participant_id 3056
event_id 15
charity_id 75

HEATHER LUCIANO

I AM PARTICIPATING IN Generosity Brooklyn
IN SUPPORT OF Behind the Book
$976 RAISED
$900 GOAL
Dear Friends, Family, and Colleagues:

As many of you know, and for those that don't, I am currently on the Young Executive Board of Behind the Book as Co-Chair, so this cause and fundraiser is near and dear to my heart.

Behind the Book’s mission is to inspire New York City public school students to love reading by bringing accomplished authors and their books into classrooms and creating rich, innovative literacy programs. Founded in 2003, we have since served over 12,800 students and have distributed more than 17,500 books. Our programs take place directly in public school classrooms in low-income neighborhoods. We serve students of all ages, from Pre-K to the 12th grade.

At the conclusion of last year's programs, teachers reported the following after engaging with Behind the Book in their classrooms:

-82% of students showed increased reading engagement
-84% of students have increased motivation to read
-80% of students had a better understanding of the writing process
-82% of students now have increased motivation to read.
-81% of students improved their belief in their own skills.

If you know me at all, you know how important literacy is to me and how big of a role my support to this cause has played in my life. Not only am I a publisher and have worked in the publishing industry for almost a decade, but I’ve also played various philanthropic/charitable/volunteer/committee roles at innumerable NYC-area literacy-related charities—not only through my current role at Behind the Book, but also as RE Cares Champion at Elsevier, in my former role as VP of Philanthropy of the Langone Student Government at NYU Stern School of Business while pursuing my MBA, as former Chair of Young to Publishing Group Cares, and through many other involvements.

My own love of reading, writing, and literacy (once an English major, always an English major!) has developed in me a lifelong passion to support and advance literacy initiatives so that our youth can grow into the productive, intelligent, and decent citizens they are meant to become.

I hope that you can also see the everlasting impact of the work Behind the Book is doing to support literacy, and that you will stand with me in support of this worthy cause. Every dollar counts and we could not do it without you! Thank you.
- Heather Luciano

About Behind the Book

Behind the Book’s mission is to inspire New York City public school students to love reading by bringing accomplished authors and their books into classrooms and creating rich, innovative literacy programs.





EVER WONDER WHERE YOUR
GENEROUS DONATIONS GO?


$50
PROVIDES BOOKS TO FOUR OF OUR STUDENTS.
$100
PURCHASES BOOKS FOR A CLASSROOM LIBRARY.
$250
SPONSORS ONE STUDENT FOR A FULL PROGRAM.