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Reading Action Program
Achieving Literacy and Education through
community service
Asking Questions
Using the control panel:
1. Raise your hand using the
icon during the Q & A
segment
2. Type your question...
Webinar Recording
This webinar is being
recorded and will be
available online.
The recording, PowerPoint
presentation, and...
Today’s Agenda
 Reading Action Program Overview
 Activity Planning Resources
 Panel Session
 Reading is Fundamental
 ...
Today’s Presenters
 Jennifer Katz, Director of Government
Relations and Community Outreach,
Reading is Fundamental
 Trac...
Global Literacy
There are nearly 800 million people around the
world today who cannot read these words.
 Many children ar...
Our Global Network
The Reading Action Program provides an
important opportunity for Lions to help
bridge the gaps in literacy and education i...
Service
Activities
To date, Lions
reported over
82,000
Reading Action
Program
activities.
Service Hours
Reporting clubs
de...
Poll Question
Has your club
participated in a
Reading Action Program
project?
Yes
No
Lions in Action!
The following are a few project ideas that members of your
club and district may consider taking on:
• Serve as a voluntee...
Reading Action Program Resources
• Call to Action Flyer
• Project Idea Sheet
• Planning Guide
• Community Needs
Assessment
• Sample Press Release
• Bookmar...
Has your club used the
Reading Action
Program (RAP) Activity
Planning Resources to
plan projects?
Yes
No
Poll Question
Planning and Organizing
• Community Needs
Assessment
• Call to Action Flyer
• Planning Guide
• Project Idea Sheet
Reading ...
Planning, Organizing and
Implementing
• Partner Fact Sheets
and PDFs
• Sample Press Release
• Book Marks
• Diploma
Reading...
Reading is Fundamental
Jennifer Katz
Director of Government Relations and Community
Outreach
Reading is Fundamental
JKatz@...
2
RIF Overview
• Founded in 1966, RIF is the nation’s oldest and largest
children’s and families’ literacy non-profit
• Mi...
3
Today, RIF is in All 50 States, DC, & Territories
FY12 Impact
Kids Served: 4 million
Book Distributed: 10 million
4
To Date, RIF has
Given away 410 million books to more than 39 million
children
4
Multicultural STEAM Books
• Books as mirrors and windows for children
• Emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering,
Ar...
4
Summer Learning Loss
• Kids lose up to 2 months of learning during the
summer
• RIF’s U.S. Department of Education grant...
8
Book People Unite
• Awareness campaign that brings together people who believe in the
transformative power of books and ...
4
RIF & Lions in Action
• Sterling Lions Club, CO: started a new RIF
program to support the Iliff Head Start- 83 children
...
4
RIF & Lions in Action
• Monett Lions Club, MO: Supports Monett
Elementary pre-school through 2nd grade students
– allowi...
4
Reading Action Program
 Volunteer with your local RIF program
 Support your local RIF program
 Honor an anniversary, ...
USO
Tracy Tucker
Director of Fundraising and Development
USO
TTucker@uso.org
www.uso.org
The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.
USO Quick Facts
• Over 160 locations
• Visited nearly 9 million times in 2012
• 35,000 troops and their family members sup...
There are nearly 2 million military children
who have one or two parents currently
serving in the military
How can we keep those families
connected?
Current Connecting Programs
Project Sanctuary
Stronger Families
Pro vs. GI Joe
United Through Reading Military Program
USO...
United Through Reading Military
Program – What is it?
#1 rated program when troops
and their families are surveyed
Survey research among participants
shows:
• More than 75% said “…reduced their
children’s anxiety”
• More than 85% “…helpe...
United Through Reading Impact
“…Although our family hasn’t been able to build many memories together, this
moment will be ...
United Through Reading Impact in
Numbers
43,325 children were able to watch their
deployed parent read them a bedtime story
Why not more?
Resources!
$10 will allow one of our troops to read a story to
his or her child while serving around the world
How Your Lions Club Can Help
Host a Virtual Book Drive!
• This can be done online –
http://www.teamuso.org/Lions
• Ask eac...
How Your Lions Club Can Help
Host a Book Drive!
• List of over 100 approved books that
can be used
• Books must be new
• L...
How Your Lions Club Can Help
Adopt Your Local USO Center’s Children’s Reading Area
Many USO centers have designated areas ...
For more information, please call
Tracy Tucker at 703-908-6466 or
email at ttucker@uso.org
The Hadley School for the Blind
Dawn Turco
Senior Vice President
The Hadley School for the Blind
Dawn@Hadley.edu
www.hadle...
THE HADLEY SCHOOL
FOR THE BLIND
Distance Education Since 1920
1. Hadley’s distance education allows you to study
anytime, anywhere – on the go, on demand!
