WORDS HAVE POWER TO TRANSCEND

October 22, 2015: Transcend barriers and narrow points of view by reading and listening to the words of people unlike yourself.

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61% of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children.

WORD OF THE WEEK

SURREPTITIOUS: Secretive, sneaky.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“Prejudice of any kind implies that you are identified with the thinking mind. It means you don’t see the other human being anymore, but only your own concept of that human being. To reduce the aliveness of another human being to a concept is already a form of violence.” Eckhart Tolle

“The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.” Clint Eastwood

“There is no prejudice so strong as that which arises from a fancied exemption from all prejudice.” William Hazlitt

ACTIVITY UPDATE

Thanks to generous donors, Word Rebel is excited to deliver Disney Classics to 120 children at 2 of our BKSNY Day Care partners.

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WORDS HAVE POWER TO FREE

October 15, 2015: You are your true self when you are completely free with your words and actions. Be free and allow others to be free in your presence.

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In the U.S., 50% of adults cannot read a book written at an eight grade level.

WORD OF THE WEEK

LAGNIAPPE: A special kind of gift.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“The secret to happiness is freedom. The secret to freedom is courage.” Thucydides

“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice. If you are a man, you take it.” Malcolm X

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” Mahatma Gandhi

ACTIVITY UPDATE

We are so excited to use revenue from AmazonSmile to bring more books to families living in subsidized housing projects.

  1. Visit: smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign in to choose your charity
  3. Select “Word Rebel Incorporated”
  4. Bookmark smile.amazon.com (not amazon.com) for future shopping!

WORDS HAVE POWER TO EXPLORE

October 15, 2015: Thanks to you, 240 kids will be exploring weird new worlds through books!

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In the U.S., only 50% of parents read daily to their pre-kindergarten children.

WORD OF THE WEEK

UBIQUARIAN: Someone who goes everywhere.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings…And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.” Mr. Rogers

“Nothing is so dangerous to the progress of the human mind than to assume that our views of science are ultimate, that there are no mysteries in nature…” Humphrey Davy

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…” Mark Twain

ACTIVITY UPDATE

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, 240 books are en route to 3 of our day care partners in Brooklyn! All 3 sites are Shirley Chisholm Day Care Centers run by some of our favorite day care partners, Ms. Adams, Ms. Wright and Ms. Perkins!! These amazing Program Directors are excited to send every single child at their site home with their very own hard cover book.

Word Rebel chooses books that can be read again-and again to help parents build home libraries and a culture of literacy. This book shipment includes modern-day classics such as Olivia Goes to Venice! Stay tuned for pictures of the kids with their brand new books!
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WORDS HAVE POWER TO CELEBRATE

October 8, 2015: To celebrate National Poetry Day, help fund our weekly parent emails (now including book, tips and a fun poem). It’s FREE for you! See below.

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In the U.S., 44 million adults are unable to read a simple story to their child.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

PENUMBRA: A half shadow.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“When we acknowledge that the earth we walk on is not just dirt, that the trees and animals are not just resources for our consumption, then we can begin to accept ourselves as spirits vibrating in unison with all the other spirits around us.” Sobunfu Some

“I walked through the valley of my fate is all, and learned to love what I could lose…To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals ‘really’ know.” Barbara Kingsolver

“Money is good but man is better, because he answers when you call.” West African oral tradition

ACTIVITY UPDATE

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  3. Select “Word Rebel Incorporated”
  4. Bookmark smile.amazon.com for future shopping!
  5. Always log in to smile.amazon.com (not amazon.com) and .5% of your purchase will support Word Rebel!
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WORDS HAVE POWER TO CONNECT

October 1, 2015: Ask questions, express interest, reveal vulnerabilities and start to learn.

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6 out of 10 households do not buy a single book in a year.

WORD OF THE WEEK

SCINTILLA: A spark or very small thing.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“The greatest gift you can give anyone is your undivided attention…” Will Schwalbe

“The era of separate destinies has run its course. In that sense, the end of the world has indeed come for everyone of us, because no longer can anyone live by the simple carrying out of what he himself is.” Cheikh Hamidou Kane

“Everything is linked. Everything is alive. Everything is interdependent.” Amadou Hampate Ba

ACTIVITY UPDATE

We are so grateful to Global Literacy Organization for awarding us a Barnes and Nobles Gift Card in their Global Literacy Contest. We can not wait to purchase some of our favorite books for one of our day care partners. We are also excited to be collaborating with them to expand our reach in future literacy initiatives. Stay tuned.


