Au Pairs Making a Difference for Literacy

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Posted by Jess Estrada on
Fri, 06/12/2015

We love hearing from our Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge teams! Today we hear from two representatives of an au pair organization who are spreading a love for learning and service in their communities. Photos courtesy of Ulli Heregger and Angi Weiser-Smith.

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“My name's is Ulrike (Ulli) Heregger and I work for Cultural Care Au Pair. In May, our au pair group in Larchmont, NY participated in the Literacy Challenge. We encouraged our au pairs to make bookmarks during our monthly coffee hour, to make bookmarks at home with their host children and some of the kids made bookmarks in school with their teachers.

We were able to collect a total of 111 bookmarks that we mailed off. We enjoyed this activity and we hope to participate in the future again.”

Ulrike (Ulli) Heregger

Local Childcare Consultant

Cultural Care Au Pair

“Our school is a Montessori school (Brixham Montessori Friends School in York, Maine) with about 80 students from toddler to 5th grade. The way I am affiliated with the school is that I am a teacher assistant in this 3-6 classroom.

While every class participated, our class focused a little more on it and we reached our goal of making 100 bookmarks with 17 children in this 3-6 class.

The children were very enthusiastic about helping children in need and were also eager to reach our goal of 100. We kept a chart in our class where we kept track and after we received all the bookmarks from the other classes the older kids were eager to calculate and find out how much money we can donate.”


Angelika Weiser-Smith
Local Childcare Consultant

The Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge, in partnership with Save the Children and Global Nomads Group, helped thousands of children in disadvantaged communities become successful life-long readers and learners. The Bezos Family Foundation, through Students Rebuild, has matched each bookmark you made and mailed in with $1—up to $300,000—for Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program in Mali, Nepal and Peru.