Project Read Together Inc
13885 Siena Loop
Lakewood Ranch FL 34274-0157
Mission
Our mission is to provide, little free libraries, books and  engaging, multisensory literacy instruction and enrichment to children in the community through connections with teachers in training, teachers and volunteers.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Professor Anna Vigliotti
Board Chair Affiliation State College of Florida
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2015
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2017
State Registration Yes Oct 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $3,497.00
Projected Expenses $3,497.00
Impact Statement
Project Read Together (PRT) began as a for profit reading company in 2012; joining elementary students, teachers in training and college and university students in the community in engaging, multisensory literacy events. We have been servicing Sarasota county children through Sarasota County summer programs.
This year, we became a nonprofit organization in order to have a broad outreach to low income students and all students in the community.
Our top accomplishments include:
 
1. We have kept the mission of introducing reading to students in an engaging, fun, multisensory literacy activities.
2. To increase exposure to reading to large groups of children in the community.
3. To increase the use of reading fluency proficiency techniques
4. To increase reading confidence and desire to read.
5. Creating a united literacy movement in the community by joining college students/ teachers in training, student volunteers and elementary students in engaging literacy events; as well as providing little free libraries and books to community parks and centers.

Our goals are:
1. To continue to connect students of all ages through engaging literacy events through new and current models; and
2. To expand our outreach to low income areas and students, in order to bring literacy to all students in our communities.
Needs Statement
1. Consumables: Materials and Supplies for students and overall programming   $1,000.
2. Additional support for bureaucratic/financial operations: $1,000.
3. Volunteer insurance: $1,500.
4. skilled volunteers: We need volunteers with experience in the essential areas of marketing, fundraising, photography and event planning, to help us increase our organizational effectiveness.
5. Employee salaries: $4,000
Background Statement
Project Read Together (PRT) began as a for profit reading company in 2012; joining elementary students, teachers in training and college students in the community in engaging, multisensory literacy events. We have been servicing Sarasota county children through Sarasota County summer programs for several years. This year, we became a nonprofit organization in order to have a broad outreach to low income students and all students in the community.
Project Read Together was started by Professor Anna Vigliotti. She has been an instructor with State college of Florida since 2007. She teaches in the Teacher Preparation Institute and has also taught in the Language and Literature Department, teaching college preparatory reading and college level reading courses. She has over 20 years’ experience in the field of education. She has taught students of all ages from Kindergarten to College.

Project Read Together is a not-for-profit educational organization. We Provided fun literacy instruction to children through community connections.
We aim to bring love of reading to students through exposure to multisensory reading activities and kinesthetic movement.
The aim of Project Read Together is to expose all children to the love or reading, increase reading fluency and confidence in all children in our communities. Project Read Together connects teachers, post- secondary education students and k-12 students in the community through engaging literacy instruction and events.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments We have been servicing Sarasota County for the past four years. This year, our goal is to broaden services and expand outreach to new regions.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Project Read Together (PRT) has evolved from a successful for profit company to a nonprofit organization this year, in order to reach all students in our communities with enriching literacy events.

We are focused on a fantastic new year of growth and expansion through community engagement. At PRT, we believe all students can love reading. We want to share literacy with students in every community and make our programs accessible to everyone.

Through new partnerships and an increased community presence, Project Read Together is highlighting community connections through literacy by raising our visibility and passing on the value of reading in every community. Through leadership, advocacy and grant seeking, PRT will reach our goals in a variety of different ways in 2015 and beyond.

We plan to expand our literacy programs to more communities. We plan to provide free books to children through engaging and innovative platforms. We also plan to continue to expand our networks and outreach for program expansion through fundraising and volunteerism.

For the past years, we hosted unique literacy events, employed college students, college teachers in training and mentored young student volunteers. PRT is providing opportunities to teach reading, practice reading for fluency and share the love of reading with students of all ages in our communities. In addition, we are constantly collaborating with colleagues, peers and other organizations for increasing opportunities for teacher training experiences, infusing literacy in the community, resource sharing, and strategizing.

2015 was another successful year of employing our college and high school youth in the community. We employed students from University of South Florida, State College of Florida, New College of Florida, IMG academy. We provided volunteer opportunities to grade school students who want to be teacher helpers and become leaders in the community. We continually invite college students to mentor and donate their many skills to grow our programs.

Also in 2015 we joined the Sarasota Community Foundation's Giving Fund. This is a data bank that with publishes nonprofits' profiles.

Project Read Together agrees to a commitment of transparency by answering questions about our results, leadership, needs and financial history.

As we look towards our new year, Project Read Together is committed to continue increasing the ways in which we support literacy in our community.

We invite you to join us.

Professor Anna Vigliotti Founder Project Read Together.

Programs
Description

For the past three years, Project Read Together (PRT) has joined elementary students, teachers in training and college students in the community in engaging, multisensory literacy events. We have been servicing Sarasota county children through Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Summer Programs for three consecutive years.

