Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)
 Chapter

About Room to Read Chapters

Room to Read depends on our chapter leaders and chapter members to help us achieve our annual fundraising goal and to represent Room to Read. Our chapters are comprised of groups of individuals who have made a long-term volunteer commitment to promoting Room to Read within their networks and communities. The chapters organize annual fundraising events, introduce us to potential corporate, foundation and individual supporters and act as representatives for Room to Read within their area.

About the 
Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)
 Chapter

Email: dallas@roomtoread.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RoomtoReadDFW
Twitter: www.twitter.com/RoomtoRead_DFW
Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Room-to-Read-Dallas-Ft-Worth-Chapter


Room to Read’s Dallas Fort Worth Chapter was established in 2011 with a goal of achieving global literacy and gender equality in education. Our mission is to raise awareness of literacy needs and improve access to education by contributing to our award winning national organization. We partner with local businesses, community organizations, and schools to raise funds for education in developing countries, while promoting literacy and leadership in Dallas Fort Worth.

Help us make 2014 another great year!

Meet the 
Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)
 Chapter Leaders

 
Ken Smith and Susan Swan Smith - Chapter Co-Leaders
Ken is VP at Vector Systems Inc. and President of VAWT Manufacturing Inc. Ken is CASA Volunteer Advocate and brings with him 30 years of experience in operations and management. Susan serves Communities Foundation of Texas as Chief Relationship Officer and holds MA Degree in educational leadership from GWU. She has also served as Assistant Head for Dev. & Ext. Affairs at Hockaday School.

Scott Lamberty - Events Team Leader
Scott previously spent 9 years working in a sales role for a global technology leader. He currently owns and operates an internet marketing company. Scott has been active in various DFW Room to Read roles since 2011.
Lisa Marshall - Students Helping Students
Jean Lamberty - Students Helping Students
Lisa is the Lead Instructor at Readers 2 Leaders in West Dallas where she works with struggling readers and at-risk youth. Lisa holds degree in social sciences and human rights.

Jean is a writer, and part of the boards of Women’s Southwest Federal Credit Union and WordSpace, a local literary organization. She has taught English, literature and ESL at the college and high school levels.
Linda Forrest - Volunteer Coordinator
Debbie Dennis - Communications Coordinator
Linda lived overseas for 10 years as an expat ‘trailing spouse’ and mother of 3 boys. She got involved with RTR after moving back to the US. Linda sees education as a key to success.

Debbie is a Product Director at Fiserv, a lifelong learner(just completed an MA in Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga U) and a passionate reader who believes every child should have an opportunity to learn.

Upcoming Events

December 7th, 2014
Chapter holiday party at the home of Linda and Jim Forrest.  email dallas@roomtoread.org for address and directions.  5-8pm, potluck.  More information to come via email and social media 

January 10th, 2014 - Chapter Meeting

Communities Foundation of Texas. 5500 Caruth Haven, Dallas, TX.

Join us for our next chapter meeting at 10:00 a.m. as we discuss the opportunities to give more children the opportunities that education brings.  This meeting will introduce new officers and committee team leaders.

February 28th weekend - COWTOWN 5k/10k/half marathon !  Join our team as we raise funds with our yearly participation in the Cowtown Marathon weekend !  Walk, jog, run and/or just donate! 

March 14th - chapter meeting  - location pending, time 10am.

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NEWSLETTER

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Read-A-Thons
Read-a-thons are fundraising events that benefit local students while they earn money to support students in developing countries where Room to Read works. Students do extra-curriculum reading to reach a specified goal (number of pages or number of hours). In Title I schools this then translates into a dollar amount that has been pledged by a local individual or business; for other schools we offer matching funds for the amount students raise up to $2,500. Students can choose to donate the money to any of the countries Room to Read serves, and can specify how the money will be used, such as for books, girls' education, or buildings. By participating in a Read-a-thon, students read more than they otherwise would have, learn about other cultures, and have a sense of giving to less fortunate students.
 
