Literacy Partners is one of the non-profit organizations chosen to participate in a holiday challenge by Newman’s Own Foundation. It’s easy – all you have to do is set up a profile on our Crowdrise campaign, share your support of our work, and inspire your friends to give – to support Literacy Partners. Each and every donation, no matter the size, puts Literacy Partners in the running for the $150,000 grand prize.
Courtney Corleto, a Literacy Partners board member, is the captain of our team for the holiday challenge. We spoke with Courtney about her connection to literacy, and what her goals for the challenge were.
Tell us about your connection to literacy. Do you love to read? Do you have a personal connection with the issue?
I am very interested in early childhood, and how parental interaction with children can change family outcomes. What interests me about the evolution of Literacy Partners is the focus on the multi-generational approach to literacy. When parents have access to both education and books, they can set up their own families for long-term success. Although I don’t get the chance to sit down with a good adult book as often as I would like, I love spending time reading to and with my children.
What is your connection to family reading? What are your children’s favorite books?
As a family, we have a lot of different books we love to read together, like The Rainbow Fish, Giraffes Can’t Dance and ONE. We love to read picture books with positive messages about friendship and inclusion. My older two are now reading to learn, while my younger daughter is just beginning her reading journey!
Why are you joining the Newman’s Campaign, and what do you hope to achieve?
I believe that every donation matters, and any amount given makes a difference. The Newman’s campaign is an easy and accessible way to give back to the organization. We want more people to know about the important work we do at Literacy Partners.
What do you believe, based on your experience, is an important takeaway to give people about Literacy Partners and our work?
I believe the strength of Literacy Partners is its multi-generational approach. Reading in the home has been proven to drastically change a family’s educational outcomes. Our students’ practice pays for itself in time – through their dedication and access to books, which we provide. Our students are in control of setting themselves and their families up for success. It’s empowering.
How would you describe Literacy Partners in three words?
Empowering, dynamic, and nurturing.
If you join Courtney and we work together, we can ensure that our students have all the resources they need to succeed and can make the progress that is only possible with your support. If you’re interested in joining our team, sign up here and we’ll get back to you with more information. You can also sign up or make a gift directly on our campaign page. Our students thank you in advance!