• 2/3 of fourth graders who struggle to
    read will end up in jail or on welfare.

    WriteExpress Corporation, Accessed June 2015

  • Literacy is a child’s ticket out of poverty

    Giving a child a book is a simple, powerful way to change
    their future. And letting them choose their own book is even
    more impactful. Kids with access to engaging books will read
    more, and many will discover a lifelong love of reading.

  • Bringing Back the Book Fair

    To give at-risk children access to books, we’re partnering
    with Scholastic and local organizations by bringing book fairs
    to low-income schools. Through your donations, every
    student at the school chooses three books to take home.

About Us

Read USA began as a voluntary project created by Ellen Wiss and teacher Vanessa Tussey at George Washington Carver Elementary School. They successfully carried the project out with funds they raised from private donors and additional volunteers they recruited from The Junior League of Jacksonville, Teach for America, Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Jacksonville Jaguars and several corporate sponsors.

Their goal is to put books in the hands of every low-income child, introduce the love of reading and learning, and to end the cycle of poverty.

Book Fair Volunteers

Our 2016 book fairs were wildly successful! Nearly 2,000 kids received $15 vouchers to choose their very own books. And Scholastic is matching 50% of all sales (over $30,000) to replenish every classroom library in each of the five participating schools!

Many thanks and gratitude to...

  • Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver for your 2016 sponsorship of Annie R Morgan, Brentwood, Rufus E Payne, and SP Livingston elementary schools' READ USA book fairs.
  • Junior League of Jacksonville for your 2016 sponsorship of George Washington Carver elementary school's READ USA book fair.
  • The many volunteers from City Year Jacksonville, Teach for America, Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Junior League of Jacksonville, Delores Barr Weaver WGA Fellows, WGA leadership, Generation Works Now, friends, family and community members.

100% of Donations
Go to Books

A $5,000 sponsorship gives every student a $15 fair voucher to buy his own books. (Sponsorship covers 333 students.)

100% Volunteer
Run & Organized

We run the book fair, manage all volunteers, and raise any additional funding beyond the $5,000 to cover all students at the school.

Stock Classroom
Libraries, Too

Scholastic matches 50% of all sales from the book fair, and applies that to books for classroom libraries.

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