Children’s Book Drive

We need your help!! Literacy is such an important part of learning and we want to make sure every Stratford student has a book to read! Book drive information is below. Thank you in advance for your donation!!

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Free Libraries & Book Drive!

We are proud to open free libraries at the Sterling House Community Center and the South End Community, but we need some children’s books!! There will be a town-wide book drive in Stratford on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at the Sterling House Community Center. See flyer below for all the details and information. Hope to see you there!

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Chaz & AJ Holiday Toy Drive Donation From VSMF

Chaz and AJ support us every year for the Vicki Soto 5K so it was our honor to support them with a donation to their holiday toy drive this year. The Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, Inc. donated $2,600 to be used for the Boys & Girls Village. We hope it will make so many children’s wishes come true this holiday season!

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Books & Office Looks!

We are here until 8:30pm tonight collecting books! Stop by and see our new office! #TeamVickiSoto

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#GivingTuesday

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!

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5K Packet Pickup Information

Bib Numbers

All registered participants will receive your assigned bib number in a separate email on Sunday, October 30th. It is imperative to check for this email and know your bib number prior to arriving at packet pickup. If you are picking up for other individuals, please have their bib number and information available as well.

Packet Pickup

Save time on race day by picking up your packet in advance! Please have your bib number available prior to arriving. If you are picking up for a large group or for other individuals, please have all bib numbers and information available as well. WE URGE ALL PRE-REGISTERED RUNNERS TO PICK UP PACKETS IN ADVANCE!

Packet Pickup at Team Vicki Soto Headquarters

3333 Main Street, Suite #203 – Stratford, CT

Monday, October 31st                   10:00am – 3:00pm

Tuesday, November 1st                 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Wednesday, November 2nd          1:00pm – 7:00pm

Packet Pickup at Stanziale’s Restaurant 

595 Main Street – Stratford, CT

Thursday, November 3rd               5:00pm – 8:00pm

T-Shirts

The deadline to register and still be guaranteed a t-shirt has now past. If you registered before the October 19th deadline, you will receive the shirt size you selected with online registration. We cannot exchange any t-shirt sizes or guarantee shirts to anyone that missed the t-shirt deadline.

Limited In-Person Registration

Limited in-person registration will be available at packet pickup and on race day, however t-shirts for in-person registration are not guaranteed! Please understand that while we would love to accommodate everyone, t-shirts are reserved for those who registered before the deadline.

Book Drive

Please bring a new or gently used children’s book to donate to Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy. Books will be collected each day of packet pickup and on race day. These books will be used to support teachers, schools and classrooms in Stratford, CT.

5K Raffle

We have some incredible baskets to raffle off at the 5k this year! Tickets are $10 for 12 tickets, $20 for 25 tickets; winners do not need to be present to win. Tickets will be on sale at packet pickup on Thursday, November 3rd at Stanziale’s Restaurant and on race day. Please remember to bring your money! There will be lots of other vendors selling merchandise on race day as well.

 

For more race information, please visit the FAQ section of the website at www.vickisoto5k.com. Thank you again for your time and support!

 

LETTER: Thank You Team Vicki Soto

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.

Melissa Swanson
Grade 4
Wilcoxson School

http://www.stratfordstar.com/47997/letter-thanks-to-team-vicki-soto/

Come Check It Out — August 29th & 30th!

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