SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club – Make Way for Books

Dick Kroese

Ally Baehr, the Chief Operating Officer of Make Way for Books, presented to the SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club. Established in 1998, Make Way for Books’ mission is to give all children the chance to read and succeed. Make Way for Books works to empower economically-disadvantaged young children with the emergent literacy and language skills they need to thrive in the classroom and throughout life. They do this by reaching them with meaningful early literacy experiences before they enter kindergarten. Over the past 21 years, Make Way for Books has demonstrated a high impact in empowering parents, supporting educators and increasing young children’s emergent literacy and language skills. By using these techniques, they have helped increase overall kindergarten readiness for these children.

Make Way for Books creates positive and sustainable change for children and families throughout southern Arizona through the principles of innovation; collaboration and by cultivating diverse partnerships. They continue their commitment to high-quality work, with constant improvement and the tireless passion for achieving their mission so more children will have the chance to read and succeed. Last year more than 400 volunteers contributed their time to help them achieve their mission. Each year, Make Way for Books serves more than 30,000 young children and families as well as more than 700 educators.

SaddleBrooke Sunrise meets every Thursday at 8:00 a.m. at the MountainView Bistro, East Room. All are welcome.