Please join me in supporting Children Rising!

Why I'm running my first 5k

I'm running a 5k for the first time in my life! Probably also my first time ever running more than a mile! Please join me in supporting Children Rising. Two of the people I love most (my mom and one of my best friends) work together to lead Children Rising's Succeeding by Reading Program, dedicated to improving literacy outcomes for under-resourced children across Oakland. 

Together, one child at a time, we can make a generational change in our community - nurturing and equipping vulnerable children to rise above challenges created by generations of poverty, violence, and educational inequity. 

Since 2001, Children Rising has partnered with under-resourced community schools in the East Bay, coming alongside thousands of struggling children and youth. Last year, 400 children were given the gift of foundational learning, improved self-confidence, and the sense of hope that always follows. But there are so many more loving and intelligent children who deserve the same chance to learn and have a much better opportunity to realize their potential as they grow.

Children Rising has the audacious goal of empowering 2,000 students each year by 2022!

Please join me as we all work together to empower many more of Oakland’s most vulnerable children rise to their potential! My goal is to raise $500, which will equip 20 caring adults to serve as reading or math tutors.

All it takes is twenty $25 donations, or ten $50 donations. I appreciate your support! 

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My Supporters

  • Karin Stryker In honor of Rebecca B! April 2020 $100.00
  • Steven Buckley April 2020 $50.00
  • Mario Blanco Gonzalez April 2020
  • Joanne Buckley Go Melissa!! A very worthy cause. April 2020
  • Melissa Buckley April 2020
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  • Karin Stryker In honor of Rebecca B! April 2020 $100.00
  • Steven Buckley April 2020 $50.00
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