No Rest For The Weary

By now, many of you have likely seen Reach’s exciting news. I have been selected as a finalist for the 2011 Echoing Green Fellowship. 27 organizations remain in the running out of the original 2,854 applicant organizations. I will travel to New York City on May 5th to take part in three days of interviews. I should find out whether I am selected as a fellow sometime in late May or early June. This is HUGE news for Reach. I am very, very excited.

If selected, Reach will receive $60,000 over the next two years. Additionally, Echoing Green provides a health care stipend and a professional development stipend. Most exciting, the fellowship provides access to an unbelievable cohort of social entrepreneurs, the other fellows. This work can often be isolating, so working with such an incredible group would be a fantastic experience!

If I am selected as a fellow, I know it will lead to bigger and better things for Reach. And maybe, just maybe, more stories like the one shared by Reach volunteer Bevin Butler. For a variety of reasons (don’t worry, all of them legitimate and excused), we were missing 6 of our tutors today. Bevin helped us out by working with one of our young readers, Aaron. She shared the following story:

After Aaron finished the antonym page, he wanted to do one of the word searches. I told him I’d pick three books, and he had to choose one of the three for us to read.  He chose the MLK book, but wanted to finish the word search first.  I flipped his paper over and told him I’d make him a deal – we’d read 5 pages, then he could find a word, then we’d read another 5, then he could find another word, etc.  We get a few pages in and I figure I’d best make good on my end of the bargain, so turned his paper over and told him he could look for one word then, but he pushed the paper aside, picked the book back up and said “No, I just want to read!”

We are very excited about the progress we have made thus far. No time for rest, though. There is so much to be done – Let’s get to work!

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Mark

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