We want to thank the schools who have participated in a DFW chapter Read-a-thon.   If your school is interested, contact us at dallas@roomtoread.org
 
Peak Preparatory (Dallas)
Webb Elementary (MISD)
Press Elementary (MISD)
Denton Public Library (Summer Reading Program)
Good Shepherd Montessori (McKinney)
White Rock Montessori (Dallas)
Legacy Preparatory (Richardson, Dallas, and Mesquite)
 
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ON-GOING ACTIVITIES

Join the Room to Read Check out Challenge!

This is your opportunity to fill a library shelf with books, commission an author to write a childrens book in their native language or build a library.   Click here to see how you can make a difference. 


Students Helping Students

Students Helping Students (SHS), is a youth movement to raise funds and awareness for our work. By joining, you're standing up for global literacy and girls’ rights to go to school. Contact Lisa Marshall or Jean Lamberty at dallas@roomtoread.org  to find how you can contribute to SHS program in DFW area. Check out the website for ideas at your local schools and campuses!  

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SPONSORSHIP
Do you want to sponsor future Room to Read DFW events?  Please contact us and let us know! We are looking for corporate or individual sponsors for our 2014 events.  
Contact us at  dallas@roomtoread.org 

THE BIG BOOK OF IDEAS
Need an idea (or two) to help raise funds for Room to Read?  Take a look at our 'Idea Book' that's packed with great fundraising, awareness-raising, and event ideas. 
 


Event Photos

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Past Events

Girl Rising Screening
One girl with courage is a revolution!  This incredible movie introduces you to nine girls from nine countries from the developing world who face tremendous challenges to achieve their dreams.  Lots of new faces at our screening of this film at the Angelika Film Center in Plano.   When leaving, one guest said "every school child should see this film,  it is a great reminder of the education opportunities that we enjoy."

In Vino Educatis 2014
Thanks to all the volunteers and attendees to our third annual In Vino Educatis.   We enjoyed a picture perfect night on White Rock Lake and raised funds to establish sustainable literacy projects and provide girls with support and resources to stay in school.

Cowtown 5k/10k/Half marathon 2014

We had a great group of runners/walkers for the Cowtown weekend!  You are still able to click here to donate and support our Yak Pack team.  All donations go towards sponsoring a local Read A Thon in DFW !  

Booktober Fest
We had a VERY SUCCESSFUL BooktoberFest!  The proceeds from the event will help promote literacy with local children through Read-a-thon school programs in Dallas-Ft. Worth, as well as provide much needed books for children in Asia and Africa.

Thank you to all of our sponsors listed in our event flier for BooktoberFest 2013 and  thank you to all of our Room to Read DFW supporters. 

Namaste World Yogathon!
Our first time to participate in this Room to Read global event and we raised enough money to provide 5 girls each a year of education!  Thanks to all the yoga supporters! 

In Vino Educatis 2013

Our second annual In Vino Educatis raised money to support the local Read A Thons in the Dallas area.  In turn, these schools support Room to Read!  Its another 'win win' for Room to Read!  Thank you for your continued support and remember 'World Change Starts with Educated Children'! 

2012 Wine Tasting Event

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the wine tasting fundraiser for South Africa! I hope you enjoy your engraved Room to Read wine glasses! 
We raised just over $900 for Room to Read South Africa!!  

Beers for Books

Our very first Beers for Books event that was held in September 2012. we raised enough money at to have 398 books printed in local languages for schools overseas!  Way to go Dallas Fort Worth Room to Read!

 

Get Involved with the Chapter!

Volunteer with your local chapter: We're thrilled to hear of your interest in getting involved with the chapter! Volunteering with a Room to Read chapter is not only a great way to help further Room to Read's mission, but also to meet new people! Volunteer opportunities include helping to plan events, giving small presentations about Room to Read's work, and introducing Room to Read to new supporters! If you would like to learn more, please update your profile by filling out the Volunteer Form.

 

Organize your own fundraiser or start an online campaign: Whether you’re running a race, encouraging wedding guests to donate in lieu of gifts, hosting a party at your home, or raising money just because you believe in our mission, the personalized fundraising tool will allow you share the Room to Read story with your friends and family through your own web pages and email messages. You can also track the success of your email campaigns and your progress towards your fundraising goal. Check out our Friends Asking Friends section!

 

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