WORDS HAVE POWER TO FILL

September 24, 2015: Fill your day with words. Look at the intention behind your words. Choose words that build, heal, inspire, praise and love. Use words that fill hearts with joy.

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Reading aloud is a proven technique to help children cope during times of stress and tragedy.

WORD OF THE WEEK

INGLENOOK: A cozy nook by the hearth.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“In the final analysis, what is sought in material accumulation is the regard of others and thereby dominion over them.” Dr. Raymond Johnson

“I consider progress – that which is called ‘development’ – to be about fulfilling one’s full potential as a human being in order to be a broadcaster or receiver of values.” Joseph Ki-Zerbo

“Will we be extremists for hate, or extremists for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice, or will we be the cause of justice? Maybe the South, the nation, and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.” Martin Luther King Jr.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

After last week’s site visits. Nearly 2,500 parents are signed up for Word Rebel’s weekly email-text service. Hundreds of parents who didn’t have access to email, are already loving their weekly text-message tips to build vocabulary! Children are excited to receive children’s e-book classics including Harold and the Purple Crayon!


WORDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

September 17, 2015: Use words to make a difference every day.

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Of all children (age 3 – 17) surveyed, 8 in 10 said they love(d) being read aloud to at home – the main reason being it was a special time with parents.

WORD OF THE WEEK

INEFFABLE: Unutterable, inexpressible.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw

“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.” Ani DiFranco

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Ian MacLaren

ACTIVITY UPDATE

We are so grateful to everyone who donated to Word Rebel’s Global Giving campaign. As a FirstBook recipient, your donation now goes further as we have access to discounted (.75 cents – $5.00) award-winning children’s book classics. Thanks to your generosity and FirstBook, 90 “Olivia” books are en route to 2 Harlem day cares. We raised 50% of our goal to send all 5,000 children home with their very own book. Donations are still accepted at our website. PLUS…we are excited to upgrade our weekly email to you and parents. See what thousands of parents receive below!
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WORDS HAVE POWER TO FREE

September 10, 2015: Make a difference every day. Because, why not? It only takes $3 to give a child a book.

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In the U.S., 50% of adults cannot read a book written at an eight grade level.

WORD OF THE WEEK

LAGNIAPPE: A special kind of gift.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“The secret to happiness is freedom. The secret to freedom is courage.” Thucydides

“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice. If you are a man, you take it.” Malcolm X

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” Mahatma Gandhi

ACTIVITY UPDATE

We are so excited to use revenue from AmazonSmile to bring more books to families living in subsidized housing projects, like those at our partners at Union Settlement Day Care.

  1. Visit: smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign in to choose your charity
  3. Select “Word Rebel Incorporated”
  4. Bookmark smile.amazon.com (not amazon.com) for future shopping!

WORDS HAVE POWER TO STRUGGLE

September 3, 2015: Life is not meant to be a struggle. Life is meant to experience the best version of ourselves and to use our unique gifts to bring joy to others. But many of us struggle every day. Many parents struggle to make ends meet, or to make “it” work when ends don’t meet. Word Rebel fights the cycle of poverty at its source by giving children the words they need to close the achievement gap BEFORE it starts. Word Rebel gives underserved, overwhelmed parents the words, books and literacy training they need to feel empowered to make equality…and ease…a reality for their children.
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74% of high-income parents have received advice that children should be read aloud to from birth. Only 47% of low-income parents received this advice.


WORDS HAVE POWER

“I had rather make history than write it.” Susan B. Anthony

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” Bob Marley

“The earth has music for those who listen.” Shakespeare

WORD OF THE WEEK

INURE: To become jaded.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

We are so grateful for the opportunity to give underserved, overwhelmed parents the words, books and literacy training they need to feel empowered to make equality…and ease…a reality for their children.

Are you willing to help?

