It takes a lot to raise a city of readers. Check out how Philadelphia READS is cultivating a love of reading around the city!


In addition to an Early Learning Initiative currently underway, Philadelphia READS has four core programs: Power Partners, our oldest program and one that brings 1st to 3rd graders to local corporations for weekly one-hour reading and mentoring sessions; Jacoby Book Bank, a resource for educators to get books for their classrooms and to give to their students to take home; the Reading Olympics, the city’s only literacy competition; and Summer READS, a literacy camp designed to ensure that Philadelphia’s youngest students are not impacted by “summer slide”.  

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 Power Partners 
Matches socially conscious organizations with children from Philadelphia classrooms for year-long, weekly, literacy tutoring and mentorship sessions.
 Reading Olympics 
A city-wide collaborative reading competition that aims to foster a love reading, develop teamwork skills, and bring students from different parts of the city together.
 Book Bank 
A resource for educators who serve our city’s children and youth to provide books and supplies for their classrooms and students.
 Summer READS 
A summer literacy camp designed to ensure that Philadelphia’s children soar to their highest heights every summer instead of being impacted by the “summer slide.”

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