In an effort to increase the number of children entering school prepared to learn, read and succeed, the South Sound Reading Foundation exists to ensure that every child is read with 20 minutes a day starting at birth. Reading just 20 minutes a day promotes healthy brain development, family bonding and success in school.
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2012-13 Annual Report
Barnes and Noble's Holiday Book Drive
Through December, Barnes and Nobel is hosting it's annual holiday book drive. Shop at Barnes and Dobel and purchase a book or two fro the foundation and/or Madison Elementary. Last year Barnes and Nobel collected over 2,700 new books. FANTASTIC! Thank you Rhonda and crew!
Celebrate Literacy the South Sound way at Books by the Bay 2013
Award-winning authors and illustrators: Richard Jesse Watson, Linda Bailey, Craig Orback, Susan Blackaby and Jeff Shaffer (books available for sale by Barnes & Noble Booksellers).
Fabulous literacy silent auction includes: over 40 other fantastic items like tickets to museums, zoos, EMP, the Pacific Science Center, fantastic books baskets, and so much more… a great opportunity for early holiday shopping!
When: Thursday, September 26th, 5 – 7 p.m.
Where: Olympia Yacht Club, 201 Simmons St NW Olympia, WA 98501
Each year the South Sound Reading Foundation invites you to participate in their literacy celebration to support their mission; ensuring all children are read with and, or are reading 20 minutes a day. Reading just 20 minutes a day promotes the healthy brain development, family bonding and school readiness all children need to read and succeed.
The Reading Foundation does this important work by educating and reminding children, youth and families about the importance of reading though community awareness campaigns and family education programming and by distributing free books so that every family, every child has the tools they need to read and succeed. The reading foundation distributes over 60,000 books each year and with each book they share the important reading message.
To order tickets call: 360-412-4499 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
READERS ARE LEADERS
Join the South Sound Reading Foundation, Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Master of Ceremonies Dick Pust at the READERS ARE LEADERS breakfast and support literacy and reading in the South Sound.
April 11, 7:30-9:00, ViewPoint at West Bay Marina.
Featuring “What was the Book that Got YOU Hooked?” We are asking community leaders and policy makers to tell us about the book that got them hooked. You know… the book that was so captivating it propelled into the world of books and reading?
Also featuring the Shirlee Lehnis Literacy Champion Award for Youth and the Lois Asay Literacy Champion Award for Adults. These awards go to the youth and adult in our community who have done something extraordinary to promote literacy.
We hope you will join us in our attempts to promote literacy and school readiness by attending this event. If you can’t make it we always accept donations. All funds help us provide our important literacy programming.
Friend and long-time volunteer Lois Asay
On February 6th, 2013 the world became a much sadder place when the angels who had been looking after one of their own for so long welcomed Lois Jean Asay into their fold. Lois was born in Montoursville Pennsylvania on October 16, 1944. Following high school she attended Lock Haven State College, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in education. In August of 1970 she married Army Lieutenant John G. "Skip" Asay, and for the next few years, Lois traveled to various military posts across the county, all the while finding teaching jobs and enjoying meeting new people and sharing new experiences. Lois and Skip finally settled in Washington State. After 36 years as a professional educator, School Teacher, Title I Reading Specialist, Special Education Teacher, Special Education Coordinator, and Elementary School Principal at Carter Lake Elementary School in the Clover Park School District and Olympic View in the North Thurston School District- Lois retired in 2004. Following her retirement, she worked as a student teacher supervisor for the University of Washington, and volunteered for organizations supporting child learning and welfare. She also loved traveling, canning fruits and vegetables with her friends, cooking, golf, skiing, making her own Christmas cards, or simply walking the beach at her home. Lois truly had a passion for life and all the wonder in it. Love of children, friends, and education itself were the engines that drove her, but she found particular joy and fulfillment in helping children learn, mentoring teachers, and conducting "Storytime" readings and handing out free books to children as a volunteer for the South Sound Reading Foundation. Lois was predeceased by her parents, Curtis and Hattie Wheeland, and her brother Charles Rayhorn, all of Montoursville, PA. She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Skip; her sisters Helen Martin and Penny Burgoyne; brother Scott Wheeland; dozens of extraordinary caring and supportive friends; and hundreds of children who experienced her kindness, patience, and talents as a gifted educator. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2013 in the new Children's Museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia, WA. Friends will be received at the Museum from 6:30 p.m. until the time of service at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the South Sound Reading Foundation 305 College Street NE, Lacey, WA 98516, phone (360) 412-4499. To read Lois's full obituary please visit www.millsandmillsfunerals.com.