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WORDS HAVE POWER TO TREASURE

August 27, 2015: This week, treasure every moment of summer. Think about the gift of the sun on your face and warm rain on your skin. Don’t forget to use your words to treasure the people in your life.
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By four years old, a child in a low-income household will hear 125,000 more words of discouragement than encouragement.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“Those who are awake live in a state of constant amazement…if we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” Buddha

“Sometimes you will not know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Dr. Suess

“Realize deeply the present moment is all you have. Nothing has happened in the past; it happened in the now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the now.” Eckhart Tolle

WORD OF THE WEEK

HALYCON: Happy, sunny, carefree

ACTIVITY UPDATE

$15 = buys 5 books for children living in low income housing projects in NYC.

Why not collect a $3 cover at your Labor Day Party so that every guest can feel good about donating a book to 1 child living in poverty? You and 20 friends have the power to build an entire library! Thank you for your support in this campaign.


WORDS HAVE POWER TO NOTICE 

August 20, 2015: The act of noticing can NOT be overrated. This week, notice the beauty in every moment you experience and every person you encounter.

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Less than 50% of five-year-olds have parents who read to them on a daily basis.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“Those who are awake live in a state of constant amazement…if we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”
– Buddha

“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”
– Henry Miller

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
– Henry Miller

WORD OF THE WEEK

CYNOSURE: A focal point of admiration.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

As September nears, we are excited to start scheduling another round of site visits to partner day cares like the one servicing children in the Summer Housing Projects. As we collect parent emails and phone numbers to send e-books and text message tips to help parents build vocabulary, more parents will know the big impact of small words. More parents will consciously make verbal observations, point out new vocabulary during meal times and morning commutes, and help their children notice and use words to describe the beauty in their own communities. The more words parents teach, the more children can describe, imagine and create.

In addition to words, our goal is to provide 1 hard copy book to every child we serve. But we need your help. Can you collect as few as 30 children’s books at a book drive bash? Can you raise as little as $90 at a beers for books fundraiser with friends? Or forgo your latte for a week to donate $25 on your own? Notice your impact on the world. You have the power to help a child in need. Do not miss your chance.


WORDS HAVE POWER TO REMEMBER

 August 13, 2015: This week don’t let daily stressors and frustrations leave you feeling hopeless or overwhelmed; Remember your reason for being here and the reason you started. Remember your higher purpose behind everything you do.081315

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43% of adults read at or below the “basic” level.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“Real power is showing up with your heart on your sleeve and absolutely refusing to waste one moment of your life hidden behind edginess and armor.”
– Jeff Brown

“Be like the flame of a candle, which, in spite of being up against the light if a billion stars, remains intact, because it beer pretends to be more than what is is: a mere candle.” – Don Juan

“The whole purpose of being alive is to evolve into the person we were intended to be.” – Oprah

WORD OF THE WEEK

EBULLIENCE: Bubbling enthusiasm.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

It’s August! That means thousands of new one, two and three your olds our enrolling in Word Rebel partner day cares, and their parents are learning why and how they should build vocabulary from birth!

Word Rebel is now on AmazonSmile! With one click, select Word Rebel as your charity of choice
This means that whenever you shop at Amazon, .5% of your purchase price will be donated to Word Rebel, at no additional cost to you!


WORDS HAVE POWER TO DREAM

August 6, 2015: Without words, you would not be able to express your goals and dreams. This week, don’t take for granted your ability to share your hopes and dreams with likely and unlikely supporters. Use words to make your dreams a reality.

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As early as the 1980s, leading psychologists have proven again and again that Head Start programs have only “small to moderate” positive impacts on the literacy and vocabulary of low-income four year olds. Research shows that the problem is not programming. The problem is timing. Interventions must start from birth.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive…The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the person you were intended to be.”
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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
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“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.”
Ronald Reagan

WORD OF THE WEEK

PETRICHOR (noun): The pleasant smell of rain that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

It’s August! That means thousands of new one, two and three your olds our enrolling in Word Rebel partner day cares, and their parents are learning why and how they should build vocabulary from birth!


WORDS HAVE POWER TO UNITE

July 30, 2015: This week, find common ground, make connections and create a sense of community. Use your words to bring out the best in your family, friends and coworkers.

