• 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.

Volunteers Make Sure Kids Have Access to Books - Florida Times Union, May 31, 2017

Ponte Vedra Beach resident organizes book fairs to promote literacy, reduce poverty - Ponte Vedra Recorder, July 27, 2017

Book Fairs - First Cost Connect, WJCT-FM, May 26, 2017

Book Fair Volunteers

A special thank you to the Beaches Community Fund, who is partnering with READ USA and Scholastic to offer a book fair at the very popular one-day annual Back to School with BEAM event.

The book fair is scheduled for August 5, 2017.

Join volunteers from Beaches Community Fund, Women's Giving Alliance, The Community Foundation for NE Florida, City Year Jacksonville, Teach for America Jacksonville, and Read USA.

To volunteer, please click the link below:

Volunteer Signup Link


Volunteer Tutorials

Find out what you need to know for your volunteer day at the book fair:

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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book fair sponsor.

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