in Bloomfield......for families in the Bloomfield School District
"Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers."
-Harry S. Truman
Bloomfield - How It All Started...
After many years as a reading teacher in Bloomfield, Elizabeth Mosher saw a real need to encourage a love of reading long before children start school. In fall 2007 she received a grant from the Wayne Finger Lakes Teachers' Resource Center to fund her dream, "Bloomfield's Budding Readers Program". Elizabeth's idea was to start at birth and bring all the materials needed to grow a reader right to the parents' door. Since then the program has blossomed, reaching new parents and their babies.**
In 2009, leadership of the Bloomfield Program passed to Ann Rosati, a retired colleague from Bloomfield Elementary. Ann devoted more than six years nurturing both the Bloomfield Program and the overall Budding Readers Program.
**Early donors who helped keep the momentum going were The Grant Fund and The Spindler Family Foundation.
Elizabeth Mosher & Ann Rosati
The Bloomfield program is currently coordinated by Elizabeth Mosher and Linda Farrell, both retired teachers from Bloomfield Elementary. The program provides a free "bundle" of books, perfect for inquisitive little hands, and our Parent Guide, filled with tips on how to cultivate children's listening, speaking, and reading skills. Books for siblings through age 7 are also included. To date more than 240 "bundles" have been delivered to families in Bloomfield.
Budding Readers also provides a new book for each entering UPK and Kindergarten student at Bloomfield Elementary.
Do you know a Bloomfield baby or expectant mom?
Contact Elizabeth (585) 703 - 4894, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
or Linda: email@example.com to request a free bundle of books.
Budding Readers volunteers often greet families at the Bloomfield Memorial Day Parade, providing free books and our Parent Guide to families attending the parade with infants.