Empowering communities through literacy & language
The RISE Institute for Literacy is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a path to sustainable literacy improvement across the country and English literacy throughout the world.
Awareness is the first step to helping students receive the type of instruction that will allow them become successful readers. But if you want to do more, here's how you can help:
Become a volunteer at one of our RISE Literacy Centers, and see first-hand how your can make a difference.
Join us in changing lives and communities by supporting struggling and non-readers with your contributions.
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This scholarship is in honor of our admirable friend and colleague, Craig Bair. He embodied persistence, lifelong learning, and enthusiasm in the face of challenges. It is in his name that we offer this scholarship to students who have overcome their struggles with reading to continue on to college and university.
Craig was a warrior, someone who was engaged in a struggle or conflict and someone who fought through it, all the way until the end. He didn't just live, he experienced, loved, and endured life. Because of his examples of strength, courage, and endurance, when I think of memorializing him- I imagine him choosing someone who has had many hardships, who has fought through them, who has come out better because of those hardships, someone who has the strength and endurance of a warrior and someone who loves to experience life, because that's who Craig was.
- Taylor Hansen
We are all given chances in this life to show who we really are (generally through suffering), and Craig showed his true character during his last few months with us. He showed us that he would continue to be selfless and kind despite pain and exhaustion. He showed us that his first priority was to his family, even as he was preparing to say goodbye for awhile. He showed us how to love even while doing hard things, and set an example for me to remember when hard things come my way. He is very missed by many of us who had the opportunity to rub shoulders with him.
- KJ Kershaw
Craig was first and foremost an educator. Exercising the mind and body were extremely important to him. Being a teacher came naturally, he did it with patience and life examples to bring his point closer to home. I have never known anyone who so easily and quickly could understand what a person's strengths and talents are and play on those. He will be greatly missed by all those who have had the pleasure of knowing him. It is a great privilege that he will be remembered through a scholarship fund and a deserving recipient will benefit and receive a life changing education in Craig’s memory.
- Shawn Bair
He had great faith in trusting the process and journey of life. When obstacles came in front of him, he embraced the challenge and worked to overcome. This is one of the greatest truths I learned from him-that faith is the antidote for fear. That our perspective and joy in life is our choice. He had this amazing ability to strengthen your belief in yourself and help you see yourself through his compassionate eyes. Craig loved well. Craig lived well. His desire for growth was contagious and he believed in our limitless potential. In this way we can honor him, by helping others do the same-by seeing others through compassionate eyes and reminding them of their great worth and potential and helping them reach it.
- Shantell Berrett
Craig Bair was an amazing example of the kind of man I want to be. He cared so deeply for the people around him for who they really were and for the potential they had. He was always so thoughtful and eloquent in the way he said things. I vividly remember a longer drive to and from lunch with him a few years back where he told me how much he believed in me and the great things I was doing and had yet to do. I was incredibly touched and that sticks with me to this day. He was always interested in learning and talking about the person across from him. He did not want the focus to be on him because he didn’t want to boast, brag, or make it about himself. I never want to forget him and the impact he had on me and Reading Horizons.
- Ryan Burwell
Where We Serve
The Reading Horizons program has been a huge blessing to both our teachers and our children. We appreciate all you have done personally to not only make this wonderful software available to us, but to personally also train our teachers to use it. Thanks a million!
- Becky Douglas, Founder
The Reading Horizons Program has been a wonderful teaching tool for me to use with my students... What is great about the Reading Horizons Program is that all students, no matter what their level, can get something from the program... The program is giving my students the confidence to try to sound out words, when before they would guess or turn away. I love using Reading Horizons!
- Literacy Tutor
I just wanted to send a thank you for providing the English instructor card books for our program! It was so nice of you to go out of your way to meet with me to discuss the program and make all of the notebooks for us. The program was a success! I sent out the books to a few countries but I personally tried out the program with groups in Bolivia and Cape Verde.
- Kelsi Gormley, Program Manager