Raising Readers in Story County (RRSC) is excited to share that Up and Running Software, Inc., an Ames-based custom software company serving clients all over the world, will be supporting our organization through Lead Sponsorship of our Storytime program at Eastwood Apartments, which serves resident children from low-income families. This Lead Sponsorship provides program support including quality, new, age-appropriate children’s books, as well as activities and snacks, for the Storytime participants. Up and Running Software, Inc. is also supporting RRSC by providing 200 new purple canvas bags that will be used by children in our Harrison Barnes Reading Academy: Summer Reading Buddies program and our summer Super K: Transition to Kindergarten program. These bags are also used by RRSC when providing new books to Habitat for Humanity families at their house dedications.

RRSC Executive Director Kim Hanna states, “We are so happy to have this partnership with Up and Running Software, Inc.! They are showing great support for such a wonderful literacy program. Storytime is held twice a month at Eastwood Apartments and provides a fun and educational after-school experience for the children who live in the complex. Our volunteers read with the children, they create crafts based on the theme of that week’s program, they sing songs, they dance and have fun! I was honored to have CEO Ian McKilligan attend a Storytime this spring. He participated, along with our volunteers, in reading books, singing and even a little dancing! Our programs make such a difference in Story County and sponsors like Up and Running Software, Inc. make our work possible.”

Up and Running Software, Inc.’s CEO Ian McKilligan shares why he supports RRSC and our programs. “Education is a cornerstone of one’s life, and literacy is a cornerstone of education. RRSC is out there changing lives directly, and its impacts will last decades for each individual served and even longer for the communities within which those individuals live. Up and Running Software has supported educational initiatives for decades, and we’re pleased to now support this wonderful organization.”

Lead sponsors provide financial support for individual RRSC programs and provide program support, books for participants and program materials. For a full list of RRSC programs and services, visit www.raising-readers.org. For more information on Up and Running Software, Inc. and their services, please visit https://www.upandrunningsoftware.com/.