Holiday Toy Drive – Nov. 13 to Dec. 15

Spread CHEER by donating a toy this holiday season! Traveling Stories invites you to participate in our annual Holiday Toy Drive taking place mid November to mid December! All of the toys we collect will be distributed to disadvantaged children through our StoryTent programs across San Diego.

3 Ways to Get Involved:

  1. Sign your office up as a donation drop-off site! We’ll provide a festive box and posters. Your company will be included on our Toy Drive Facebook page. To sign up, email hezhi@travelingstories.org 
  2. Donate a toy (or two!) at one of our donation sites!
  3.  Volunteer to help wrap boxes, pick up donations or promote the Toy Drive through social media!

Email hezhi@travelingstories.org or call (619) 919-5115 if you have any questions!

Giving Tuesday & Year-End Campaign

Use your influence to change a child’s life forever.

Did you know that 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70% of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level.

On #GivingTuesday we’re launching our year-end campaign to raise $50,000. Here’s how that big number breaks down:

  • $17 provides literacy & money management training for 3 kids for a month
  • Getting 11 friends to donate $17 supports those 3 kids for a full year
  • Raising $1,000 provides training to 3 kids from kindergarten to 4th grade

It doesn’t take much to make a big impact. Join our campaign by creating your own fundraising page & inviting friends and family to donate $17 or more. Click here to get started!

Join the Campaign

Super StoryTent Tour for #GivingTuesday

Traveling Stories is promoting reading on #GivingTuesday by taking the StoryTent program on tour across San Diego At each stop, the Traveling Stories team will host a StoryTent for the kiddos and giveaways for the grownups! Anyone who donates $1 or more will be entered into a drawing to win goodies, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle posters signed by Kevin Eastman, the co-creator.

Thanks to a donation from IDW Publishing, every child who attends will receive a free kid-friendly comic to take home!

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Stop 1: Comickaze in Liberty Station from 10am to 12pm (2750 Historic Decatur Rd #101, San Diego, CA 92106) with special guest Tom Waltz, co-writer of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Stop 2: The Microsoft Store in Fashion Valley from 2pm to 4pm (7007 Friars Rd #860, San Diego, CA 92108) with special guest Prince Daniels Jr.  Microsoft will be giving away a copy of Office 365 Personal.

Stop 3: Waypoint Public in North Park from 5pm to 7pm (3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104). Waypoint Public will donate a percentage of sales between 5-7pm to Traveling Stories.

Event is free and open to the public!

Annual Fundraising Gala & Red Balloon Awards

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More info coming soon!

Nominate a literacy hero for 2018: www.travelingstories.org/rbas

Reading is Sexy

We believe that being well-read and intelligent is sexy – so we’ve created a line of merchandise that says so. Reading is Sexy is a shirt for adults that funds literacy programs for kids. One hundred percent of profits from anything sold through our online store goes directly toward providing free reading support to kids.

In 2012 we created a Reading is Sexy calendar and celebrated it’s launch at The W hotel in Downtown San Diego. Photographers and artist across San Diego contributed their skills to show how sexy reading is and to help Traveling Stories raise money to build a library in El Salvador. Our online store is currently under construction, but shirts are available for sale at our office in San Diego, Calif. for $20.

** 100% of your purchase will support Traveling Stories’ local and international literacy programs.**

Outsmarting poverty one book at a time.

While we love to read simply for the fun of it, we also believe it’s one of the strongest tools for fighting poverty. Imagine not being able to read? You wouldn’t be able to fill out a job application, read a recipe or help you own child with their homework without getting help. Being a strong reader allows you to be independent. It’s not enough to inspire a love for reading, Traveling Stories also wants to provide the skills people need to outsmart poverty in their own community.

Our online store is currently under construction, but shirts are available for sale at our office in San Diego, Calif. for $20.

** 100% of your purchase will support Traveling Stories’ local and international literacy programs.**

Reading is My Superpower

Inspired by our partnership with IDW Publishing, one of the nation’s largest comic book publishers, we challenge kids to look at reading as a superpower.  Every child received a “reading is my superpower” bracelet to remind them daily of the power of the page! Photographer Andrew Flores sponsored a professional super hero photo shoot and kids expressed their powers in fun, creative ways. Click here to see some of the photos.

Our online store is currently under construction, but shirts are available for sale at our office in San Diego, Calif. for $20.

** 100% of your purchase will support Traveling Stories’ local and international literacy programs.**

Read To Lead.

Read to Lead was one of the first campaigns we created for the kids at the StoryTent. We want to not only teach kids that they can be leaders, but show them ways in which reading and investing in your mind empowers you to be a better leader. As part of this campaign we invite leaders from the community to visit the StoryTent and speak to kids about their career and ways in which reading and education helped them become successful.  We’ve had surgeons, authors, professional athletes and more participate in this campaign.

Summer Reading Challenge

Sponsored Needed  – if interested, contact emily@travelingstories.org 

May – August

Will you help us defeat Slideon, the evil Summer Slide Villain who thrives when kids fall behind? All you have to do is join our Summer Reading Challenge.

To participate, read as many books as you can and visit a San Diego StoryTent. For every book you read, you’ll earn 1 book buck. If the book is challenging, you can negotiate for more book bucks! $$$

Use your book bucks to buy awesome back-to-school prizes like a backpack, new shoes, new clothes or school supplies. If you decide to save your book bucks and get the Back-To-School Prize Bundle, you’ll also be entered to win a BRAND NEW BIKE!

Please note that only book bucks are accepted for these prizes (no real money). Got questions? Call us at (619) 919-5115 or email info@travelingstories.org!