One Woman's Decades-Long Commitment to Early Childhood Education

Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Cami Nail

Cami Nail has been a supporter of Reach Out and Read since 2010, before the official Georgia affiliate was even established.

Ms. Nail has been involved in early childhood education for nearly 20 years. She and her husband owned two local franchises of the Primrose Schools. Primrose's corporate fundraising efforts supported Reach Out and Read national, which was Ms. Nail's first introduction to the organization.

When Reach Out and Read established a presence in Georgia, specifically, Ms. Nail made sure that all money raised by her Primrose schools went directly to the Georgia chapter to support local families.

"I saw the enthusiasm of our families increase when they knew the money they were raising was going to directly support our local communities," said Ms. Nail.

Since selling their Primrose franchises, Ms. Nail has found other ways to direct support to Reach Out and Read Georgia. In an effort to ensure that it's easy for local Primrose schools to continue to directly support the ROR GA chapter (instead of sending funds to the national organization), Ms. Nail created a list of instructions, a protocol, for local schools to follow to make sure their fundraisers benefit local families.

She also is the V.P. of Philanthropy for the Atlanta Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi, her sorority. Pi Beta Phi's signature philanthropy, Read > Lead > AchieveĀ®, draws on a century of service and thousands of volunteers to inspire a lifelong love of reading. In 2015-2016, the club has chosen to support ROR GA by hosting small fundraising events throughout the year and developing a new signature event, Rockin' for Literacy Benefit Concert on February 26th at the Park Tavern. Proceeds will go to the Pi Beta Phi Foundation Literacy Fund and Reach Out and Read Georgia.

"We understand the importance of early childhood literacy. Children learn more before they turn 5 then they learn at any other time in life. But, you can also feel good knowing your donation to Reach Out and Read Georgia is benefiting the children. The staff is small so you know the money is being used to buy books and get the books into the hands of the kids."

Ms. Nail says that even if you don't have a lot of resources there are always ways to support organizations that stoke your passion.

"Donate your time," she suggests, "Leverage your circle of influence, think about who you know. Find out if your employer will match your contributions. Just ask yourself where else can we find resources that will drive books or bucks to Reach Out and Read Georgia."

Ms. Nail was clear about what motivates her: "At Primrose Schools, we served mostly households with two incomes. These children had maybe hundreds of books at home. When you hear the stories of medical providers saying the mother of a patient is crying because this the first or the second book they have in their home that's age appropriate...it's moving."

"At Primrose, I regularly interacted daily with 250 kids. Working with Reach Out and Read Georgia, I know I am helping the organization impact many thousands of children."

Contact Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read National Center
89 South St, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02111