2. Tuition-free courses for s...
HADLEY’S PROGRAMS
OVER 10,000 STUDENTS ANNUALLY
1. Adult Continuing
Education Program
2. High School Program
3. Family Edu...
HADLEY BEGAN WITH ONE STUDENT
LEARNING BRAILLE THROUGH THE MAIL.
 Committed to braille literacy since
1920.
 Today, Hadl...
Why do families enroll?
 Learn to read and write braille.
 Foster the development of a child with a visual
impairment.
...
850 FAMILY EDUCATION STUDENTS IN
FY2013
FOCUS ON EMERGENT LITERACY:
BRAILLE AND YOUR BABY AND TODDLER
A HANDY MEMORY TRICK
USER-FRIENDLY
EHADLEY COURSES
….through Spring into Braille, an annual
reading challenge. 142 students
participated this year. Students read
over 143,00...
INTRODUCING
EHADLEY
Our students, and the
larger population
worldwide, are
discovering the benefits
of elearning.
70+ courses online, more
coming.
11,000+ students have
completed one or more
online courses.
Study
anytime,
anywhere!
EH...
Mobile learning extends the reach of
teaching and learning by utilizing any
number of digital portable devices.
Study in...
NEW BLINDED VETERANS INITIATIVE
The goal is to educate and inspire blind
or visually impaired veterans to pursue
their per...
SEMINARS@HADLEY
• Live webinars on a variety of
relevant topics from the newest
technologies, employment skills,
and cooki...
 Hadley has established
partnerships/collaborations with
national and international
organizations.
 Building partnership...
Educate your community about Hadley,
especially accessible curriculum that
supplements the education of blind students
lo...
Recognize that Hadley is more than just
braille – courses range from the use of the
latest technology, to recreation and
...
CHECK US OUT ON YOUTUBE
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
VISIT WWW.HADLEY.EDU
HADLEY SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND
For more information on our services, call us at 1-800-323-4238 or
visit our Web site at www.h...
Asking Questions
Using the control panel:
1. Raise your hand using the
icon during the Q & A
segment
2. Type your question...
Questions
• Jennifer Katz, Director of Government
Relations and Community
Outreach, Reading is Fundamental
• Tracy Tucker,...
Thank you!
Please contact us at programs@lionsclubs.org and
visit our website for more resources.
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  1. 1. Reading Action Program Achieving Literacy and Education through community service
  2. 2. Asking Questions Using the control panel: 1. Raise your hand using the icon during the Q & A segment 2. Type your question in the “Questions” box during the presentation
  3. 3. Webinar Recording This webinar is being recorded and will be available online. The recording, PowerPoint presentation, and workbook will be shared.
  4. 4. Today’s Agenda  Reading Action Program Overview  Activity Planning Resources  Panel Session  Reading is Fundamental  USO  Hadley School for the Blind  Discussion Session/Q&A
  5. 5. Today’s Presenters  Jennifer Katz, Director of Government Relations and Community Outreach, Reading is Fundamental  Tracy Tucker, Director of Fundraising and Development, USO  Dawn Turco, Senior Vice President, The Hadley School for the Blind
  6. 6. Global Literacy There are nearly 800 million people around the world today who cannot read these words.  Many children are not exposed to books and reading until they begin attending school  Based on US statistics, only 10 percent of blind children are learning Braille.  Rural schools in many poorer countries are severely limited in their supplies (textbooks, paper, desks, blackboards, chairs – even pencils.)
  7. 7. Our Global Network
  8. 8. The Reading Action Program provides an important opportunity for Lions to help bridge the gaps in literacy and education in communities all around the world. • Increase literacy among children and adults • Improve access to inclusive education • Bridge the digital divide and provide access to assistive technologies • Place new emphasis on existing Lions programs, including services for people with vision loss Reading Action Program
  9. 9. Service Activities To date, Lions reported over 82,000 Reading Action Program activities. Service Hours Reporting clubs dedicated over 2.4 million hours to literacy and education related activities. People Served Lions served over 8 million people through Reading Action Program projects worldwide. Your Global Impact
  10. 10. Poll Question Has your club participated in a Reading Action Program project? Yes No
  11. 11. Lions in Action!
  12. 12. The following are a few project ideas that members of your club and district may consider taking on: • Serve as a volunteer reader • Learn and share the importance of Braille literacy • Help provide books to your local school or library • Organize a book drive for military children You may also consider working with a school or a library to organize joint projects or explore other possible partners in your area. Ways you can help!
