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Ready to Help Other Kids?

Host a Fundraiser or Book & Supply Drive

DURATION

More than 4 hours

WHERE

Anywhere! Your house, school, church, community center, etc. 

WHEN

Throughout the year

WHOSE HELP IS REQUIRED

Anyone can organize a drive for donations! 🙂 This is a great thing to do with your family and friends!

HOW IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Any donation will allow for us to have enhanced programming for our students, as well as allow for us to increase our enrollment numbers to serve more students and provide them more literacy-based resources to succeed in school and close the literacy gap. 

DESCRIPTION

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit that mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade.

You can encourage your friends, family, and community members to donate to Reading Partners via our website or even host a donation drive for books and school supplies for our students. We always love to receive new books to enhance the selection that is available to our students to read in the reading centers, as well as to build their own personal libraries at home through our Take Reading Home program. 


ITEMS NEEDED

Before you begin: book donation guidelines

In order to provide our students with the most high-quality, desirable texts, we set specific guidelines for book drive donations. At this time, we are seeking the following:

  • Multicultural books and books featuring diverse characters (ages 5-9)
  • Books for beginning readers
  • Award winning books (Caldecott Medal & Honor, Newbery, New York Times Best, Sibert Informational Book Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Award, etc.)
  • Graphic novels for grades 3 and 4 such as Dogman/Diary of a Wimpy Kid/Dork Diaries
  • Non-fiction texts focused on animals, sports, science, Black History, etc.
  • For additional recommendations, check out Reading Partners’ Diverse Book Wishlist!

If you have books you’d like to donate that do not fit these criteria, we recommend checking about making a donation to another local elementary school, library, or a thrift/second hand store.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

At this time, we are not accepting the following:

  • Dirty, dusty, ripped, written in, bent, moldering, or mildewed books.
  • Non-fiction texts written over 10 years ago
  • Library discards
  • Books with television/cartoon characters 
  • Chapter books that do not have illustrations such as Nancy Drew, Boxcar Children, Babysitter’s Club, etc.
  • Religious texts, including holiday books
  • Adult/Young Adult texts
  • Textbooks
  • Encyclopedias, thesauruses, or dictionaries
  • Board books
  • Audio/Video books
  • Instructional materials for teachers

NEXT STEPS

Get in touch with us to organize a drive with necessary logistics. See VIEW INSTRUCTIONS below for details and flyers!


WEBSITE


Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.
Sending or dropping off items to a nonprofit? Don't forget to tell them you found them through PGK! Download and print a packing slip here.
  1. Determine dates and a goal for the drive.
  2. Promote the drive to your network, you can use 
    1. Flyer link (PDF)
    2. Editable flyer file (Microsoft Word Document)
    3. Editable flyer file (Canva)
  3. Collect books!  If running an in-person book drive, provide “donation bins” at selected drop-off locations and collect books.
  4. Collect school supplies!
  5. Reach out to us by email at volunteersv@readingpartners.org or phone 408 945-5720 to coordinate a drop-off or shipment of the items.
  6. Be sure to let us know that you found this volunteer opportunity through PGK!
  7. Celebrate your donation by promoting your success with local media, social media and all who donated.  
  8. Kindly fill out this PGK impact form when you’ve completed the activity