Media and Awards

Jefferson Awards Recipient

March 5, 2014
Maria was recognized for her immense contribution, as one of two youth nationally, to receive the Jefferson Awards. She was honored for her Outstanding National or Global Service by a Young American at the National Award Ceremony in New York City.

The Good News, with Ellen Degeneres

January 28, 2014

The 13-Year-Old Who Is Championing World Literacy, a Million Books at a Time

"Freedom begins in the mind, and one 13-year-old girl aims to liberate children the world over with a book campaign to advocate world literacy." read full article

Eleven Who Care Award (KARE 11)

January 2012  Every year KARE 11 television recognizes outstanding volunteers in their community with the Eleven Who Care awards. In January 2012, after collecting 579,000 books Maria was a recipient of this award. 

Additional Media Recognition

Read Indeed has received a large amount of wonderful publicity! All of the media attention helps Maria further her efforts!

Star Tribune
Huffington Post
Fox News Twin Cities
Plymouth Sun Sailor
Hometown Source
Lakeshore Weekly News
 Minnesota Business Magazine
Laker Pioneer
St. Louis Park Magazine
Plymouth Magazine
Catholic Spirit
Bring Me the News
Channel 12: Twin Cities
Orono School District Newsletter

Additional Awards Received

• "Making a World of Difference" Humanitarian Award
• Power of Children Award
• Scholastic Literacy Partnerships Certificate of Recognition
• Disney Friends for Change: Radio Disney “Hero for Change Award”
• Elmer Award/Elmer’s Products & Kids In Need Foundation
• Eleven Who Care Award/KARE 11
• Afterschool Awards/IzodED/JCPenney Semifinalist
• Presidential Volunteer Service Award: Gold
• Mayo Clinic Medallion Certificate of Appreciation
• Build-A-Bear Huggable Heroes Semifinalist
• Kohl’s Kids Who Care Regional Scholarship Winner
• Nestle Drumstick Heroes Grand Prize Winner
• Kids Are Heroes Award
• The Kinds Acts Foundation Award
• Points of Light Institute Daily Point of Light Award
• Minnesota Timberwolves Hero In the Making Award

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