  13. 13. Reading Action Program Resources
  14. 14. • Call to Action Flyer • Project Idea Sheet • Planning Guide • Community Needs Assessment • Sample Press Release • Bookmarks • Diploma • Partners Reading Action Program Resources
  15. 15. Has your club used the Reading Action Program (RAP) Activity Planning Resources to plan projects? Yes No Poll Question
  16. 16. Planning and Organizing • Community Needs Assessment • Call to Action Flyer • Planning Guide • Project Idea Sheet Reading Action Program Resources
  17. 17. Planning, Organizing and Implementing • Partner Fact Sheets and PDFs • Sample Press Release • Book Marks • Diploma Reading Action Program Resources
  18. 18. Reading is Fundamental Jennifer Katz Director of Government Relations and Community Outreach Reading is Fundamental JKatz@rif.org www.rif.org
  19. 19. 2 RIF Overview • Founded in 1966, RIF is the nation’s oldest and largest children’s and families’ literacy non-profit • Mission: RIF is dedicated to motivating young children to read by working with children, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. • Nearly two-thirds of low-income families in the U.S. own no books
  20. 20. 3 Today, RIF is in All 50 States, DC, & Territories FY12 Impact Kids Served: 4 million Book Distributed: 10 million
  21. 21. 4 To Date, RIF has Given away 410 million books to more than 39 million children
  22. 22. 4 Multicultural STEAM Books • Books as mirrors and windows for children • Emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math content in children’s books • 40-title STEAM Multicultural Book Collection with related educator, parent and community volunteer activity sheets
  23. 23. 4 Summer Learning Loss • Kids lose up to 2 months of learning during the summer • RIF’s U.S. Department of Education grant to stem summer slide among children in poverty, providing books and literacy resources • 15 states, 33 school districts, 150 elementary schools, 20,000 students
  24. 24. 8 Book People Unite • Awareness campaign that brings together people who believe in the transformative power of books and are committed to advancing children’s literacy. • Take the pledge and stay up to date on RIF’s campaigns! Visit www.bookpeopleunite.org to check out our star-studded PSA and spread the word! 8
  25. 25. 4 RIF & Lions in Action • Sterling Lions Club, CO: started a new RIF program to support the Iliff Head Start- 83 children between ages 3 and 5
  26. 26. 4 RIF & Lions in Action • Monett Lions Club, MO: Supports Monett Elementary pre-school through 2nd grade students – allowing for 2 annual book distributions
  27. 27. 4 Reading Action Program  Volunteer with your local RIF program  Support your local RIF program  Honor an anniversary, volunteer, teacher or school with a STEAM book collection donation  Be a Book Person! Read with a child in your life
  28. 28. USO Tracy Tucker Director of Fundraising and Development USO TTucker@uso.org www.uso.org
  29. 29. The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.
  30. 30. USO Quick Facts • Over 160 locations • Visited nearly 9 million times in 2012 • 35,000 troops and their family members supported through USO Warrior and Family Care Programs in 2012 • 4,000 National Guardsmen received support from USO centers and the USO Mobile after Hurricane Sandy
  31. 31. There are nearly 2 million military children who have one or two parents currently serving in the military
  32. 32. How can we keep those families connected?
  33. 33. Current Connecting Programs Project Sanctuary Stronger Families Pro vs. GI Joe United Through Reading Military Program USO Operation Phone Home™ USO Photo Book MEGS Full Circle Home Others
  34. 34. United Through Reading Military Program – What is it?
  35. 35. #1 rated program when troops and their families are surveyed
  36. 36. Survey research among participants shows: • More than 75% said “…reduced their children’s anxiety” • More than 85% “…helped the deployed service member stay connected to their family” • More than 67% “…child’s interest in reading and books increased”
  37. 37. United Through Reading Impact “…Although our family hasn’t been able to build many memories together, this moment will be a part of me forever.” -- J. Geidner “…It was so amazing and endearing. You could tell it was such a great thing for me, my husband, and my son. The fact that you have set up a way to video Dennis reading to our son Liam and you send it home with the book is wonderful. It will be treasured always.” -- K. Kelly “…This program brings him into our living room. My girls light up when I put the DvD on and even try to “talk” to Daddy. Even if for just a few minutes, they have their daddy again.” --T. Guidry
  38. 38. United Through Reading Impact in Numbers 43,325 children were able to watch their deployed parent read them a bedtime story
  39. 39. Why not more?
  40. 40. Resources! $10 will allow one of our troops to read a story to his or her child while serving around the world
  41. 41. How Your Lions Club Can Help Host a Virtual Book Drive! • This can be done online – http://www.teamuso.org/Lions • Ask each club member to make a contribution • Ask club members to register online and email their friends and family to support the program • You can hand out stickers to those that supported or post a graphic of how many readings you have funded to keep members motivated
  42. 42. How Your Lions Club Can Help Host a Book Drive! • List of over 100 approved books that can be used • Books must be new • Lions Club Sticker
  43. 43. How Your Lions Club Can Help Adopt Your Local USO Center’s Children’s Reading Area Many USO centers have designated areas for children. They offer a quiet place with changing tables and portable cribs for parents to tend to their little ones. For older children, play areas are a place for kids to watch movies, read books and play with fun educational toys.
