During the week of May 22, more than 2,000 students will have the opportunity to choose their own titles and add to their personal home library thanks to Read USA. Read USA’s goal is to put books in the hands of every low-income child, introduce the love of reading and learning, and to end the cycle of poverty.

Six years ago, Read USA began as a voluntary project created by Ellen Wiss and teacher Vanessa Tussey at George Washington Carver Elementary School in Jacksonville, FL. They successfully carried the project out with funds they raised from private donors and recruited additional volunteers.

Last year, City Year Jacksonville joined as a partner to provide additional volunteer capacity to expand the project from one to five elementary schools. And this year we are excited to partner again and expand the program to a sixth elementary school in May 2017.


During the week May 22-26 we need volunteers to help run six simultaneous book fairs across six elementary schools. You and a few friends can spend a few hours or a full day at a school assisting students in finding their favorite books. We love watching a child’s face light up when she get excited about a book she will get to call her own.

More information regarding your role and volunteer shift will be sent within a week of your shift.

To sign up to serve: click one of the school icons below to sign up for your volunteer shift or shifts.

Annie R. Morgan


George Washington Carver

SP Livingston

Susie Tolbert

Rufus E. Payne

Thank you for joining Read USA and City Year to #makebetterhappen.


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