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Good Things Happen to Readers 2019

Author Peter H. Reynolds book The Dot

Another exciting and successful Good Things Happen to Readers is in the books!  Through a generous gift from Laurie Huizenga,  a visionary and a former teacher, Good things Happen to Readers was created specifically to encourage early reading. Now celebrating its sixth year, the program has impacted thousands of 1st grade Grand Rapids Public Schools students by putting books into their hands, hearts, and homes! This year, about 1,500 1st grade students received their own hardcover copy of the book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.

Good Things Happen to Readers, a program managed by the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation encourages GRPS first grade students to discover the joy of reading. GRPS serves a large and diverse school population, with more than 74% of the student population receiving free/reduced lunch. As a result, many students don’t have home libraries or many books to call their own.

“Good Things Happen to Readers is the perfect blend of generosity and intentionality because it emphasizes the importance of early literacy for GRPS students,” said GRSAF Executive Director, Sally Andreatta. “Today we are celebrating its sixth year! That means almost 10,000 books have been hand-delivered to every first-grade classroom in the GRPS district since the very beginning!”

On Wednesday, November 13, 32 volunteers visited 26 GRPS elementary schools and read to 77 first-grade classrooms!

The Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation is very grateful to Laurie for her dedication to literacy, GRPS and for making the Good Things Happen to Readers day a special one!

The ability to read and write effectively empowers students to become more confidently engaged with the world around them.  By partnering with the people and organizations of our tremendous community, the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation can continue to support early literacy and a love of reading for all our students and prove to them that Good Things DO Happen to Readers!


GRPS 1st graders receiving free books

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