Each year we have hosted unique literacy events such as Reader’s Theater with Sarasota County Parks and Recreation.

For over three years, PRT has employed local college and high school youth in the community. We employed students from University of South Florida, State College of Florida, New College of Florida, IMG academy. We provided volunteer and mentor opportunities to grade school students who want to be teacher helpers and become leaders in the community. This year, we plan to expand our literacy programs to more communities and to provide free books to children through engaging and innovative platforms.

Budget $1,475
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Other Economic Level
Short Term Success

By the end of each Reader’s theater event 100 % of students in the program will have been exposed to and participated in small group repeated reading using mulitisensory literacy techniques. Also, 100% of students will have collaborated with peers and mentors in small group practice reading sessions. 100% of students will have participated in large group final reading productions.

Short term success is immediate when students receive exposure and participate in adult and peer literacy mentorship.

Long Term Success

Long term success will be measured by repeated student attendance and interest in community literacy events, student lifelong desire and appreciation for reading; which will be determined over long term studies/surveys.

Program Success Monitoring

Currently the tools used to monitor this new pilot program has been camp counselors’ annual feedback and Sarasota County Director feedback along with verbal student feedback.

Since the program has developed into an annual event, we now intend to implement brief individual student surveys at the end of each session.

Program Success Examples

Our Reader’s Theater production has received very positive reviews from Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Director Dianna Finnegan and her camp counselors three consecutive years in a row.

However, one recent and significant anecdote occurred after Reader’s Theater Summer 2015, a group of fifth and sixth grade girls approached me and several of my staff as the program had ended and we were dismissing the group. They asked us if we had business cards to give to their mothers so that they could attend another Reader’s theater in a community setting such as a local library. My teacher assistants were thrilled at the request as was I. This was evidence that the children enjoyed the reading event and would continue to attend other such literacy events under our direction. This was an exciting moment for me as the program creator and director and also for my college teacher’s in training. They got the euphemistic “aha moment” that is so much discussed in teacher preparation courses. The program was a great success.

Comments
Program Comments by Organization


CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 4
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations

We have been servicing Sarasota county children through Sarasota County summer programs. We now wanted to expand this program to low income communities in order to reach children who cannot afford to attend summer programs.

We want to bring this literacy program free of charge or for minimal charge to communities in order to provided engaging literacy instruction and enrichment to children in the community. We have serviced over 500 children each summer for the past 4 years through Sarasota county Parks and Rec.

PRT has achieved this by connecting preservice education students, teachers and volunteers.

We have employed and connected students from State College of Florida, New College, University of South Florida and IMG academy. We also have young student volunteers who have been volunteering during our productions as student helpers.

External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service AwardState College of Florida Martin Luther King Day of Service Award2016
Risk Management Provisions
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
Management Comments by Organization

The “Little Free Library” project has positively impacted several parks and communities within Sarasota county. In the short term, the children received free books and book bags and were introduced to the Little Free Libraries and how to use them.

In the long term, this project impacts children, families and neighbors within each community by providing free books, encouraging love of literacy and making literacy rich community spaces.

Research tells us reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80 percent of low-income children miss this crucial milestone.

Little Free Libraries aims to address this need not only by providing free books, but also providing stewardship by children and the adult community to maintain and replenish the libraries. These areas serve as meeting grounds to discuss books and unite communities.

Board Chair
Board Chair Professor Anna Vigliotti
Company Affiliation State College of Florida
Board Term Sept 2015 to Sept 2017
Board Chair Email anna@projectreadtogether.org
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. David Moskowitz Ph.DNed Davis Research
Mr. Gabriel Moskowitz New College of Florida
Professor Anna Vigliotti State College of Florida
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 2
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization

Project Read Together’s Little Free Library Program has proven to be a successful model.

Success was tracked by tracking reports from Sarasota County Parks and Recreation management leader. Reports were also taken by our volunteers who monitor and replenish the Little Free Libraries on a regular basis.

Reports are that the libraries are being utilized as planned, books are being taken and repacked and the community is very engaged and excited in the this resource.

Book bags and free books were given to children and adults in the Community during Martin Luther King Day 2016.

The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Sarasota has received book bags with logos to remind them to seek out the Little Free Libraries as well.

Governance Comments by Foundation Organization is new--board attendance rate reflects three board meetings in 3 months.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $3,497.00
Projected Expenses $3,497.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$400----
Administration Expense$58----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.22----
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$100----
Current Assets$100----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$100----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $558----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Last year Project Read Together received a grant from State College of Florida/The Martin Luther King foundation. We received a total of

$3497.00. We are pleased to announce the entire amount was spent and resources were distributed to Sarasota County Parks and Recreation and Natural Resources, The Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota and children and families in the Newtown neighborhood district.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the unaudited compilation.
Nonprofit Project Read Together Inc
Address 13885 Siena Loop
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34274 0157
Phone 941 284-6768

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