Philadelphia Reads

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

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Location: 325 Chestnut St. Suite 903 Philadelphia PA 19106 USA

Mission: To strengthen the literacy skills of Philadelphia’s youngest and neediest school children by providing mentors and resources to in-school, after school and summer programs.
Results: Book Bank has distributed over 45,ooo children’s books to teachers in the last year. Summer Reads had 24 sites serving 700 children developing literacy skills in a “Growing Peaceful Communities” curriculum. Power Partners has 40 classes of 1st-3rd grade public school children visiting 30 companies weekly for indiviual reading coaching. It serves over 1000 kids with over 1700 corporate volunteers. Reading Olympics is a city-wide competition for students in 4th thru 8th grade which promotes reading and teamwork. Last year there were 1700 students from 91 public, private and parochial schools.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 3800
Geographic areas served: Philadelphia
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

For the past three years, Lynnewood Elementary school has run a book drive to support the Book Bank at Philadelphia Reads. This is a simple service project. The fortunate children at Lynnewood unload their home bookcases (to make room for new books) and donate their gently used children's books to the book bank. They understand that the book bank helps to create classroom libraries in lower income schools. At the end of the week, the students pack the books in boxes and parent volunteers deliver about 700 beautiful books to the Book Bank at Martin Luther King High School. The staff at the book bank is very interested, organized and helpful. We will try to get all the local elementary schools in Havertown to participate in this project next year!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have seen how a few dedicated volunteers at a book bank can make a huge difference in the lives of less fortunate children. The volunteers were easy to reach and very accomodating.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help Philadelphia have many more children reading at and above grade level. Helping children learn to read and enjoy reading can change their world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My son did his Bar Mitzvah project through Philadelphia Reads. He collected books and recorded 20 books on tape for the project. It was a great experience for him and our whole family. Many hours of reading and helping others to read.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the easy access to important work to help get books to children who need them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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PhiladelphiaREADS runs the Book Bank (BB) at King High School. The BB is an AMAZING resource for all educators! Any teacher or educator is allowed to go to the BB any time (when they're open, which is just Wednesdays from 2-5pm, approximately) during the year, as many times as he/she likes, and may take--for FREE--up to 300 books per year!!! The BB is really a place to see--a huge room in the high school that acts as a warehouse for SO many books, including classroom sets, foreign language books of all levels, school supplies, workbooks, board books for babies, encyclopedias...different selection depending on what's been donated, but most are in excellent condition, some are brand new, some are fairly used. But it's just a true gem of a resource and teachers city-wide should really take advantage of this!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my school, where I was able to have a collection of books in my office that I was able to use when students came to see me (school counselor) and especially when younger kids needed to calm down or take their minds off of something troubling.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to have the Book Bank staffed and open more hours each week.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world! Get books to all kids who need them! Do more marketing to promote their efforts/services!

Ways to make it better...

the heat had been turned off...or at least down! I was there in December of last year (2008) and the heat was blasting so much that I felt faint. I would have stayed and collected more books had it not been for the heat!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding volunteers to staff the Book Bank and other reading events.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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