Join Anika in support of Pratham USA Readathon 2015 (Chicago)
Every book I read helps educate a child in India
Dear Friends and Family,
I could use your help…I am participating in Pratham USA Readathon 2015 because I want to help less fortunate children attend Pratham schools and learn to read, write and count well. What’s a read-a-thon, you might ask? It’s a challenge just like a marathon or walk-a-thon where I set a goal to read a certain amount within a set timeframe and every dollar I raise will not only encourage my reading efforts but help in this cause. Did you know that Pratham needs only $25 to educate one child for one whole year??
Pratham is a not-for-profit organization that is educating millions of kids in India since it was founded in 1995. It is very well known and has won many international awards for its work in child literacy and education. Pratham USA raises funds and awareness in the US for this important cause. Please visit www.prathamusa.org for more information.
I LOVE to read because when I read, I get to explore new ideas, meet new people, discover new places, add new words to my vocabulary, use my imagination and never get bored! My goal is to read 20 books, and I promise to keep you updated on my progress.
So, will you help me read, raise and reward? Please support my Readathon by making a donation to Pratham USA today. Together, we will help many children.
Thanks so much,
offline donations: $50 from iSpy Photo contest on aug 9th 2015, $300 from anonymous donor on 11/20/15.
Since my last update, I read two more books: The Report Card and The Fish in Room 11. I liked both books a lot. In The Report Card, a young girl known for getting good grades takes a stand against the grades and testing system at school by purposely getting a bad grade. She and a friend decide to show parents and teachers that learning isn’t all about competing for grades and getting high scores, it’s about what you learn and how much fun you have while doing it! Just like with reading for this fundraiser… while I have a goal, I’m enjoying all that I’m reading!
In the Fish in Room 11, a little boy was found at a hotel by the sea.
Raised at the hotel, he doesn’t have many interesting things happen to him, so when he meets a family of mermaids, he builds suspicion around them. He decides to disguise the the family as hotel guests… but it’s not very easy to hide a family that has fins and tails!
I also participated in the Chicago Public Library’s Summer Learning Challenge Explore and Soar Reading Program which concluded this week. They track how much we read and what we’re exploring and reading every week. For our success, both my brother and I won some rewards, including free books and raffle entries.
Last week, I also finished up my intense bharatanatyam dance and storytelling camp. In the last two weeks of dance, I learned a nritanjali (nrita = pure dance anjali = to give offerings). This dance is not expressional, but it has many cool steps. We had an amazing opportunity to participate in Chicago’s Dance in the Parks Festival, it was SO cool to perform on stage in front of so many people and share with them the story of Shiva through dance.
Dancing helps me use my eyes, emotions, creativity and strength to tell stories and share beautiful art.
Thank you all for reading and participating in this fundraiser with me… feel free to invite others to support this work. I’ll be back soon with more updates.
PS – looks like the video I posted last time didn’t show up, here’s the link: https://vimeo.com/134047114. Remember it’s the practice dance. I’ll share the actual performance when my mom uploads the video
Pratham USA - Every Child In School and Learning Well
Pratham is the largest not-for-profit organization providing quality education to underprivileged children in India. Pratham uses very low-cost and scalable methods and works in collaboration with the government, local communities, parents, teachers and volunteers across the country to educate millions of children every year. Pratham’s mission is “Every Child in School and Learning Well.”
Pratham USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a four-star rating (the highest possible) from Charity Navigator accepts tax deductible contributions from U.S. donors to help Pratham continue and expand its work for child literacy and education. For more information, visit www.prathamusa.org.