Quests Aren’t Just for Fairy Tales: How ‘Reading is Magic’ is Improving Santa Fe Literacy

By Perli Cunanan, Amy Miller, Rayna Dineen | The Reading Group Victor, a second grade student, could not read at all and felt badly about himself. He had become convinced that he was just stupid. Embarrassed, he didn’t want his classmates to know that he couldn’t read. He was beginning to give up on school. Victor’s teacher realized he needed …

Summer of Literacy

Desta Shaw, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate | August 21, 2018 During the time I was a summer VISTA I worked at May Center Elementary School. May Center serves exceptional students from preschool through eighth grade, specializing in those with learning differences such as dyslexia, ADHD, and language processing disorders. They strive for their students to be seen and heard with about …

Ready, Set, Read!

By Dana Greenblatt, AmeriCorps VISTA | August 20, 2018 For volunteers who arrived early Sunday morning to set up the Community Book Swap at the Santa Fe Place Mall, it seemed as if the stream of book boxes being unloaded would never end! While the majority of books from the March swap were generated from donation boxes placed in local schools, …

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César Chávez Open House

By: Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTA | August 20, 2018 On August 13, 2018, César Chávez Elementary School rang in the new school year with a special evening dedicated to the families within the Tierra Contenta community. At Monday’s Open House, students and parents were invited to explore the campus, and mingle with teachers as a way to help envision the learning …

My Summer as an AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate

By Fiona Lamb, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate | July 25, 2018 When I was in second grade I was diagnosed with dyslexia and was far behind my classmates in regards to reading proficiency. I was lucky.  I had access to the support I needed to perform well in school from then on.  However, I know that many children in Santa Fe …

Fiesta Para Bebés: Celebrating the First 5 Years of Life

Emily McRae, AmeriCorps VISTA | May 15, 2018 We’re excited to announce that the 4th annual Fiesta Para Bebés kicked off last Saturday, May 12, at El Camino Real Academy, and it was a blast! New and expecting parents and families alike joined together for a fun Saturday morning with their kids, to learn about all the amazing community resources Santa …

Swap till you Drop

Dana Greenblatt and Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTAs | April 11, 2018 While books and access to reading opportunities are an essential element of child development, many families do not have consistent access to books for their children and teens. The Community Book Swap aimed to address this critical need for books in the homes of so many families in Santa Fe. …

Ready to Read: The Reading Group’s First Event!

Adria Winfield, AmeriCorps VISTA | October 26, 2017 The Reading Group, a Birth to Career Collaborative Working Group, held its first public event, Santa Fe’s Ready to Read, on Saturday, October 14th.   Young readers visited the Santa Fe Railyard from 5 to 7 pm, where they had the opportunity to practice their literacy skills with an audience of mini horses, provided by My …