

Our very grateful thanks to Kaiser Permanente Community Grants Program for their fourth year of support and for their very generous grant in December 2008 of $90,000.00 to help us provide books and Home Literacy Kits to children and their families in Northern California and provide professional development training for their teachers.

This new grant arrived in time to enable us to donate books to more than 10,000 underserved Bay Area children for the 2008 holiday season!

Share Literacy volunteer, Mimi Sommers Share volunteer Mimi Sommers wraps holiday gifts for homeless children during the 2008 Holiday Give-Away program, supported by a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Grants Program.
East Palo Alto (CA) student sorting gift books
East Palo Alto (CA) student sorting gift books for the 2008 Holiday Give-Away program. The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) helped to distribute these books to over 250 school children.

Article on Kaiser Permanente Grant in December 2008 (1.5 MB pdf).
Article on Kaiser Permanente Grant and programs (268 KB pdf).

Police Officers and Firefighters read Hoopoe Books to Children During
Read-Along Events in 2008

Police Officer reads to children
Oakland (CA)  Police Department Officer Nadia Clark (left) and Officer Nate Brooks discuss the Hoopoe book The Man and the Fox at a November 20th book read-along with Oakland Head Start children at the West Grand site. Police officers and firefighters visited the youngsters at a Hoopoe Books Share Literacy event to help them learn the importance of good reading and thinking skills. Share Literacy was able to donate over 1,100 books and teacher materials to the Oakland Head Start program and we plan to provide another program this year thanks to a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Grants program, a grant from All Stars Helping Kids program and donations from our supporters.
—Photo by: Sentorya Dixon, City of Oakland Head Start Program
Officer Reads to classroom
May 19th reading of The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal by San Jose CA Police Officers Alejandro Paz (pictured) and Michael Villanueva to Ms. Shaughnessy’s 2nd Grade class in the Mildred Goss Elementary School, Alum Rock School District (ARUSD). The ARUSD received over 14,000 books from Hoopoe Share Literacy in 2008, also thanks to a grant from the Kaiser Permanente Community Grants program and our supporters. 



Click here to read an article from ElObservador on this event (776 KB pdf).


Hoopoe books given out at Glide Foundation’s After School program in San Francisco on August 15.
The event included a read-along event by firefighters and police officers. Click here to read an article from San Francisco Examiner.


Hoopoe Book Share Literacy Program at Marion Castro Elementary School featured in news segment on KDTV Univision 14

With the Hispanic student population approaching 50 per cent in Mountain View, California, the Hoopoe Book Share Literacy Program has been a timely addition to the curriculum of the Mountain View-Whisman School District. Grade 5 English language learners at the Marion Castro Elementary School were featured in a news segment on KDTV Univision 14, the San Francisco Bay Area's leading Spanish-language television station. Thanks to this year's grant from Kaiser Permanente, Hoopoe Books donated 2,339 books (one for every pre-kindergarten to grade 5 child) to the school district. (View Spanish Video Clip in Quicktime Movie MOV format or in Windows Media Video WMV format.)


Two Hoopoe Teaching-Stories Delight Youngsters at
Higher Horizons Day Care Center

Higher Horizon, Falls Church, VA: Hoopoe Share Literacy was able to provide two home literacy kits and curricula for The Farmer's Wife and The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water to 210 children and staff at the Higher Horizon Day Care Center this year. This was made possible through the support of The Will J. Reid Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Share Chapter, and Share Literacy donors. To see an article from the The McLean Connection on this program, click here.


Learning to Read and to Think is an article by James Cullum of the Fairfax County Times which features the strength of Hoopoe Teaching-Stories, click here.


Hoopoe Books Received by Children
in the RESA VIII Head Start Program in West Virginia

RESA VIII Head Start and Pre-K programs in Martinsburg WV: 450 children and staff received two sets of material this year thanks to The Will J. Reid Foundation and donations from Share Literacy donors. Tammy Ripple and Alia Roberts reading The Old Woman and the Eagle
Berkeley Heights School (WV) in the RESA VIII program: Teachers Tammy Ripple and Alia Roberts reading The Old Woman and the Eagle to the children in an April program. "It was fun to see the kids talking about the stories!" says Diane Ansari of RESA VIII.

Hoopoe Share Literacy & ACEE Provide Books
In Literacy Intervention Program

Lucy Read Pre-K receives copies of The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water
A graduating class from Lucy Read Pre-K receives copies of The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water. Looking on is Mary Ellen Isaacs, the director of the Americorps/ACEE program.

Austin, TX: Through the generous support of donors to the Hoopoe Books Share Literacy program, Share Literacy and our partner ACEE were able to provide a copy of The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water or The Farmer's Wife to children in the ACEE early literacy intervention program during the 2007-08 school year, and to over 150 parents who attended the parent literacy workshop series. (Read more...)

Houston's GCCSA Head Start
Benefits with Share Literacy Programs

Houston, TX: Thanks to a generous grant from The Will J. Reid Foundation and the support of Share Literacy donors, the Gulf Coast Community Services Association's (GCCSA) Head Start Program will participate in two programs in 2008 for their 2,000 children and over 200 staff. The first workshop for the teachers was held on March 14, 2008, for The Farmer's Wife with Susan Josephs presenting. The 2nd workshop is scheduled for later in 2008 for The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water.

2007 Holiday Give-Away

Thanks to a generous grant that arrived just in time last December and to other private donations, we were able to donate over 5000 books to families. To read more about this, click here.


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