It’s snowing in Waterbury Center! Here in the CLiF office, we’re thinking about warm beverages.
More importantly, we’re working with the communities we serve to ensure children participating in CLiF programs have new books in time for the holidays.
This is what $25 brings a low-income, at-risk, or rural New Hampshire or Vermont child:
- A professional, inspiring literacy presentation such as an author/illustrator visit, writing workshop, or storytelling
- Two brand-new, high quality books of his or her choice to keep
This holiday season, CLiF hopes to inspire our friends with our 50/25 drive.
There’s an acorn banging around in the dryer. Of course there is. That makes perfect sense.
It goes along with the rest of it: the gobs and gobs of “art” stuck with magnets to the fridge, the Lego guy in my shoe, the missing checks and stamps that someone (and I know who!) used to play mailman.
Above: CLiF Executive Director Duncan McDougall, left, and board member Dan Lynch, right, at the Summer Readers event held in memory of Richard Lynch in 2013. The photograph Dan holds is a picture of himself with his father.
As CLiF’s Office Manager, I have the responsibility and privilege of processing the generous donations that come through our door.
48 different children’s summer programs across Vermont and New Hampshire. 3,300 kids.
Two free books per child.
That’s a lot of books. No wonder the CLiFmobile just needed its shocks replaced.
Rec program at the Barre Municipal Pool in Barre, VT
From June through August, CLiF’s Summer Readers program visits lunch programs, low-income summer camps, and summer schools to combat “summer slide” — the attrition of literacy skills outside the structure of school to which low-income and at-risk children are especially susceptible.
I could start by telling you about the beautiful view of Lake Champlain from our corner table. I could then tell you about the endless performances, exhibits, and activities for kids taking place all day.
I could tell you about the throngs of children – of all ages – gathered around our table eagerly awaiting a turn with the magnetic poetry…or about the looks on their faces when they won prizes – like new books (everyone who participated won a prize).
Amidst a sea of bustling children, adorable little ones in strollers and Ergo carriers, and mamas-to-be looking radiant and curious, Julia and I set up a table at the Good Beginnings First Annual Baby and Child Expo to talk with parents about reading to their children from the get-go.
Here at CLiF we feel lucky to have such a wide range of supporters. We receive donations from authors, educators, retirees, families, small businesses, and foundations, just to name a few. But it’s a rare and touching occasion when a young donor approaches us with an interest in supporting CLiF.
Storytime at the library. It paints an enticing image: stylish stay-at-home mom, peppy grin, hip outfit, adorable bright-faced child, a healthy snack in her bag, a stack of books in her arm, and endless patience. She quietly enters, sits on the floor while her little one piles neatly into her lap, and they gaze cheerily at the librarian as she reads books after book.
Have you thought about making your first donation to CLiF, but haven’t got around to it? Now’s your chance.
This December, the first 25 donors who make their first-ever donation to CLiF of $25 or more will be entered in a raffle to win a Keurig Platinum Single Cup Home Brewing System worth $189!
Election season. An exhausting ride where we are all bombarded with campaign ads, controversial discussions, heated debates, and a barrage of political humdrum.