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80% of low-income high school students score below grade level in reading.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
– Mother Theresa

“Each time a man looks into your eyes, he is only searching to find himself; for he knows already, that he is a part of you.”
– Jeremy Aldana

“I will smile at friend and foe alike and make every effort to find, in him or her, a quality to praise, now that I realize the deepest yearning of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
– Og Mandino

WORD OF THE WEEK

GILDEROY (noun): A proud person.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

Word Rebel is now on AmazonSmile! With one click, select Word Rebel as your charity of choice.
This means that whenever you shop at Amazon, .5% of your purchase price will be donated to Word Rebel, at no additional cost to you!


WORDS HAVE POWER TO BREAK
July 16, 2015: This week, use your words to break the cycle of poverty. Help parents actively build their children’s vocabulary from birth to four. Share this email with friends, family members and coworkers able to get involved.

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Over $25 billion will be spent this year on universal pre-k initiatives, even though zero interventions have ever been able to close the vocabulary gap past the age of four. The achievement gap will not be closed until all children learn 1,100 words from birth to three.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Poverty has many roots, but the tap root is ignorance.”
– Lyndon B Johnson

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

WORD OF THE WEEK

TEMERITY (noun): Excessive confidence or boldness; audacity.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

Word Rebel is now on AmazonSmile! With one click, select Word Rebel as your charity of choice.
This means that whenever you shop at Amazon, .5% of your purchase price will be donated to Word Rebel, at no additional cost to you!


 

WORDS HAVE POWER TO MOVE

 

July 9, 2015: This week, use words to move yourself closer to your goal, and to help move others forward.

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The number of books in the home is still the best predictor of a child’s future education and income level, regardless of parental education, income, geographic location or race.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairytales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairytales.”
– Albert Einstein

WORD OF THE WEEK

SINECURE (noun): A position holding little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefits – a.k.a. “cushy” job.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

It was an exciting week, visiting 35 day cares in the Bronx and Brooklyn. Our partners are excited to introduce new and returning parents to Word Rebel’s email and text message service. Ms. Baxter, from the YWCA in Coney Island, shared that parents were especially excited to use Word Rebel’s resources to effortlessly switch to Pediatricians that included literacy training and free books as part of their child care!


WORDS HAVE POWER…TO LIBERATE

July 2, 2015: This week, we celebrate the liberty, equality and freedom of all Americans. Words, like books, are a great tool to liberate yourself from suffering by noticing the gift in the present moment or imagining a brighter future. At Word Rebel, we know the number one way to give all people an equal opportunity to succeed in school and beyond, is to teach them 1,100 words by preschool. Use your words to LIBERATE or free yourself and others from the injustice in your current life.

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In 1959…

55% of the black population lived in poverty.

18% of the white population lived in poverty.

In 2011…

26% of the black population lived in poverty.

11% of the white population lived in poverty.

While the income gap has closed from 37% to 15%, it will not and cannot close completely until every child begins school with an equal chance to succeed.

WORDS HAVE POWER
“Equality is the soul of liberty; there is no liberty, in fact, with out it.”
– Frances Wright

“Lock up the libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
– Virginia Woolf

“Educate and inform the whole mass of people…They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
– Nelson Mandela

WORD OF THE WEEK

KAIROS (ancient Greek concept): A moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens all at once; the right or opportune moment.
ACTIVITY UPDATE

We are raising awareness about the importance of reading in elementary schools in New York and Boston. One 5th grader, Sebastion, shared: “Education is the key to freedom!” His classmate, Amaya wrote: “What can reading mean? Equality, freedom, cleverness, college, success, justice, learning, I.Q., opportunities, fun.” SEE MORE


WORDS HAVE POWER TO ENJOY

June 25, 2015: This week, use your thoughts and words to enjoy every part of the world around you. Can’t do it? Change the parts of yourself, your job or your relationships that you don’t enjoy!

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The number one contributor to happiness is not money, relationships or success. It is “autonomy” – the feeling that your life is self-chosen and self-endorsed.

While Word Rebel’s goal is teach every child 1,100 words by preschool, our true goal is to give every child an equal opportunity to the academic foundation VITAL to living a fulfilling and autonomous life.

