Today the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, Inc. will deliver 250 copies of the book “Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch” across our community as part of Miss Soto’s Literary Legacy Project. We had the honor of working with the books’ illustrator to make this all possible. If you have children in the Stratford School District, we encourage you to ask them about the book, Miss Soto Literacy Legacy, and how their class is getting involved!
Today we hosted co-author and illustrator Kathryn Otoshi of “Beautiful Hands” at The Vicki Soto School and Wilcoxson Elementary School. Below are pictures of Kathryn Otoshi’s visit, reading her book and inspiring our students. “Beautiful Hands” was the first book in Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy for this school year and was distributed to over 200 classrooms in Stratford to be read by over 5,000 students.
Miss Soto Literacy Legacy is proud to announce the Stratford Schools 2016-2017 books for the year. Starting in October, classrooms across K-6 will receive copies of “Beautiful Hands” by Bret Baumgarten, followed by three more books. Our incredible teachers will present these titles and their lessons for literacy and character development throughout the academic school year. Thank you to everyone who supports the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, Inc. as you are helping to make our programs a reality.
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!
This week the second book in the Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy is being read in over 200 classrooms in Stratford! The book is called, “What To Do With A Tail Like This” by Steven Jenkins and Robin Page. The book teaches kids about what different animals can do!
Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy project has officially launched! Thank you to everyone who joined us at Stratford Library for the reading of our first book, “Snowflakes Fall” by Steven Kellogg. This book was also read across all classrooms in the Stratford school district. There will be many more books and readings to come!
We are excited to announce, in partnership with The Stratford Library and Stratford Board of Education, the launch of “Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy Project”! This project will provide mentor books to each K-6 grade classroom for creative and innovative learning, as well as mentor texts; a text in which students will learn strong morals like including others, accepting differences and random acts of kindness. The official launch will happen on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 3:30pm in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room. The first book will be “Snowflakes Fall” by Steven Kellogg. For more information, please visit: http://www.stratfordstar.com/41941/stratford-library-to-host-vicki-soto-project/
Dear Team Vicki Soto,
I cannot thank you enough for always supporting the children, parents, and teachers of our town, most recently through your town-wide book drive. Please know that as a teacher, it was such an overwhelmingly wonderful feeling to see how many people were willing to donate books to benefit our children and classrooms. These books will be treasured once again, and will quickly find their way into the hands of eager readers.
So many teachers have students with a wide range of reading abilities and strengths. To be able to find books at these students’ instructional level was meaningful in ways that go beyond reading skills and ability. Providing a child with a book that he or she is able to read successfully helps us to give them the confidence and motivation to continue to learn and grow.
New teachers, or those who are new to a grade level, were able to walk away with bags and boxes of books, which they will use to start or add to their classroom libraries. Many or most of the books available for children to read in their classrooms are purchased or supplied by the classroom teachers themselves. The Team Vicki Soto book drive gave Stratford teachers a place to go to find valuable resources that will support our students’ individual needs, interests, and their self-confidence.
It is so incredibly moving to see all of the wonderful and impactful ways Team Vicki Soto continues to honor Vicki’s legacy of love and learning. The town-wide book drive which supported our teachers and students, the Miss Soto Free Library, as well as the Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy programs are just some of the ways that she continues to make a difference in the lives of children. Because of the wonderful work that you do, all of our students in Stratford are, in a way, “Vicki’s kids.”
On behalf of the teachers of Stratford,
I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
As 2015 comes to a close, we want to thank everyone for their continued support. While the heartbreak and pain never goes away, the support we continue to gain from across the country is amazing. The country has not forgotten our hero, as we never will. Our community continues to support our family in so many ways including the opening of the Victoria Soto School this August and allowing us to put on our 3rd 5K which was a huge success, thanks to all involved. We have started the Miss Soto’s literacy program in our town and hope to expand this coming year. It warms our hearts when we see “Team Vicki” shirts and hoodies out in the community or in pictures on Instagram. We may not come up to you but know we do notice and thank you. There are so many things to mention, we ask you to continue visiting our website for all the up to date information on our foundation.
Personally, our family was blessed with a baby boy in June who brings joy and light to our lives. Vicki’s siblings have been successful as well. Jillian is working with a survivor group and attending college, Matt at our local community college and Carlee raising her beautiful son with her husband Brent. All help to run the foundation. And mom tries to keep it all together. We could not accomplish what we do without our families-you know who you are!
We will continue to honor Vicki and hope she is smiling down on her family and friends as we continue to spread her legacy to LIVE LAUGH + LOVE <3
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Donna, Jillian, Carlee, Matt, Brent and Kyllian
On this Giving Tuesday we just want to say thank you for continuing to support us as we keep Vicki’s legacy going. When you donate to VSMF, shop in our ETSY store or run in the Vicki Soto 5K you help us continue to do the following:
The Vicki Soto Memorial Scholarship; awarded annually to local and national students pursuing a college degree in the field of education
Miss Soto Literacy Legacy Project; book donations every academic year to support K-6 schools, classrooms and teachers
Substantial financial support to Stratford Board of Education to bridge the gap in literacy funding
Funding of Stratford K-2 after school tutoring programs
Funding of Stratford Library programing for the arts, music, theater and creative classes
Mentor texts that promote anti-bullying and support acceptance, kindness and self-worth
Town-wide literacy and library efforts
Funding of individual local teachers “donors choose” projects that public education budgets cannot support
Book drives and the creation of classroom libraries
Financial sponsorship of academically gifted students in summer learning experiences
Support of other nonprofit educational organizations that promote education
The Vicki Soto Memorial Fund Inc. is an official 501c(3) public charity organization. Thank you for your continued support!