December 2014

RAFT believes the best way to spark the love of learning for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem-solvers and creators is through hands-on learning. As a nonprofit organization founded in 1994, RAFT leverages community donations and volunteer support to serve 12,000 educators each year who teach over 900,000 students.

Upcoming Holiday Closures

Christmas/New Year – RAFT will be closed December 14th – January 5th.

Products

Holiday Merchandise

Holiday Merchandise 50% off!

  • Holiday decorations
  • Cards
  • Gift wrap and bags
  • And more!

Some exclusions will apply. Valid through December 13, 2014 while supplies last. 

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News and Events

Folded Braille Paper Christmas Trees

Folded Braille Paper Christmas Trees

Saturday, December 6th, 10:30-11:30AM (RAFT San Jose, Green Room Annex)

Mari Sato will be showing how to make folded braille paper Christmas trees. Free, no registration required.

 

Join us for Afternoon Tea & Lecture

Saturday, December 6th, 12:00-2:30PM (RAFT Redwood City)

Historical, Cultural and Social Links to DOWNTON  ABBEY

In this fascinating illustrated lecture, Dr. DiAnn Ellis discusses the world of Downton Abbey within the geopolitical and sociohistorical context of the era. You’ll learn about the amazing Victorian and Edwardian periods. Tea and biscuits will be served at the Interval.

Dr. DiAnn Ellis was a Professor of Education for 34 years at San Francisco State University. She has put together this mesmerizing program inspired by the much watched and globally applauded PBS television series, Downton Abbey.

* FREE , however RSVP requested. Please email Ofelia at:  Ofelia@raft.net if you plan to attend. Space is limited to 30. Vintage Dress is Welcome!

Gift of Reading 2014

Once again RAFT has partnered with the San Jose Mercury News for the annual Gift of Reading book drive to promote literacy in our community and give children, many who have never owned a book of their own, the chance to love reading. From November 18, 2014 through December 15, 2014, community members can donate books at 17 collection centers around the Bay Area or virtually through our Roonga online drive. Click here for drop off locations and donation links. Last year, we gave away more than 40,000 books to children and classroom libraries.

These books will soon be available to RAFT members who want to give their students the gift of reading this holiday season. Distribution should begin in the first week of December, stay tuned for more information. Need a large quantity of books? Contact Shirley at Shirley@raft.net so that we can try to accommodate your request.

RAFT is also looking for volunteers to help sort and distribute the donations. Sorting 40,000 books is a HUGE undertaking, and we greatly appreciate your support!  If you have any time to help with this project please sign up online at http://www.raftbayarea.org/individual-volunteers.

Upcoming Holiday Closures

Christmas/New Year – RAFT will be closed December 14th – January 5th.

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Hands-On Activities

Laundry Math

Laundry Math

This activity is a creative way to introduce and enhance one-to-one correspondence leaving room for the teacher to build on future mathematics concepts.

Grades Covered: Pre-K through 2
Subject(s) Covered: Math

Curriculum Topics: Counting, Adding, One-to-one Correspondence, Problem Solving

Visit the RAFT Online Store, and if you haven’t done so already, link your RAFT membership to your online store account to receive lower member pricing on all kits ordered online.

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Professional Development

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RAFT Spring 2015 Workshop Schedule

The RAFT spring 2015 workshop schedule will be available Tuesday, December 9th.

RAFT’s workshop program is designed to enrich educational programs by facilitating the practice of hands-on teaching across the curriculum. All RAFT workshops offer you the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from San Jose State University. 

If you have any questions about our workshop program or any other services please contact us at http://www.raftbayarea.org/contact-us.

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