WORDS HAVE POWER
“Nobody else knows your reason for being. You do. Your bliss guides you to it. When you follow your bliss, when you follow your path to joy, your conversation is of joy, your feelings are of joy – you’re right on the path of that which you intended.”
– Esther Hicks

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
– Steve Jobs

WORD OF THE WEEK

PERSIFLAGE: Light, good-natured banter.
ACTIVITY UPDATE

We are also excited to connect our day care partners and parents to free books via collaborating book distributors, including First Books, Kids Need to Read, Roads to Reading, Imagination Library, Scholastic FACE, and Reach Out and Read. We manage lengthy application processes to ensure overworked and underfunded day cares have access to as many books as possible. One of our partner Executive Directors, Angela, thanked us for making it possible to  send every child home with over five new books this year!


WORDS HAVE POWER TO CHALLENGE

June 18, 2015: This week, challenge yourself to view the world from a new perspective. Disagree with a person or a group of people’s choices or viewpoints? Put yourself in their shoes. Learn about their past experiences and background. Read up on their reasoning. Anyone can be understood.

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40% of U.S. fourth grade students are NOT fluent readers.

WORDS HAVE POWER
“Yes, I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can find his way by moonlight, and see the dawn before the rest of the world.”
– Oscar Wilde

“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.”
– Napolean Hill

“The hardest thing in the world is to let others be.”
– Carlos Castaneda

WORD OF THE WEEK

AGROOF: To fall flat on your face.
ACTIVITY UPDATE

This week, we are excited to reconnect with day care partners in Manhattan and Harlem. One partner, Jeannette Diaz, who runs a a day care on the ground floor of a subsidized housing project, shared parent responses to Word Rebel weekly emails:

“Before, parents didn’t know what to do with the books they did receive from our library. They’d ask, ‘What do I do with this, just read it once?’ Your guiding questions to build reading skills have been a huge help. Most of the parents also have very little time with their kids other than the commute to and from the daycare. Knowing they don’t need expensive books or lots of time has been huge. They like the vocabulary words and the strategies because they say, ‘hey, I can do that, just one little thing every day’. They can teach their kid vocabulary in a few minutes walking down the street or sitting on the bus…The parents who didn’t have access to your emails will be excited for the new text feature.”

See a sample parent email HERE.

Share how #wordshavepower in your life!


WORDS HAVE POWER TO TRANSFORM

June 11, 2015: This week, transform your point of view on reality. Change the way you see your life and the people around you.

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By 18 months old, low-income children are already 6 months behind in terms of  language development.

WORDS HAVE POWER

“Your soul is not from the world of form; this explains why the world of form cannot fully satisfy your soul.”
– Sampo Kaasila

“Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.”
– Henry Van Dyke

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body. Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.”
– C.S. Lewis

WORD OF THE WEEK

SILLAGE (noun): The scent that lingers in air, the trail left in water, the trace of someone’s perfume, the impression made in space after something or someone has been and gone.
ACTIVITY UPDATE

We are raising awareness about the importance of reading and words through schools in Manhattan. This week some 2nd graders at the Dwight school shared their favorite words. Favorites include: Periwinkle, love, power, romantic, grace, dog, heart, excited, magic, family and hot dog!

View drawings of their favorite words and reading memories! 

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Forward this email to friends, family and coworkers eager to get involved!


WORDS HAVE POWER TO REFUSE

June 4, 2015: This week, refuse to listen to words of doubt, criticism, insecurity, or worry. Refuse to accept anything than the best possible life for yourself. Refuse to accept inequality, injustice, or unequal access to wealth and opportunity.

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This week’s shocking statistic:

Black and Latino students are more educationally segregated today than they were two decades ago.

