Read USA began as a voluntary project created by Ellen Wiss and teacher Vanessa Tussey at George Washington Carver Elementary School. They successfully carried the project out with funds they raised from private donors and additional volunteers they recruited from The Junior League of Jacksonville, Teach for America, Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Jacksonville Jaguars and several corporate sponsors. And today, with a formal partnership with City Year Jacksonville and the continued volunteer partnership with all of the original groups, we have scaled the model to grow into 16 Title 1 schools and 2 community centers that serve low income students, serving over 7,000 kids in a year.
The 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.
IN THE PRESS
READ USA Promoting a Love of Reading - News4Jax 12/24/2018
Florida Times Union - May 2018 - article by Beth Cravey
Ponte Vedra Recorder article - June 1, 2017 - Jon Blauvelt
Book Fairs -WJCT First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross - May 26, 2017
Volunteers Make Sure Kids Have Access to Books - Florida Times Union, May 31, 2017
Mark Woods article - Florida Times Union