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Monadnock RSVP honored for its literacy program

Monadnock RSVP of Keene and Peterborough has received Volunteer NH’s 2013 Spirit of New Hampshire Outstanding Program Champion Award – Nonprofit for its signature program “America Reads” — a national literacy program that helps children in kindergarten through third grade become proficient readers.

“We are thrilled that America Reads and the volunteer tutors are being recognized,” says Katharine Baird, director of Monadnock RSVP. “The high effectiveness of this program is due to the collective effort between the America Reads Program Coordinator, Suzette Borden, schools, teachers, and volunteers.”

Since 1998, this program has grown to 10 schools. Currently, 68 volunteers are working with teachers and staff to develop educational activities tailored to individual students. Volunteers make a critical impact on students’ reading, but they also demonstrate the value and joy of learning and develop mentoring relationships with students. The Spirit of New Hampshire Award is an annual recognition administered by Volunteer NH in collaboration with the Office of the Governor. The Volunteer Program Champion Award recognizes outstanding volunteer programs that provide the infrastructure for volunteers to be successful in their service. Awards in the Volunteer Program Champion category honor excellent program management, fund development efforts that sustain volunteer programs, and commitment of time and resources to engage employees in community volunteer roles.

The 2013 Spirit of New Hampshire Awards will be presented on Nov. 14 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.

Monadnock RSVP, a Senior Corps program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, engages more than 300 older adults in service opportunities at 45 nonprofit and public organizations in the Monadnock region. Monadnock RSVP is sponsored by Monadnock Family Services, a Monadnock United Way agency.

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