  44. 44. For more information, please call Tracy Tucker at 703-908-6466 or email at ttucker@uso.org
  45. 45. The Hadley School for the Blind Dawn Turco Senior Vice President The Hadley School for the Blind Dawn@Hadley.edu www.hadley.edu
  46. 46. THE HADLEY SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND Distance Education Since 1920
  47. 47. 1. Hadley’s distance education allows you to study anytime, anywhere – on the go, on demand! 2. Tuition-free courses for students who are blind and their families. Modest tuition for some professional courses. 3. Individualized attention by supportive instructors. 4. Courses available in braille, large print, audio and online. 5. Additional services include Seminars@Hadley and YouTube videos. FAST FACTS A C C R E D I T E D M E M B E R
  48. 48. HADLEY’S PROGRAMS OVER 10,000 STUDENTS ANNUALLY 1. Adult Continuing Education Program 2. High School Program 3. Family Education Program 4. The Hadley School for Professional Studies
  49. 49. HADLEY BEGAN WITH ONE STUDENT LEARNING BRAILLE THROUGH THE MAIL.  Committed to braille literacy since 1920.  Today, Hadley teaches braille literacy to sighted and blind students, including music braille and Nemeth code (math).  Thousands study with us each year.
  50. 50. Why do families enroll?  Learn to read and write braille.  Foster the development of a child with a visual impairment.  Support your family member’s adjustment to vision loss. FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM
  51. 51. 850 FAMILY EDUCATION STUDENTS IN FY2013
  52. 52. FOCUS ON EMERGENT LITERACY: BRAILLE AND YOUR BABY AND TODDLER
  53. 53. A HANDY MEMORY TRICK
  54. 54. USER-FRIENDLY EHADLEY COURSES
  55. 55. ….through Spring into Braille, an annual reading challenge. 142 students participated this year. Students read over 143,000 pages. READING BRAILLE ENCOURAGED….
  56. 56. INTRODUCING EHADLEY Our students, and the larger population worldwide, are discovering the benefits of elearning.
  57. 57. 70+ courses online, more coming. 11,000+ students have completed one or more online courses. Study anytime, anywhere! EHADLEY INITIATIVE
  58. 58. Mobile learning extends the reach of teaching and learning by utilizing any number of digital portable devices. Study in a flexible place, at a flexible time.  ON THE GO, ON DEMAND! EHADLEY EXPANDS INTO THE MLEARNING INITIATIVE
  59. 59. NEW BLINDED VETERANS INITIATIVE The goal is to educate and inspire blind or visually impaired veterans to pursue their personal and professional goals and help support their families. NEW COURSE: Reinforcing Independence: The Role of the Family
  60. 60. SEMINARS@HADLEY • Live webinars on a variety of relevant topics from the newest technologies, employment skills, and cooking tips to recreational activities and the use of braille in daily life. • 180+ recordings archived on our Past Seminars page allowing 24/7 access.
  61. 61.  Hadley has established partnerships/collaborations with national and international organizations.  Building partnerships helps us become more innovative and continuously improve our services. BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS
  62. 62. Educate your community about Hadley, especially accessible curriculum that supplements the education of blind students locally, home schooled or in public/private schools. There is a growing number of people with age related low vision and the Lions and Hadley are positioned to respond. Lions members and low vision individuals can learn adaptive skills, enabling them to remain in the home and community. CALL TO ACTION
  63. 63. Recognize that Hadley is more than just braille – courses range from the use of the latest technology, to recreation and business skills. Promote and recognize area businesses' use of braille signage and menus. Consider providing assistance to help needy students purchase braille labelers, braille writers, slate and stylus, and more. CALL TO ACTION
  64. 64. CHECK US OUT ON YOUTUBE LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
  65. 65. VISIT WWW.HADLEY.EDU
  66. 66. HADLEY SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND For more information on our services, call us at 1-800-323-4238 or visit our Web site at www.hadley.edu You can also email us at: General Inquiries – info@hadley.edu Student Services – student_services@hadley.edu Feedback – feedback@hadley.edu Or me, dawn@hadley.edu
  67. 67. Asking Questions Using the control panel: 1. Raise your hand using the icon during the Q & A segment 2. Type your question in the “Questions” box during the presentation
  68. 68. Questions • Jennifer Katz, Director of Government Relations and Community Outreach, Reading is Fundamental • Tracy Tucker, Director of Fundraising and Development, USO • Dawn Turco, Senior Vice President, The Hadley School for the Blind
  69. 69. Thank you! Please contact us at programs@lionsclubs.org and visit our website for more resources.

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