Philadelphia Reads

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

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325 Chestnut St. Suite 903 Philadelphia PA 19106 USA


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.


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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A wonderful place for teachers throughout Philadelphia to get much needed books and teaching materials for free. Whenever we drop off our elementary school's book collection, the place is buzzing with teachers getting books!

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

I've seen how desperately needed books are given to teachers and classrooms

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

make it even bigger

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Rating: 5 stars  

Each year, the students at Lynnewood Elementary School in Havertown, PA, donate 2000+ books to a week-long book drive to benefit Philadelphia Reads. The children at Lynnewood have access to classroom libraries, a school library and a township library. They are aware that they are helping to build classroom libraries and improve literacy skills. Equally important, the children get to see how their many simple acts of generosity can help so many children in need.

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

By delivering books to the Philadelphia Reads book bank and speaking with its coordinators/volunteers, I have seen this operation first hand. The volunteers work very hard to organize and categorize books so that school teachers can easily choose books which will be appropriate for their students.

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

I would not change anything but I would do my best to help others learn about Philadelphia Reads and their mission.

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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

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