WORDS HAVE POWER
Words to live by:

“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”
– Herman Hesse

“Pay no attention [to your thoughts].  Don’t fight them.  Just do nothing about them, let them be, whatever they are.  Your very fighting them gives them life.  Just disregard.  Look through.  You need not stop thinking.  Just cease being interested.  Stop your routine of acquisitiveness, your habit of looking for results and the freedom of the universe is yours.”
– Nisargadatta

WORD OF THE WEEK
Build your own vocabulary:

UXORIOUS (adj.): A man who is excessively fond of or overly submissive to his wife; A man who dotes on or adores his wife.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

We are raising awareness about the importance of reading and words through Uncommon Charter Elementary Schools in Brooklyn and Boston. This week a very wise little 5th Grader, Taylor Campbell, shared why reading matters to her:
“Words mean a lot. Words can put that big smile on your face that you never thought you can find but when you hear the most amazing words you see that smile. There are some words that can hurt really bad but don’t worry because there are always those amazing words that someone can tell to make you feel good.”

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WORDS HAVE POWER TO DELIGHT

May 28, 2015: This week use all of your words and thoughts to bring joy, hope, spontaneity, humor and delight to yourself and others.

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This week’s shocking statistic:

On a typical day, children living below the poverty line hear 616 words, while children living in affluent homes hear 2,153 words.

WORDS HAVE POWER
Words to live by:

“For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I want to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.” Carlos Castaneda

“Illusions mistaken for truth are the pavement under our feet. They are what we call civilization.” Barbara Kingsolver

WORD OF THE WEEK
Build your own vocabulary:

JEJUNE: Uninteresting, dull, or empty.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

We are raising awareness about the importance of reading and vocabulary through Uncommon Charter Elementary Schools in Brooklyn and Boston. This week, Saadia, an elementary student in Boston, shared why reading matters to her: “Reading is your freedom..Reading helps me enter, succeed in and graduate from college.”

Reply or use #wordshavepower on social media to share why words and reading matter to YOU!


 WORDS HAVE POWER TO CELEBRATE

May 21,2015: This week, use your words to celebrate all of the people who are (or used to be) in your life: Notice, recognize, respect, thank and compliment them. Who could use some celebrating?

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This week’s shocking statistic:

69% of African-Americans who dropped out of high school are now jobless. The source of the problem and the solution can be found before a child sets foot in preschool.

WORDS HAVE POWER
Words to live by:

“Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstamces, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.” Don Miguel Ruiz
“Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.” Marianne Williamson

“To seek freedom is the only driving force I know. Freedom to fly off into that infinity out there. Freedom to dissolve; to lift off; to be like the flame of a candle, which, in spite of being up against the light of a billion stars, remains intact, because it never pretended to be more than what it is: a mere candle.” Don Juan

WORD OF THE WEEK
Never stop learning…

PLUTOMANIA: Obsession with money and possessions.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

We are thrilled to announce that Word Rebel has officially received 501(c)(3) non-profit status from the IRS. Donations are now 100% tax deductible retroactive to our incorporation on April 30, 2014.
Your donations have been used to print and distribute educational resources that:

  • Teach 5,000 parents about the importance of building vocabulary from birth.
  • Teach 5,000 parents HOW to build vocabulary and reading skills when they have limited time and access to books.
  • Subscribe 1,000 parents to our email that delivers 3 e-books and 3 vocabulary-building tools every week. Beginning in June, all 5,000 parents will have access to these resources via weekly text messages.

So far, we have connected our 60 day care partners to free books by managing hundreds of applications to charitable book donors. With 501(c)(3) status and access to broader resources, we are committed to donating high-quality books directly to 100 day cares serving 10,000 children by 2016. You can help!

JOIN OUR #5FOR50 CHALLENGE
100% of 5-for-50 donations will purchase high-quality books for children.Get a team of friends, relatives, coworkers or classmates to raise money for 50 books:

  • Get 5 friends to give $50 each
  • Get 50 people to donate $5 each
  • Every $1 matters. Forward this email to at least 5 friends. Join the challenge.

WORDS HAVE THE POWER TO WAKE

May 14, 2015: With summer weather finally here, it is easier to wake up to the constant beauty that surrounds us. Use your words to wake someone else up to the miracle of their life. Don’t shoot down someone’s hope. Breathe life into their dreams (and your own)!

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SPREAD THE WORD
This week’s shocking statistic:

Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. 85% of the time, adults do NOT intervene.

