Sliding into Summer

From the CEO - Joel Zarrow, Ph.D.

Now that we've successfully finished out the school year, we want to make the most of our summer time! Here at CLI, that means preparing for next school year with trainings, new content development, and building on the gains we've made this year.

Out of the classroom, summer is a great opportunity to work with our coaches to make sure we are able to provide high quality one-on-one coaching, which is proven to better equip teachers with the skills necessary to implement best practices in their classrooms. You can check out what else we’re preparing this summer on CLI's blog.

While we’re hard at work getting even better at what we do, we want to make sure students make the most of their summers. You may have heard the term “summer slide” from teachers or parents. Summer slide is what happens when the skills students learn during the school year are lost or forgotten over the summer. When children don’t read over the summer, they can fall 2 years behind by 5th grade. Take a look at our book recommendations below to prevent summer slide.

Together, we make a difference. Happy reading!


Summer Book Recommendations

Books make great gifts for all ages, and winter break is the perfect time to share a book as a family. Whether you are shopping for a gift or looking to cozy up together over the holidays, check out our Holiday Book Guide collection!


Congratulations and Thanks to Sam and Becca!

Sam and Becca got married in May. They included CLI in their celebration by asking guests to to make a donation as a wedding gift! 

According to Sam, "When we were first dating, we shared books back and forth, discovering the lines and language that we each found beautiful. Becca introduced me to Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau; I introduced her to the poetry of T.S. Eliot and Billy Collins. Even now, we read and write in books to send one another." 

To learn more about how you can include CLI in your special occasion, please contact Jaclyn Stacy, or (215) 561-4676x175.

15th Annual Read to Me Storyteller Event

Children's Literacy Initiative is thrilled to have partnered with the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia for its 15th Annual Read to Me Storyteller Event. The lucky storytellers spent a fun morning reading books to young students in classroms across Philadelphia.


Gratitude Corner

CLI recognizes the following generous major donors for their recent contributions.

  • Sue Bailey and Peter Christman
  • The Barra Foundation
  • Julia and Joseph Batdorf
  • Christine and Leif Beck
  • David and Jennifer Bloom
  • John Bonow
  • Mary Kogut Brawley and John Brawley
  • Christopher and Tracy Bray
  • Buffalo Bayou Brewery
  • William Carius
  • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
  • William and Sylvia Cohen
  • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
  • Sara Beth Good
  • The Governor Woods Foundation
  • Jessica and Quint Graham
  • Tim and Monica Heller
  • Holman Automotive Group
  • Megan and Luke Hotze
  • The Inman Family
  • The Jacobs Family
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Mary and Justin Klein
  • The Mark Bouzek & Deborah Parks Charitable Fund
  • Gerald Mosely
  • Paul and Karon Mueller
  • Edmund and Megan Pantuliano
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Republic Bank
  • Jonathan and Alisha Risch
  • S. Albert Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation
  • Sabah Servaes
  • Shell HERO Fund
  • Adam and Sylvia Spector
  • Leonard Trombetta
  • James Troyer
  • United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • Wells Fargo Bank

CLI is also grateful to those who made donations in honor or memory of the following individuals:

  • Charlene Barry
  • Phyllis J. Braunlich
  • Gwen Gill
  • Charlie Giuliano
  • Anita Greenwald
  • Ethan Haigh
  • Mary B. Hardin
  • Kim Hedden
  • Idee Marturana
  • Martha Polley
  • Margie Rauch
  • Marilyn T. Rorie
  • Charlotte Schnieder
  • Heidi Schriner
  • Sally Seemar
  • Eugene Torpey

Raise a Glass for Reading in Houston

A big THANK YOU to everyone that joined us on Saturday, April 6th at Buffalo Bayou Brewery for a fantastic afternoon on behalf of our Houston program! The event raised over $30,000 to support the work we are doing with teachers and students in Houston. Special thanks to our event co-chairs Megan Hotze and Jennifer Jacobs, as well as the Host Committee, and to Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Buffalo Bayou Brewery for so generously sponsoring the event!


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