RES Gives Back – Pajama & Book Drive Update!

Thanks to the amazing dedication of our RES PTA volunteers and the tremendous and generous response from our RES community, we are happy to report the success of our 2018 Pajama and Book Drive! This effort helps make bedtimes a little cozier for less fortunate kids in our region by sharing new pajamas and favorite new books with them. This year we collected 82 pairs of pajamas for girls and 83 for boys, and we also are donating 87 new books to go with them. We are so grateful to be part of such a generous community!

A Message From Our President: Fairfield Day of Giving.

Below is a special message from our RES PTA President, Lisa Goldstein, in honor of Fairfield County Giving Day on March 1, 2018. 

Hello RES PTA Families –

We wanted to let you know that tomorrowMarch 1, is Fairfield County’s Giving Day.  What does that mean?  It’s a one day event for the people in and around our community to show our collective support for organizations that make a difference in our lives.  The idea started more than 20 years ago when five smaller non-profits got together to promote philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County.  It has now grown to the point that last year alone, this amazing day of giving raised $1,465,246 donated by 13,718 individuals for 414 nonprofits.

While we are not formally participating in the event, we wanted to take this opportunity to support some of the organizations right here in Redding that provide incredible resources and activities for our kids, our families and our community.  If you would like to make a donation, we are sure they would greatly appreciate your support!

The Mark Twain Library

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Redding & Easton

New Pond Farm

To learn more about Giving Day:

March 1, 2018
powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
24 hours to give where you live

RES Gives Back – 2018 Pajama & Book Drive!

Don’t forget one of our big spring charitable collections for our wider community, the Pajama & Book Drive. We ask our RES families to send in a new pair of pajamas and a new book to help a child in need enjoy a comfortable, cozy story time. We are proud to partner with community organizations to help our RES students learn to share their good fortune.

The details: on MARCH 2 (this Friday!) send in the pajamas and book in a bag, labeled with the gender/size information. You should look for pajamas in sizes 5-12. If you would like to benefit the RES PTA with your purchase, use the Amazon Smile program and select Redding Elementary School PTA as your benefiting charity!

Black History Month Book Roundup!

We’re nearly through Black History Month, which is a great time to reflect how we can continue to bring diversity and Black voices in our homes the whole year through. One easy way to do that is by choosing kids’ books that feature people of color. Here are some great lists to get your started — you can find these at our amazing library, local independent bookstores and, of course, Amazon (where you can choose to benefit the RES PTA when you shop through the Amazon Smile program!).

Black Boy Joy: 30 Picture Books Featuring Black Male Protagonists – some great choices for younger readers; Last Stop on Market Street is a particular favorite in our home.

Broadening the Story: 50 Picture Books Starring Black Mighty Girls – picks for younger kids, from toddler to grade school. Girl of Mine and Ada Twist Scientist are well-loved here.

20 Children’s Books Featuring Black Characters Every Child Should Read – choices from a mom blogger from board books to chapter books!

34 Young Adult Novels to Diversify Your Bookshelf – YA novels that feature people of color for your older students ready for some more complex narratives.

And maybe it’s time for you to diversify your OWN reading list! Check out this great Book Riot post with some suggestions for grownups (or pick up one of our recent faves, The Hate U Give or Sing, Unburied, Sing!). Happy reading!