Thank you to everyone that came out this week to drop off books for Miss Soto’s Book Drive. We have plenty of books but always need more!! Our offices are now open at 3333 Main Street, Stratford, CT so please feel free to drop by anytime!
We are here until 8:30pm tonight collecting books! Stop by and see our new office! #TeamVickiSoto
Looking to donate something for our raffle at the Vicki Soto 5K this year?! We are looking for theme baskets, gift cards, items such as a Kindles, Fitbits, tablets, gift certificates to restaurants and more! Anything that can be raffled off! Last year this was a big hit, as we had so many amazing items to raffle. You will also have your name displayed on our wall (poster) of fame!! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org — as always, thank you for your support!
Today we partnered with Sterling House Community Center to give much need school supplies to our community. We challenge you to help families this back to school season in your community. We couldn’t do this without your donations and support. THANK YOU! #teamvickisoto #givingback #backtoschool
Doing some cleaning? Don’t forget to box up all your books for our book drive next week!! We are looking for K-12, grade appropriate, books in new or gently used condition. Last time we helped over 100 classrooms so help us get even more! Details below! Come check out our new office too!
Visit the official race website www.vickisoto5k.com for 5k information, race day details and to sign up now!
Emily Mackay was one of the 2014 winners of the Victoria Soto Memorial Scholarship and this summer we caught up with Emily to see how school life is going! Emily said, “College life is going great! I’m really excited to be moving off campus and into an apartment with some of my best friends this coming fall. I’ve loved every second of being at UMass and was amazed how fast such a big school was able to feel like home. While the campus gets very cold to walk across in the winter, the amazing people, great food, interesting professors and busy atmosphere, makes it worth it.”
Emily will be starting her Junior year at the University of Massachusetts in September. She is majoring in Communication Disorders with the goal of becoming a Speech Language Pathologist in an elementary school one day. Along with that, she will be receiving a minor in Education and Psychology. Emily has earned Dean’s List all four semesters at school so far and currently holds a 3.86 GPA.
Awesome job Emily!
In addition to her outstanding dedication to school work, Emily is captain of the UMass dance team, where she dances for all the home football and basketball games throughout the season. Her team also goes on to compete at the NDA Collegiate Nationals in Daytona, FL each April. Emily said, “After dancing my whole life there was really no question about whether or not I would want to continue it in college. Making the dance team at UMass really shaped my experience at school, from making friends to becoming involved on campus through volunteer work and sports events. Being a part of a team and having commitments other than school work actually helps me stay on track.”
One of the stories Emily shared with us was her involvement with “Henry Gets Moving”; an organization that spreads a positive message about eating healthy and living an active lifestyle to children. Emily said, “Through dance team I was able to help and get involved. The book “Henry Gets Moving” is about a hamster named Henry achieving his goals of changing his lifestyle to run in a big race at school. The dance team worked with other sports teams at school to teach kids sports and have a day of activity. The day ended with the kids and dance team performing “The Henry Hustle” at a basketball game at halftime. I got the chance to dress up in the hamster suit as Henry for the dance!” What a fun day and great way to get kids learning and moving!
As for what’s ahead this semester for Emily, she said, “This year I’m really looking forward to getting more involved at school. Now that I have two years under my belt, I realize just how fast college is flying by. I can’t help but feel there is more for me to do. I’m looking into various jobs and internships at school where I can learn more than I do in the classroom. I’m really excited to see what my junior year has in store!” We are so excited to see what is in store for Emily too! We know she will continue to do great things and we look forward to catching up with her again soon!
For “Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy” program we just purchased over 300 copies of “Beautiful Hands” by Kathryn Otoshi and Bret Baumgarten! We LOVE this book and can’t wait to distribute it soon!
We are very excited to announce we will be having a Team Vicki Soto Book Drive at our new Team Vicki Soto office!! We have been searching for an office space to expand our foundation and we have finally found one! This space will help us with book drives, race meetings and bib pick up for the 5k. Last book drive, we had over 10,000 books and helped over 100 classrooms. This time we want to help even more teachers! Spread the word! We are looking for K-12 grade appropriate books. Details below!