Throughout the summer, we hosted Summer Reading Parties to promote summer learning. These fun-filled events complement summer programming at both Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County Public Schools. Students play games, participate in story time, enjoy literacy-themed activites, gain access to the Massanutten Regional Library summer reading tracker and select free books to read at home during the summer vacation. In 2018, we collected 5756 books to distribute to children during our Summer Reading Parties. We are grateful to the 118 generous volunteers who helped us serve more than 1000 children.
Reading opens up a world of new opportunities for students! It can lead to academic success, on-time graduation, and stable employment. But getting all of our local children reading at grade level is a huge task.
On February 18, 2016, we became a national grade-level reading community. We join communities across the country who are taking a collective, community-wide approach to addressing literacy.
A We Read to Succeed advisory council oversees our progress. Mary Ann Alger chairs the council, which includes representatives from: Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Rockingham County Public Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Massanutten Regional Library, Harrisonburg Chamber of Commerce, Harrisonburg Rotary Club, James Madison University, Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley, United Way and AmeriCorps VISTA.
There are many different opportunities to volunteer to improve literacy in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. To find out about these opportunities and sign up to volunteer all you have to do is make a profile on Get Connected, our volunteer portal. There, you can find opportunities to help build literacy in our community through partners like the Massanutten Regional Library and Skyline Literacy.