Madison Whiz Kids: John and Mark Lisi

Lisi Twins Are Top Fundraisers at Brown Read-A-Thon Benefiting SARAH

Name:  John and Mark Lisi

Age:  11

School:  Brown Middle School


Accomplishment:  The Lisi brothers, 6th grade twins, were the top fundraisers for the recent Brown Middle School SARAH Read-A-Thon. Guilford-based SARAH provides programs and resources for individuals with intellectual and other disabilities. The goal of the read-a-thon was to get people to sponsor students for each page they read.

 “I just really like to read,” said Mark.  “When I heard there was an event that involved reading for a good cause I just wanted to do it,” he added.   He read 851 pages from a variety of books, but mainly from Rick Riordan’s book “The Lost Hero.”  He raised over $400 from family members “they were all anxious (to contribute), they wanted to because it was a good cause.”  

 His brother, John, read 581 pages, raising a total of $300. He read a series of books by Margaret Peterson Haddix, concentrating on the first book “Found.”  “I’ve always liked reading,” John said.” I’ve always thought of it as something great and since it (the money) was going for a good cause…I thought that it would be a great way to support them,” he added.

Key to Awesomeness:   John and Mark did not have to think twice about combining their love of reading with raising money for a worthwhile local cause.  The twins eagerly participated in the SARAH Read-A-Thon, solicited family for donations, and between the two of them raised the most money at Brown school for SARAH. 

The boys also have incredible support from their mother, Jennifer Lisi.  “This fundraiser was especially meaningful to us because I had been working as a special education tutor for several years, the last 3 with a boy with Down Syndrome. I had become close with the child and his family and my own sons had met him as well. They kind of looked at it as reading for kids who weren't able to read themselves.”  

Carolyn Rotermund April 24, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Great job John and Mark!
Stephanie Bardwell April 24, 2011 at 01:40 PM
What a great job boys. What a great story.
Suzanne Zitser April 25, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Great job, great boys, and giving to those who really need. A true success story all around.
Barbara Salzano April 25, 2011 at 02:14 PM
Let's hear it for the Mom who's raising two great kids!
Sarah Page Kyrcz April 25, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Barbara ~ The moms and dads behind the kids are often our unsung heroes. The children may be able to do great things on their own, but more times than not there is a lot of parental input behind the scenes. Thank you for recognizing Jennifer Lisi's support of John and Mark's endeavors!
Sarah Page Kyrcz April 25, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Suzanne ~ You are so right! These are the children that make my job that much more interesting and rewarding. Thanks for commenting and always posting positive comments, I appreciate it! Sarah
Sarah Page Kyrcz April 25, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Ditto, Stephanie. I couldn't agree more ! Thanks for reading and posting. Sarah
Sarah Page Kyrcz April 25, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Carolyn ~ Thank you for reading and sending along ideas to me about the wonderful children we have in the Town of Madison. My readers are my greatest resources. Keep those ideas coming. Sarah
Martha April 25, 2011 at 09:29 PM
That was a really nice story about the boys... and how nice to hear about boys enjoying reading, unless that's just a myth that a lot of boys don't like to read. Thanks for the details of what books they like, Sarah, maybe that will inspire some other students to check out those authors.
Jennifer Lisi April 27, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Barbara, Thank you so much for the compliment! I guess my husband and I started them on the path to reading and helping others, but they have definitely grabbed the baton and continued on their own.


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