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Making Rain for Grassroots Literacy

by John Mennell

WPBanner_cirlce1This is to introduce and to thank Carrie Scherpelz a very talented designer who knows her way around the children’s media and magazine publishing industries – and her community.  Carrie is a great champion of our literacy work and our first Advisory Leadership Circle member to serve as a MagazineLiteracy.org Ambassador in Madison, Wisconsin.  She is modest about her role as a rainmaker, but has already made important contributions to our mission by helping us to understand and connect with local resources and networks of kindred spirits.

One time, I walked from Washington DC to Boston in 30 days to spotlight hunger in America – 1 million steps.  It was a daunting idea cooked up at a breakfast cafe after one too many cups of coffee.  How did I do it?  By taking a first step – then another – then 999,998, or so, more.  The point is that every idea is a journey – and an idea can only begin by starting – by putting one foot in front of the other – by taking a first step and then following that with more.  The first step is the hardest and an extremely valuable indicator for success – but you need that first one.

Kids NewsstandI’m telling you this to illustrate that everything we do at MagazineLiteracy.org starts with an idea and then a first step or person or team – followed by others.  Ours is the first ever global magazine industry-wide literacy celebration.  Our first magazine delivery was sponsored by a software company in Columbus, Ohio.  Tens of thousands of magazines followed.  Our first magazine recycling project was organized by a classroom of kindergarten children in San Francisco who collected magazines from their families and classmates for delivery to a nearby homeless shelter.  Now people and teams in hundreds of communities recycle magazines for literacy.  Our first magazine drive at a supermarket newsstand – like a food drive – but sharing our favorite magazines to feed children and families hungry to read – was organized by a New Jersey Boy Scout to earn his Eagle Rank.  One newsstand down – 45,000 to go.

Join us to light the MagazineLiteracy.org fire in your community – helping to get the magazines we love into the hands and homes of kindred readers – to change the world – one magazine, one child, one family, one community at a time.

  • Street Youth Ministry

    501(c)(3) Charity
    Austin, TX, USA
    Needs: 20 magazines per week
    Magazines Requested: Car, Cooking, Traveling, Gardening, Organic Farming, Science, Nature, Body Building, and Religion magazines.

  • Marymount of Santa Barbara

    School or Library
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Serving male and female students from junior kindergarten through eighth grade (ages 4-13)
    Needs: Magazines for 150 students from September 15 to May 15.
    Magazines Requested: Science, current events, animals, bikes, sports, books, writing, national geographic, track, space and astronomy, aviation week, smithsonian, sports illustrated

  • Project Shoe Box

    Foster Care, Care Packages
    40 male and females age 5-18
    Wauwatosa, WI, USA
    Needs: 40 Magazines
    Any Magazines

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