Awake's Summer Reading Program

For: children from low-income families
Berwyn, IL
Organizer: Lisa Polderman
$4,100
of $3,500 goal.
Raised by 37 donors
100% Complete

The Story

Summer reading is crucial to reading development. Your donation will provide a research-based, high quality reading program to children from low-income families to help them combat "summer slide" - the loss of reading achievement over the summer months. Our program helps students improve their reading skills and increase their enjoyment of reading.

Awake is a small nonprofit community organization located in Berwyn, IL. Our mission is to be a catalyst for good relationships, leadership, and justice. We do this through educational programming and community forums, and by providing administrative support to community initiatives. We have our 501c3 status through a fiscal partnership with Unity Lutheran Church of Berwyn. Your donation is tax deductible.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 19, 2017

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Posted on October 19, 2017

Greetings! We wanted to share with you what your gift accomplished this summer. We enjoy you enjoy hearing about the impact you made!

Posted on August 24, 2017

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Posted on August 24, 2017

The program ended last week and we're still receiving feedback from parents. So excited for this student's success!

"My daughter now travels nearly everywhere with a book!  She’s on her second Ramona book that she’s reading herself!  I’m THRILLED that she’s independently reading chapter books!  (Thanks to the Awake reading program, thank you!)"

Posted on August 17, 2017

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Posted on August 17, 2017

Monday was the last day of the program and we are so proud of our students! We conducted pre and post tests with AimsWeb to measure growth, and every single student improved. We are grateful to the staff and the effort and care they put into teaching, and to our donors, as none of this would be possible without you.

One of our favorite moments was the conversation we had with student H, one of our entering sixth grade students. During his final assessment, the teacher noted how much he had improved. H said that there are two things he is proud about from the reading program: 1) He was enjoying reading, and he hadn't felt that before. 2) For the first time in his life he finished a book. 

Thank you for your support!

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