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.
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!