Raising Readers in Story County

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Families are our passion. We build a literacy foundation for families through our Reach Out and Read program and build upon that foundation through a variety of programs as Raising Readers in Story County works to make sure all Story County children are reading at grade level by third grade. The Geisler Family has been a Raising Readers family for many years and mom Dellisa shares that the last thing they did as a family before their daughter Ella was born in 2009 was attend Step Into Storybooks!

Dellisa and Jake Geisler have three children, Will, Ella, and Carsten. Ella has participated in summer Reading Buddies and Harrison Barnes Reading Academy. Carsten will be joining his sister at Harrison Barnes Reading Academy this fall and is very excited about it! Dellisa shares, “Ella is young for her grade (she is a May birthday) and she has always had to work a little bit harder at reading.  When Ella was in kindergarten she scored right on the lower cut off for the state FAST test and also had a hard time meeting her reading level for her grade.  I had a friend that had done the [Reading Buddies] program and we decided to try it out.  Ella's first experience was the summer after her kindergarten year.  She was paired up with a lady that was a Gilbert Kindergarten teacher that first summer and it was amazing.  Ella loved working with her.  That encouraged her to practice reading all summer that year.”

Raising Readers in Story County programs are showing parents positive literacy results. Ella started doing RRSC programs when she was a struggling reader in kindergarten and not meeting her grade level expectations.  “Right now Ella is exactly where she needs to be for third grade level expectations and seeks out books on her own to read for fun. I am eager for Carsten to participate this year and see how he grows.”  

Giving Opportunities Include:

Annual Fund

You can spread the joy of reading! Donations to the RAISING READERS IN STORY COUNTY ANNUAL FUND are used where the needs are greatest now.

Donate online by credit card:

Donate by check:
  • Write the check to Raising Readers in Story County

  • Include your name, address, phone, and email.

  • If the gift is in honor or in memory of someone, give the name and address of the person(s) to be informed.

  • Raising Readers in Story County publicly recognizes donors in our Annual Report. Please indicate if you prefer to be anonymous.

  • Send to RRSC at P.O. Box 2374, Ames, IA 50010.

  • If your employer has a Matching Gift Program, please send their form with your check.

RRSC is a non-profit organization registered in Iowa and exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. RRSC will provide an IRS acknowledgement letter to all donors.

Endowment Giving

Donations to the RAISING READERS IN STORY COUNTY ENDOWMENT FUND provide long-term stability and continue to meet needs for years to come.

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Donate by check:
  • This fund is eligible for the Endow Iowa tax credit (a 25-percent credit on Iowa income taxes) and more information may be found here.

  • Include your name, address, phone number, email address.

  • If the gift is in honor or memory of someone, give the name and address of the person(s) to be informed.

  • Raising Readers in Story County publicly recognizes donors in our Annual Report. Please indicate if you prefer to be anonymous.

  • Mail to: Story County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1666, Ames, IA 50010-1666. The Foundation will provide a tax deduction letter and the form to complete for Endow Iowa Tax Credits.

Matching Challenge (Donation matched dollar for dollar when you donate to both the Annual Fund and the Endowment)

The 2016 Annual Appeal includes a Matching Challenge. When a donor contributes to both the Annual Fund and the Endowment Fund, a match will be made to the RRSC Endowment Fund by an anonymous donor. The Annual Fund helps meet today's need, while the Endowment Fund ensures we help well into the future.

Memorials & Honorariums

Gifts to RRSC can be made to honor or remember a loved one. Please specify when you make your gift.

Other Ways to Support Raising Readers

Raising Readers in Story County receives a portion of the sales for any purchase made when you shop at Amazon.com through their Smile program. Just go to www.smile.amazon.com and select Raising Readers in Story County as your non-profit organization.

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