The season of giving and gratitude is here. We are thankful for the worldwide community of literacy champions and LitClub children who are changing the world with their stories. With your support, right now we can help many more children become story strong!
Honoring a LitWorld Hero: Bill Krupman
It is with a heavy heart we share with you the recent passing of our founder Pam Allyn's father, Bill Krupman. As LitWorld's Chief Advisor, Bill's inspiring wisdom nourished the growth of LitWorld and he was a tireless champion for children. Bill joined a 2011 LitWorld trip to Kenya and Rwanda where his self-declared mission was to listen to the stories of our LitKids, those who face the hardest roads to travel, and he honored their stories with his support for our work. Bill's extraordinary spirit will live on through the children of LitWorld and all they are accomplishing with the power of literacy.
We dedicate our Annual Appeal campaign this year to Bill. Our goal is to raise $450,000 by December 31st so that we can deepen and expand our programs for children whose challenging lives are made more hopeful by the power of stories and words. From the Za'atari Syrian refugee camp to the Detroit public schools, with your support we can be sure Bill's legacy lasts forever.
Make a contribution to The Bill Krupman Literacy Legacy Fund. Share this blog post with your friends and family, inviting them to join you in supporting LitWorld's Annual Appeal. Follow LitWorld on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to track our Annual Appeal progress and to join our #GivingTuesday social media campaign on December 2nd.
Stand Up for Girls: Honoring Stories of Strength
Our 10,000 Global Girls community mobilized for Stand Up for Girls, LitWorld's day of action in honor of the International Day of the Girl. On October 11th, LitWorld leaders in 15 countries held Story Summits, local events that bring girls and trained mentors together to celebrate their own strengths, share their stories with confidence and courage and learn from one another's experiences.
Let us together champion every girl's right to a literate future year-round through LitWorld programs. Be sure to check out photo highlights from worldwide Stand Up for Girls celebrations on the LitWorld Facebook page.
Reading is Magic
LitWorld's Founder, Pam Allyn, was recently on NPR talking about what it takes to transform every child into a lifelong reader and about the importance of giving kids time to read and ownership over their reading lives. Listen to the interview here.
World Read Aloud Day grew out of these same core ideas. On March 4th, 2015 people everywhere will give and receive the magic of reading aloud. Together we will celebrate the idea that such a simple, joyful action has a powerful impact on a child's future literacy success. Visit our World Read Aloud Day page to learn more!