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Erin Ellis' Fundraiser:

25th Anniversary

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BENEFITING: Read Ahead

ORGANIZER: Read Ahead

Erin Ellis

THE STORY:

Why is Read Ahead’s work so important?

By pairing students with adult mentors who are genuinely interested in helping a student in a nearby school succeed, the program promotes sustainable relationships between the mentor and student mentee. It's much more than a literacy program.

Why are you passionate about Read Ahead?

I have loved reading and writing from a young age, so the idea of improving a child's reading immediately resonated with me.  Also, having grown up in many countries overseas, I had wonderful teachers but missed out on having a consistent adult role model at school. It wasn't until I moved to the U.S. and spent all 4 years of high school at one school, when I realized the importance of longevity in mentor-mentee relationships. Having a mentor who watched and helped me grow as a student and as a person was instrumental to many of the decisions I made as a young adult. Read Ahead facilitates this at a young age, so I can only imagine how beneficial the program may be for the mentees.

What has been the most rewarding part of volunteering?

Reading to my mentee, Aydin, is the best hour of my week. It brings me so much joy to see him progress over time. On the first day we read together, he was reticent to read aloud and shy about his interests. Now, Aydin is picking challenging books to read aloud, draws pictures of what he read, and enthusiastically shares stories about his life.

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$860

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jeanne Haney

    $100

  • Melinda Smith

    $100

  • Josh Aronson

    $100

  • David McMahan

    $100

  • Daniel Horton

    $100

  • Ryan Stotler

    $100

  • Mike Mooney

    $20

  • Tamsin

    $100

  • Andrea Monseliu

    $100

  • Cathy Occhipinti

    $25

  • Ashby Sussman

    $15

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344% Raised of $250 Goal

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The Team: $5,863 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Tracey Bey

Amount Raised

$863

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Erin Ellis

Amount Raised

$860

 

344% Raised of $250 Goal

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Read Ahead

Amount Raised

$675

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Anne Falvey

Amount Raised

$600

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Alyssa Roibal

Amount Raised

$400

 

160% Raised of $250 Goal

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Shaleah Marshall

Amount Raised

$355

 

142% Raised of $250 Goal

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Duane Goldsmith

Amount Raised

$275

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Michele Park

Amount Raised

$260

 

104% Raised of $250 Goal

Donor Comments

Ashby Sussman

Ashby Sussman

DONATION: $15

3 years ago

Cathy Occhipinti

Cathy Occhipinti

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Andrea Monseliu

Andrea Monseliu

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Tamsin

Tamsin

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Mike Mooney

Mike Mooney

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Ryan Stotler

Ryan Stotler

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Daniel Horton

Daniel Horton

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

David McMahan

David McMahan

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Josh Aronson

Josh Aronson

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Melinda Smith

Melinda Smith

DONATION: $100

3 years ago