Meet Aubrey! 2560 1707 Way to Grow

Meet Aubrey!

In a year and half, the confident, go-getter Aubrey went from being a cautious, nervous reader to loving books of every kind. Most importantly, she is now reading at grade level with an infectious smile! Aubrey’s family educator, Alison, first met Aubrey and her family seven years ago. Through her many accomplishments made alongside Way…

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Meet Brian! 7971 6000 Kate Kinkade

Meet Brian!

On a chilly Saturday morning, Brian arrives at the Way to Grow office with bright red sneakers, a flashing light-up watch, a smile just short of one front tooth, and an important question on his mind: “Did you know that the blue whale has the biggest heart in the world?”     Brian is a…

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Abubakar: a reading superstar! 3986 3000 Payton Gresczyk

Abubakar: a reading superstar!

Maryan and her four children have been enrolled in Way to Grow programming for over seven years! They have worked closely with their warmhearted and dedicated Family Educator, Shany, since 2014. The youngest of the four children, five year old Abubkar, has been excelling in school and Shany has been very impressed with his desire…

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Magers & Quinn Spotlight 3334 1459 Kate Kinkade

Magers & Quinn Spotlight

We are so thankful for our Community Partner, Magers and Quinn Booksellers! Thanks to their talented Outside Sales and Outreach team members, Christine and Charlie, Way to Grow is able to put unique and culturally relevant books in the hands of children and families. Christine and Charlie spend time working directly with booksellers and publishers…

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Welcome to the Team! 3334 1459 Kate Kinkade

Welcome to the Team!

We are excited to welcome four new team members at Way to Grow! Learn a bit more about Mariana, Sheena, Tomi, and Jeanetta. Mariana Villegas Ramírez Family Educator Tell us a little bit about yourself!  I moved to the Twin Cities from Mexico in 2011 to continue my undergraduate program in Human Resources Development from…

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Living Generously 3334 1459 Kate Kinkade

Living Generously

Way to Grow is deeply thankful for the financial support we receive that allows us to serve the most isolated families in Minneapolis, and ensure that children are born healthy, stay healthy, and are prepared for school.  Last year, we served 1,720 children and parents through 11,139 home visits.  With your great support, we can…

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The Page Amendment 3334 1459 Kate Kinkade

The Page Amendment

[Updated February 3rd, 2022] Way to Grow is proud to endorse the Page Amendment in partnership with Our Children MN. The 2022 Minnesota legislative session (#MNLEG) began this week, and we need your help to get the Page Amendment on the November ballot. According to a 2019 report published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Minnesota students of color, as…

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Third Grade Graduation 6285 2744 Payton Gresczyk

Third Grade Graduation

Last Wednesday, we said “congratulations!” to our 43 third graders as they graduated from the Way to Grow Great by Eight program. Graduation was held on zoom and was filled with cheerful faces of our Way to Grow students and their amazing families. The celebration featured fun and animated story time with Ellie McKay, an…

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Summer Tutoring Initiative 3327 1441 Kate Kinkade

Summer Tutoring Initiative

This summer, Way to Grow is partnering with Literacy Minnesota’s Summer Reads program! Literacy Minnesota hires AmeriCorps VISTA members and provides literacy education training to young Summer Reads mentors. Way to Grow provides a supervisor, technology, and supplies! The Summer Reads mentors offer virtual small group reading and writing instruction for children in order to maintain and…

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Meet our New Staff! 3334 1459 Payton Gresczyk

Meet our New Staff!

We are excited to welcome six new team members at Way to Grow! Learn a bit more about Angela, Payton, Daniel, Dawn, Kate, and Fartun! Angela Hamilton Recruiter & Resource Advocate Tell us a little bit about yourself! My name is Angela, I live in Minneapolis. I grew up in Minnesota most of my life,…

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Family Fun: Post-It Note Games 800 350 Maren Nelson

Family Fun: Post-It Note Games

Keep learning year-round with indoor actives like this! Sent to us by our Preschool Pals teachers, you can adapt the game to different skill levels. You will need: A blank wall or door (or even the front of the refrigerator), sticky notes, marker.  Step 1:Write each letter of the alphabet on a different sticky note, and put them…

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Donations Made in Honor of Black History Month 2560 1707 Maren Nelson

Donations Made in Honor of Black History Month

We were thrilled to learn our wonderful Family Educator Collette was selected to receive over 350 school supplies and books from the Kids in Need Foundation (KINF), sponsored by PNC Financial Services Group! In honor of Black History Month, PNC provided diverse and age-appropriate books, in addition to the many school supplies we received from KINF. These amazing donations are now making their way…

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