WORDS HAVE POWER
Words to live by:

“Those who are awake live in a state of constant amazement…If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” Buddha

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”  Henry Miller

“To be awake is to be alive.  I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.  How could I have looked him in the face?”  Henry David Thoreau

WORD OF THE WEEK
Never stop learning…

HABSELIGKEITEN (German): Things that an adult might find worthless, but that a child regards as treasures.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

This past year, we educated 5,000 parents about the importance of reading from birth. 1,000 of these parents had access to our weekly email for free e-books and vocabulary-building tools. We are excited to now offer these free weekly resources  to all 5,000 parents…via text message!!

We also strive to donate as many hard-copy books as possible…BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to purchase 1 hard cover, high-quality book for every child we serve! Convince 5 friends to donate $25, to help us reach our goal. DONATEand receive a personalized thank you card from one of the children we serve!

Ask a local book store, school, office or cafe to host a book drive!

Every $1 matters! Share this with friends and family eager to get involved!


WORDS HAVE THE POWER TO TEACH

May 7, 2015: In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day, give thanks to all the great teachers in your life, including you family members and yourself! Never stop learning and never forget what you are teaching others through your daily words and actions.

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SPREAD THE WORD
This week’s shocking statistic:

Every year, 1.3 million high school students do NOT graduate.

WORDS HAVE POWER
Words to live by:

“Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion.”  Buddha

“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”  Henry Miller

“Don’t let yourself be weighed down by what other people think, because in a few years, in a few decades, or in a few centuries, that way of thinking will have changed. Live now what others will only live in the future.” Paulo Coelho

WORD OF THE WEEK
Never stop learning…

GRENJAI (Thai): That feeling you get when you don’t want someone to do something for you because it would be a pain for them.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

May is Children’s Book Month!! As school years draw to a close, we are excited to reconnect with partner day cares to meet incoming families for the 2015-2016 year! Parents will learn about the importance of building vocabulary from birth, and children will receive free e-books!


WORDS HAVE THE POWER TO REMEMBER

April 30, 2015: This week, remember to feel gratitude for the positive moments in your life. Remember to never take hurtful words or actions personally as they are usually careless projections that have nothing to do with who you are. Remember to live like a child, being 100% present in the moment without worrying about the past or future.

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SPREAD THE WORD
This week’s shocking statistic:

Male High School dropouts are 47 times more likely to be incarcerated than college graduates.

WORDS HAVE POWER
In honor of Poetry Month, words to live by:

“The poet is the priest of the invisible.” Wallace Stevens

“The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.” Christopher Morley

“When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.” Dean Jackson

WORD OF THE WEEK
Don’t forget to build your own vocabulary:

SELCOUTH: Unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvelous

ACTIVITY UPDATE

May is Children’s Book Month!! If you enjoy these weekly emails and want 1,000+ NYC children to keep receiving 3 free books a week via THEIR weekly email, organize a BOOK DRIVE or FUNDRAISER! In the meantime, enjoy one of our subscriber’s favorite poem, “Teddy Bear,” a perfect reminder to never stop “playing” and to never forget to live in the carefree joy of the moment:

Teddy Bear
Robert G. McHugh

I left him there just yesterday,
Then I went out to play.
I’d forgotten all about him
’til I thought of him today
When I stopped by a museum
And saw him on display.
Has it really been that long ago
Since I went out to play?

Want to see YOUR favorite poem in next week’s post? Simply email joinwordrebel@gmail.com! Thank you for sharing this with friends and family eager to get involved!


WORDS HAVE THE POWER TO BREAK

April 23, 2015: Have you ever broken someone’s spirit with your words? Have you ever broken a barrier between yourself and a (supposedly) unlikely friend? This week, use your words to break down barriers and build connections.

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SPREAD THE WORD
This week’s shocking statistic:

What are the top 2 reasons students do not complete high school?
23% identify a lack of parental support as the main reason, while 21% drop out when they become parents themselves.

WORDS HAVE POWER
In honor of Poetry Month:

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” Carl Sandburg

“Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything. It just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.” Jim Morrison

“If I feel physically as the top of my head were taken off, that is poetry.” Emily Dickinson

WORD OF THE WEEK
A poetic word from the Iroquois:

ORENDA: A mystical force present in all people that empowers them to affect the world, or to effect change in their own lives.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

Next month is Children’s Book Month: If you enjoy these weekly emails and want 1,000 NYC children to keep receiving 3 free books a week via THEIR weekly email, organize a book drive or fundraiser with your friends, family or coworkers in May!

