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Pacific Southwest Building

Christmas Tree Charity Event

On December 1st, Reading and Beyond participated in the inaugural Christmas Tree Fundraiser hosted by the Pacific Southwest Building in Downtown Fresno.  Local non-profits and charities each decorated a Christmas tree for exhibition and auction in the building's elegant ballroom. Reading and Beyond's tree had a children’s literature theme, with ornaments depicting pages and artwork from classic children's stories, hand-crafted by our staff, students, and volunteers.


The winner of our tree was Stacie Hines. The tree has found a bright spot in their home during this happy holiday season (see photo below).


Special thanks to Pearson for sponsoring our tree and for the Pacific Southwest Building Association for organizing this unique event.

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The Reading and Beyond Christmas Tree in the home of Stacie Hines


eNewsletter - Issue 20 - January 2013

Reading and Beyond Preschool Sings

at AIMS luncheon - Fresno Pacific University


On December 18, the students of Reading and Beyond’s Preschool performed at the annual Christmas luncheon for AIMS Education Foundation.  They were invited by AIMS, and sang holiday songs for an audience of educators, supporters, and parents.

AIMS has been a generous supporter of our preschool since 2008. They have given a total of $60,000 towards scholarships for students whose families normally wouldn't be able to afford the tuition. AIMS Educational Foundation, in partnership with Reading and Beyond, has been an asset to the community by providing low-income children access to a strong educational foundation.

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Annual Report 2011-2012

Now Available

Get an in-depth look at the people, programs, and progress of Reading and Beyond.  Our annual report for 2011-2012 is now available for download or viewing online.

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Special Thanks to our Fall Volunteers

As January is National Mentoring Month, we wish to extend a special thanks to all of our amazing volunteers from last semester.  The people listed below give their valuable time to encourage, mentor, and tutor our students. Cheers to our volunteers for your dedication.


Lights On After-School

Before the winter break, each of our after-school sites hosted a “Lights On After-School” event for parents and teachers. The purpose of the events was to help parents and teachers gain a deeper understanding of what the students do each afternoon in the program.

With the help of the students, the adults were magically turned into students for the evening and participated in each of the program components. The parents rotated through literacy, fitness, and science stations, and were asked to abide by the program rules. The students had a blast watching their parents turn into the students and were delighted to help enforce the program rules on their parents. Each site’s event ended with a book giveaway for the students.


If you are interested in touring any Reading and Beyond sites or bringing our program to your school, please contact Jenny Brietigam at 559-600-6189.

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Bullard Talent PTA

Special Thanks

A BIG thank you for the Bullard Talent PTA group who raised $825.44 for Reading and Beyond’s parent program, at their PTA holiday party.  Additionally, over 500 books were donated by Bullard Talent students and families to be given to the students in our tutoring program.  Thank you to Bullard Talent for your generous support.


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