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Black History Month – How it got started and events and activities to celebrate

Negro History Week was first celebrated in February 1926 during a week which encompassed Frederick Douglas’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. The week was the result of the work of Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, who believed “that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over justice”.  The celebration and study of the contributions of African Americans to our country and the world continued and grew. Fifty years after the first celebration in 1976, the first African American History Month was held....

2018 Trivia Bee Buzz

2018 Great Richmond Trivia Bee Buzz

The 2018 Great Richmond Trivia Bee was a great success! Richmond’s best team-based trivia competition, #RVATriviaBee, was held on Wednesday, April 25th at The Hippodrome. The Trivia Bee is also The READ Center’s signature fundraising event. Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Patrick Henry called the Trivia Bee to order, and resolved its commencement. From there, emcees Kat Simons of Mix981 Richmond and Christina Feerick of WRIC Chanel 8News kept the fun going through out the evening. Event participants and donors helped raise more than $38,000 for READ! The...

Making a Difference Today and in the Future: A Literacy Legacy – The Walsh Memorial Fund

One Christmas, almost twenty years ago, the Walsh family discussed making donations to charity in lieu of a gift exchange. What resulted is a series of legacy gifts to The READ Center that have helped hundreds of adults improve their literacy skills over the years. “Literacy has always been important to my family. My parents encouraged me to read as a child, a passion that continues today. It’s a skill that I took for granted,” said Mike Walsh. Walsh is a...

Dear Donors, My name is William. I want to thank all of you ladies and gentlemen for your support to the read center. the center has given me a chance late in life. thank all of you Willam

The Reason for the Season….

As we all rush around to complete our holiday shopping, cooking, wrapping of presents and travel, it is easy to forget just why we are doing all of those things. No matter your beliefs, this is the time of year for family, for giving, for kindness (even in mall parking lots!), for joy, hope, and peace. The READ Center is thankful to all who have kindly and generously given to support READ Center students’ efforts to improve their literacy skills. What better gifts can...

William Mitchell, a READ Center student

William Mitchell is All Smiles: A READ Center Student Story

‘Tis the season for inspirational stories of hope. That’s why we’re sharing one of our favorites, that of READ Center student William Mitchell. Re-posted from an article by Bill Lohmann of  The Richmond Times-Dispatch: Mitchell arrived at the center reading at about the first-grade level. His childhood proved to be pretty much a loss academically. As a kid, Mitchell was big for his age, and he stuttered, making him an easy target to be picked on. He did more fighting than...

72,000 Reasons to Support Adult Literacy on Giving Tuesday

72,000+ Reasons Why We Participate in Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 is Giving Tuesday. CBS put it best: “It’s like Cyber Monday for Charities.” There are over 72,000 reasons, one for every adult in Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield who cannot read well, to give to The READ Center on Giving Tuesday. By showing your support, you’re helping adults in our area attend classes and receive tutoring free of charge so they can improve their quality of life. Just about every cause you care about starts with literacy –...

Why We're Thankful

Why We’re Thankful: READ Center Students, Tutors, and Teachers Share Their Stories

Happy Thanksgiving! We wanted to share what we’re thankful for this holiday season. Thanksgiving is full of traditions. Some include eating turkey, watching football, and decorating for Christmas. Our favorite tradition is sharing what we’re thankful for. We’re thankful for our teachers, who lead classes and create curriculum to help our students learn. We’re thankful for our tutors, who volunteer their time to mentor and guide our students as they work to achieve their goals. We’re thankful for our amazing students,...

It Was a Good Year for The READ Center

In 2016 – 2017 The READ Center: Served 204 students. 46 more people who needed READ services received them this year. Published two Student Voices, a publication for and by READ Center students, and two READ Report Card newsletters. You can read the publications under the News tab. Received 5,895 volunteer hours from tutors.  The value of these volunteer hours was $142,305. Donors, individuals, businesses, foundations and civic organizations, gave more than $440,000 to support READ Center educational programs and initiatives. This is one of the times...