Book Drive! Calling All Teachers!

Before the new school year begins, The Vicki Soto Memorial Fund Inc. would like to help fill your classroom libraries! The Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy Program has partnered with the Scholastic Company “Open a World of Possible” Fund. They have generously donated over 100 boxes of books to support our literacy efforts.

The “Open a World of Possible” initiative was established to help children learn to read and love to read, which aligns with our program. Over 5,000 books from your alphabet to NY best sellers, supporting grades PreK-12 are represented. Vicki was a true believer in the mission of the Scholastic Company. Ironically, she was at their store the night before 12.14.12 purchasing books for her classroom library.

A great source of sadness was the loss of her classroom library. A great source of sadness was the loss of all of her precious books. Throughout our book drives and our literacy program, Miss Soto’s classroom libraries live on and continue to grow.

Please join us August 5th and 6th at our office located at  3333 Main Street, Suite 203 in Stratford Connecticut 06614 from 11:00am-5:00pm to stock your classroom library with books, books, and more books! Teachers, please remember to bring your teacher ID’s to receive the books for free! We look forward to seeing you there!

August 2017 Book Drive

Miss Soto Literacy Legacy, Flamingo Fun with Author & Illustrator of “Sylvie”, Ms. Jennifer Sattler

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday at the Stratford Public Library for the “Sylvie” read aloud by the author/illustrator, Ms. Jennifer Sattler! The meet and greet, book signing and kids fun time was such a great success and we loved seeing all the kid’s excited about the book! Over 3,000 “Sylvie” copies were distributed to every family in Stratford with a student in K-6th grade public schools. Have fun reading this book this summer and thank you for helping us to keep Vicki’s legacy alive!

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3000 Sylvie books were distributed to every family in Stratford with a student in K-6th grade public school. Vicki’s legacy lives on

Miss Soto Literacy Legacy, Author Reading

Please join us tomorrow as we host the author of “Sylvie” Ms. Jennifer Sattler. She will be coming to Stratford to read aloud to the kid’s and have some Flamingo Fun!

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Miss Soto Literacy Legacy, Parent Post

“Every night since our son was born we have read a story at bed time. A new book in our house is something that causes great excitement and is something we all look forward to.

Today a new book came home in my son’s backpack as part of the “Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy” and so very appropriately, is a book about a flamingo. It is with so much mixed emotion that I read this book tonight. It breaks my heart to know the truth in why this book is coming home, the truth in why the “Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy” even exists. But at the same time, it warms my heart to know that her memory will live on and that her life albeit short, had purpose and will have profound meaning for her family and my town far beyond my life.

My family will always be #teamvickisoto and we will always strive to Live. Laugh. Love.”

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Miss Soto Literacy Legacy, All 3,000 “Sylvie” Books Distributed!

All “Sylvie” books have been dropped off and distributed at all of the Stratford Elementary schools! It was a pleasure going to Franklin Elementary School to see how excited these kids were to get their books. In the green bags are 231 copies of “Sylvie”. When the children from Franklin found out that their families would be getting a copy of the book, they were overwhelmed with happiness! We also dropped books off at Victoria Soto School where teacher, Mrs. DeAngelo got the children excited for this fun summer read! Books can change lives and reading to a child changes theirs. Please take some time to read with your children and have a safe and happy summer!

Franklin Elementary School

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Miss Soto Literacy Legacy, Announcement Reveal!

School is almost out for the summer but before the last bells rings on the 2016-2017 school year, Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy has one more book to share! “Miss Soto Literacy Legacy Project” is proud to announce the final book selection for this year, “Sylvie” by Jennifer Sattler. We wanted to do something special for our community. This special addition of “Sylvie” has been printed for every family in Stratford’s public schools, grades K through 6.

Over 3,000 copies will be distributed at each school this week! This project has been a year in the making and we would not have been able to accomplish this without the help of the author and Penguin Random House Publishing.

“Sylvie” the pink flamingo, goes through a journey of self-discovery after learning the reason why she is the color pink. She tries different ways to change herself and the way she looks, but ultimately finds out that it’s simply better to just be yourself. We hope this book will “tickle you pink” as much as it did us and Miss Soto! She not only loved flamingos but kept this book in her classroom where she often read it aloud to her students. It was one of her favorites, so we hope you enjoy this book as much as she did.

