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City of Philadelphia

In the Community

Mission:  To strengthen the literacy skills of Philadelphia?s youngest and neediest school children by providing mentors and resources for in-school, after-school and summer programs.



  • Summer READS: An award-winning interdisciplinary program that is inserted into pre-existing summer camps.  The program is designed to provide literacy, science, and artistic enrichment over the summer months to children who otherwise would not receive it.  

  • Parent Workshops: Workshops that train parents to be literacy instructors and enhancers for children.
  • Children's Book Bank:  Provides teachers and community partners who operate educational programs throughout the city with free books. It houses new and gently used books for children in preschool through 8th grade. These books are for classroom libraries, school libraries and community centers. Books are provided for the book bank through community book drives.   
  • Philadelphia Reading Olympics: Fourth through eighth grade students collectively read 20 books and compete in an Olympic competition where they answer questions about the books as a team. Competitions are held at area colleges. 

  • Power Partners: Pairing corporations or other businesses with area classrooms for weekly one-on-one reading coach sessions.

  • Reading Coach Program: Recruitment and placement of volunteers for one-on-one reading coaching. Commitments are for three months to a year.

  • Reading is Fundamental*:  New books are distributed to students. Each child receives 2-4 book  over the course of the school year or summer program.

    *RIF:  Reading IS Fundamental is a national book ownership program for children in need. It is supported by both federal funding and donations.