Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Reading is Fundamental’s 50th Birthday Bash!

IMG_8203To be honest… I didn’t think sharing some personal stories about how important reading has been in my life would be that interesting. Then there was dead silence. One of the stories I told was about my mom Chin. I talked about how she struggled with the language barrier but insisted on reading to me when I was a child. I don’t remember the words she didn’t know or sometimes skipped. I never cared that some sentences were incomplete or didn’t make sense at all. All I remember is that it was me and her. She surrounded us with books. When she opened them with her broken English she still read them like she wrote them.

The reality is that experience is a luxury. Two thirds of children living in poverty in our Country.. in the USA have NO books. For the last half century Reading is Fundamental has worked to change that. Giving more than 412 million books to tens of millions of children nationwide. After tonight, many more kids will be introduced to the magic of reading. What will they feel? Hope, happiness, liberation, adventure? You better believe a book can change someone’s life.  Books have power.

I was thrilled to meet many of the more than 400 literacy lovers who gathered at the Four Seasons in Georgetown to celebrate RIF’s 50th Anniversary. I had the true honor of emceeing the Eric Carle themed birthday bash. Even the VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR  showed up. Word has it …he came for the food!

It was great to meet Margy McNamara Pastor, the daughter of RIF’s founder. Scholastic’s President Dick Robinson also shared some really funny and historic anecdotes from the beginning of RIF.Dick’s father founded Scholastic and teamed up with RIF from the beginning.  Also spotted in the crowd, Author Kitty Kelley. The best part… the night raised more than $150,000 dollars just in the live auction alone!

 

RIF President and CEO Carol H. Rasco, center, poses for a photo with the Legacy of Literacy Honorees at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

RIF President and CEO Carol H. Rasco, center, poses for a photo with the Legacy of Literacy Honorees at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday cake at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday cake at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

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Left to right, Jack Remondi, Chairman RIF Board of Directors; Carol B. Sisco; RIF President and CEO Carol H. Rasco; Lynda Johnson Robb; and Margy McNamara pose for a photo at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

Left to right, Jack Remondi, Chairman RIF Board of Directors; Carol B. Sisco; RIF President and CEO Carol H. Rasco; Lynda Johnson Robb; and Margy McNamara pose for a photo at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

RIF GALA PEACOCK BALLOON ART

Left to right, Margy McNamara, Lynda Johnson Robb and Carol B. Sisco read a goodnight story at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

Left to right, Margy McNamara, Lynda Johnson Robb and Carol B. Sisco read a goodnight story at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

RIF GALA BROWN BEAR BROWN BEAR BALLOON ART

Journalist Angie Goff hosts the Reading Is Fundamental 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

Journalist Angie Goff hosts the Reading Is Fundamental 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

How do you Seuss?

Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors. As a child I found he made reading fun. I remember reading his books and poems by Shel Silverstein cover to cover. It brought so much joy and laughter into my life. That’s why I love Read Across America Day so much. Students celebrate the art of reading while remembering one of literature’s greats.

PHOTOS: Read Across America in PGCPS

Today the News4 Today Team visited different schools in Prince George’s county. As someone who spent some of my childhood years living in Fort Washington I was so happy to return to the area to read Miss Lacey Greene’s 1st graders at J Frank Dent Elementary. We chose which Dr. Seuss book to read based off their applause. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” brought the house down. So there we had it.. Christmas in March!

Festive front officeTom Kierein having a blast!

Photographer Irene shows kids at Spring Hill Elementary the LIVE Truck. Tony Tull read to them today!

Eun Yang ready to read to Ms. Barber’s first grade class at Greenbelt Elementary.

Richard Jordan at Laurel Elementary’s..  Ms. D’s Kindergarten class

Watch the shout-out on TV!

View more videos at: http://nbcwashington.com.

OMG 4/2/10: Kerry Reichs book & baby, Palamir Night Live

Watch: This story on WUSA-TV Morning Show

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)– Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff reports on Kerry Reichs’ new book ‘Leaving Unknown’, ‘Palantir Night Live’ brings government 2.0 leaders together and Metromix’s Best of DC award Winners Party. New movies out this weekend include ‘Clash of the Titans’, ‘The Greatest’ and Tyler Perry’s sequel to ‘Why Did I Get Married’.

Kerry Reichs Writes Again + BIG Kicker

Her mother Kathy’s novels inspired the hit TV showBones so it’s no suprise that Kerry Reichs has some great writing  genes. We caught up with the novelist as she signed copies of her latest book called ‘Leaving Unknown‘ at Gazuza Lounge in NW.

Watch WUSA: Reich’s Book Launch at Gazuza Lounge

The author who spent the summer in China says parts of  her own life can be seen in the book about a girl finding her true self after gettin’ stuck in the middle of nowhere. (insert self here: Kerry you must’ve known I spent two years as a roving reporter lost in I-OH-WA)

[Upper Right: Kerry signs a copy for Steve Baker]

In line:  Charlie I Drink On the Job” Adler and Victoria Michael of VM Public Relations.

‘Leaving Unknown’ is novel #2. The Best Day Of Someone Else’s Life was Reich’s first.

By the bar: Matthew Christian Davis & Tina Cruikshank

The night’s kicker: 2 books down make room for baby. Reichs reveals she’s expecting a boy this summer.

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