“Sylvie” is the ninth book in the legacy project series and the fifth book selection for this year. Since 2015, “Miss Soto Literacy Legacy Project” has been collaborating with the Stratford Board of Education to distribute over 1,800 books to over 250 classrooms and teachers across the Stratford K-6 school district.

We also invite you to join us on June 29, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Lovell Room of the Stratford Public Library located at 2203 Main Street for a meet and greet with the author/illustrator of “Sylvie”, Ms. Jennifer Sattler. She will be reading the book out loud and will be hosting a creative art activity as well. We hope you will join us for this very special event!

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Miss Soto Literacy Legacy, Stratford Announcement Coming Soon!

Our past and present scholarship winners, as well as our Team Vicki volunteers, were very busy getting ready for a big Stratford announcement! We have something very special planned for “Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy”! Stay tuned students in the Stratford School System. Thank you to our volunteers and scholarship recipients who were a tremendous help and who are all part of the Team Vicki Soto Family.

Congratulations VSMF 2017 Scholarship Recipients

The winners of the 2017 Vicki Soto Memorial Scholarship are Jessica Taliercio of Bunnell High School in Stratford, CT, Kaitlyn Keegan of Stratford High School in Stratford, CT, Connecticut State winner Michael Rosati of St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, CT and National winner Katie Harvey from Lehigh Senior High School in Lehigh Acres, Florida. All four of our 2017 scholarship recipients are pursuing degrees in the field of education and exemplify Vicki’s passion for education.

Each of the above 2017 recipients each received a $5,026 scholarship. In addition, the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, Inc. has also retroactively renewed the scholarships for the winners from 2014, 2015 and 2016 so they may continue their academic excellence and work within their communities, carrying on Vicki’s Legacy.

The Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, Inc. is run by the Soto family and friends who are all strictly volunteers. There is no paid staff. We would not be able to carry on Vicki’s legacy if it weren’t for all of the love and support we get from the community and the country in Vicki’s name. Your generosity has allowed the foundation to provide scholarships to these deserving young men and woman who are all going into the field of education and will carry on where Vicki left off.

To date, The Vicki Soto Memorial Fund Inc., has given over $85,000 dollars in scholarships and other educational and literacy program projects. Thank you for your support as it has allowed us to give back to so many bright students and future leaders. We wish all the best for the scholarship winners as they continue their journeys as future educators. Thank you for your continued support and love!

2017 VSMF CT State Scholarship Winner, Michael Rosati!

Congratulations to our CT State scholarship recipient of 2017, Michael Rosati! Michael is from Shelton, CT and is a senior at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, CT. In the fall, he will be attending Salve Regina University, double majoring in both Elementary and Special Education.

Michael told us, “I am very excited about receiving the Victoria Soto Memorial Scholarship. I am so honored and humbled that the Soto family chose me to help make sure Vicki’s legacy lives on forever. I cannot wait to get into the classroom and begin my career with Vicki on my mind and in my heart each and every day!”

We are so excited to watch Michael as he takes on a double major in education and cannot wait for the day he is teaching in a classroom of his own. We know he will continue on with Vicki’s legacy and we are thrilled to have Michael as our first state scholarship recipient.

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2017 VSMF Stratford High School Scholarship Winner, Kaitlyn Keegan!

Congratulations to our Stratford High School scholarship recipient of 2017, Kaitlyn Keegan! Kaitlyn is a Stratford senior and will be attending the College of Charleston this fall where she is majoring in Elementary Education.

Kaitlyn said, “My heart is so full. Since I was a little girl I have always known that my heart was made to teach; that my purpose in this life was to inspire and love and teach as many children as I possibly could and to have them come out of my classroom doors knowing that they are endlessly loved and capable of anything. Vicki was everything that I aspire to be in this world. To the Soto family, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for trusting me to spread Vicki’s legacy and for seeing and believing in my passion and in my dreams. I am so humbled and extremely blessed to have received this. I do what I do everyday for the 26 dollars on the end of this extremely generous scholarship. Not a day will go by that I will not live, laugh and love.”

Kaitlyn is well on her way to becoming an outstanding teacher! We cannot wait to watch her excel at college this fall and one day be in a classroom of her own!

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