In the meantime, enjoy one of our subscriber’s favorite Poetry Month poems, “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou…a woman who refused to be “broken,” and instead used her words to break one barrier after another:

STILL I RISE 
Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Want to see YOUR favorite poem in next week’s post? Simply share it via joinwordrebel@gmail.com! Thank you for sharing this with friends and family eager to get involved!


WORDS HAVE THE POWER TO WONDER

April 16, 2015: In honor of National Poetry Month, explore new poets, and revisit your favorites. Add wonder to your life by reading or writing poetry every day. Want to spread the wonder of poetry to other Word Rebel followers? Comment to share YOUR favorite poem or poet and see it in next week’s post!

magic

SPREAD THE WORD
This week’s shocking statistic:

In 2014, students of color were expelled 3x more than their white peers, and nearly 25% of students with color who have disabilities were suspended.

We know that the number one reason for PERCEIVED misbehavior is academic difficulty. We also know the number one reason for academic difficulty is the preschool word gap. It is time to solve the problem before it starts.

WORDS HAVE POWER
Words to live by:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”Harold Whitman

Why abstain from love when someday your soul will leave this divine summer camp?”Hafiz

“…Donald heard a mermaid sing, Susy spied an elf, but all the magic I have known I’ve had to make myself.” Shel Silverstein

WORD OF THE WEEK

Don’t forget to build your own vocabulary.

VORFREUDE: The intense, anticipative joy derived from imagining future pleasures.

ACTIVITY UPDATE
Thank you to everyone who joined us April 11 for our BEERS FOR BOOKS fundraising event. 100% of donations will fund outreach materials to day cares this June. In addition to reaching the hundreds of new children at our 60 day cares, we will also expand to thousands more at 40 new day care sites!

Thank you for sharing this with friends and family eager to get involved!


WORDS HAVE THE POWER TO FREE

April 9, 2015: This week, don’t let other people’s words or thoughts control the way you act or feel. Free yourself from caring about the words people think or say about you. Free yourself from the anxiety that comes from these real or imagined words.

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SPREAD THE WORD
This week’s shocking statistic:

If the 1.3 million dropouts from the Class of 2010 had graduated, the nation would have seen $337 billion more in earnings over the course of the students’ lifetimes.

WORDS HAVE POWER
Words to live by:

“Don’t listen to those who say you’re taking too big a chance. Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine Chapel on the floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today…If you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation of others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts – and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live – the chances are you’ll be a person worthy of your own respects.” Neil Simon

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” Wilma Rudolph

WORD OF THE WEEK
Don’t forget to build your own vocabulary:

PEREGRINATE: To travel from place to place on foot.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

This Sunday is the official day to D.E.A.R ( Drop Everything and Read). We are celebrating by hosting a fundraising campaign on April 11 from 8PM to midnight. Join us and help thousands of NYC children gain access to the books they need to succeed. Donate or spread the word: www.wordrebel.org

Thank you for sharing this with friends and family eager to get involved!


WORDS HAVE THE POWER TO BUILD

April 2, 2015: This spring and summer, we are building our network, expanding from 60 to 100 day care sites throughout NYC. You can help by joining one of our fundraising or awareness campaigns. www.wordrebel.org

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SPREAD THE WORD
This week’s shocking statistic:

Only 50% of low-income children will graduate from high school on time.

WORDS HAVE POWER
Words to live by:

“When you realize the awesome power of words, you can change lives.” – Tammy Kling

“Words are powerful forces of nature. They are destruction. They are nourishment. They are flesh. They are water. They are flowers  and bone. They burn. They cleanse. They erase. They etch.  They can either leave you feeling homeless or brimming with home.” – Sanober Khan

WORD OF THE WEEK

Yes, there is a word for that:

ONIOCHALASIAING: Shopping and spending money to relax one’s sense of well-being.

ACTIVITY UPDATE

This spring and summer, we are expanding to 100 day care sites to help close the achievement gap for thousands of NYC children. YOU have the power to directly impact the children we serve:

Thank you for sharing this with friends and family eager to get involved!

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