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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.

  • Henderson Middle School

    School or Library
    Students Grades 6-8
    Richmond, VA USA
    Needs: 75 Magazines
    Magazines Requested Oprah, Ebony, Cobblestone, Highlights, Cricket, Calliope, OWL, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic for Kids, Kids Discover, ASK, Ranger Rick, Zoobooks, Dig, Boys Life, Teen Magazines and Music Related Titles.

  • Adult Literacy Plus Of Southwest Arizona

    501(c)(3) Charity, School or Library, Adult Education, GED
    Yuma, AZ
    Serving a minimum of 150 students a month ranging in ages from 16 to 70 years old. Reading levels range from third grade to first-year college levels. However, the most common age of students is between 19 and 35.
    Needs: Approximately 150 magazines per month
    Magazines Requested: Magazines showing places, people, and animals around the world. Any magazines about hobbies or sports. Magazines that open students’ eyes to the world around them.

  • Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Org (HERO)

    501(c)(3) charity
    Greensboro, AL
    Serving the following number of monthly readers by age:
    Young (5 – 8yrs): 50
    Youth (9-13yrs): 20
    Teens (13-19yrs): 50
    Parents (20-45yrs): 50
    Grandparents (45yrs +): 50
    Magazines Requested: Education or travel magazines

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