Author Archives: Linda Smith

The Power of the Reading Village Model

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Check out this 5-minute spot on KGNU’s Dot Org program, featuring our founder Linda Smith painting a picture of the power of Reading Village’s model for community development. 05-10-12_ReadingVillageDotOrg

Living on the Edge

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I was eager to connect with "Marco," one of our dynamic reading promoters, on my recent trip to Guatemala. Last November his father – out of the blue – asked him when he would be getting married. Marco is 17. He explained to his father that his studies were his priority. He has two more   …Continue Reading

Donations Matched Today!

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TODAY ONLY! (until midnight Eastern Time) Donations to Reading Village are being matched 30% — today only — when made on our GlobalGiving site. Our goal is to raise $10,000 today to bring our Leaders and Readers program to a new village in Guatemala. These funds will pay for high school scholarships and leadership training for   …Continue Reading

Donations Matched 30% on Wed, March 14

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"Today I had a very beautiful moment. I have always heard children asking for food or money, but for the first time in my life I saw a group of children ask for a story. And that, for me, is very significant" — Gael Dhaenens, Reading Village's new Community Facilitator in Guatemala. He couldn't have   …Continue Reading

Happy Holidays!

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As you celebrate the holidays I hope you’ll join me in raising a glass to our shared success in changing lives in real and meaningful ways: To Julio, Rosmery and Marcela who graduated from high school this year (a goal less than 10% of youth achieve), To Yeltsin who discovered his gift to teach, To   …Continue Reading

Make a Donation as a Holiday Gift

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It’s simple, meaningful and powerful. Buy your friends and family a gift that will change a child’s life forever. Donate any amount you like then print a card (below) to send to your loved ones.   $20 gives a Guatemalan child three hours of story time a week by a teen reading buddy for an entire   …Continue Reading

Thank you! And the winner is…

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  Thank you for helping us reach our goal!                                                       And the winner of the Amazon Kindle Fire is…

Beautiful Bookmarks

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What a lovely surprise! 32 colorful, handmade bookmarks turned up in the mail this weekend. They came from the generous hearts of fourth grade students at Temple Har Shalom’s Religious School. I didn’t even know they were doing this. Apparently they heard about Reading Village from our friends at the Good People Fund.  Vice Principal Joshua Greenbaum   …Continue Reading

Donations Matched on October 19!

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Donate HERE on October 19th And you could win a brand new Kindle Fire plus your donation will be matched 30% We now have 30 amazingly talented teen reading promoters gearing up for the new school year in January. Help fund their scholarships and we all win: 1. Everyone who donates $100 to Reading Village on our   …Continue Reading