Join us for our FIRST book delivery of 2020 to the children at A.Z. Kelley Elementary School in Antioch, TN on Monday, March 2nd. We will meet at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea – Lenox Village at 12:00pm. We’re kicking off the delivery season on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and National Read Across America Day so we invite you to come dressed as your favorite Dr. Seuss character!
SEEKING VOLUNTEER CYCLISTS, READERS & GUEST SPEAKERS!
More details and registration can be found HERE.
Fall Teacher Book Pick-up / Book Sorting
Teachers, come pick out books for your classrooms. Volunteers, come help us sort & clean books for upcoming Book Deliveries. More info at: www.rideforreading.org/events. More dates to come!
October Book Delivery
Join us for our October Book Delivery to Robert Churchwell Elementary on Thursday, October 3rd. We will meet at Ride615 Bicycle Shop in Sylvan Park at 12pm. Volunteer cyclists, guest speakers, readers are needed! More info at: www.rideforreading.org/events.
November Book Delivery
Save the Date for our FINAL BOOK DELIVERY OF THE YEAR! Our November Book Delivery to Eagle View Elementary in Antioch, TN will be held on Friday, November 1st, which is also Family Literacy Day! We are looking for volunteer cyclists, guest speakers and readers. More details to come!
Ride for Reading Gear
Help us raise awareness about Ride for Reading with Ride for Reading gear! We have partnered with Primal Wear again with a Men’s/Women’s Henley jersey/shirt and a cozy Rhapsody hoodie! Store is only open until October 6th! More info can be found HERE.
Tennessee Titans Fundraiser
We are partnering with Tennessee Titans for their 2019 season! Purchase individual tickets HERE for a few select games for just $40 and $10 from each ticket will be donated back to Ride for Reading to help us bring more books to children in 2020! More information can be found HERE.
Interested in attending a Titans game this season? We are thrilled to announce that the Titans will be donating $10 from every ticket back to Ride for Reading. Tickets are only $40! CLICK HERE to see a full list of the eligible games & to buy your discounted tickets.
Enter promo code: RIDE at checkout.
Purchase your tickets, then share this code with your friends, family, neighbors or colleagues too!
Everyone WINS – and hopefully so do the Titans!
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Back-to-School Book Sorting
As children and Teachers get ready to start back at school, join us for a Back-to-School Book Sorting/Teacher Book Pick-up on, Monday, July 22nd at our Ride for Reading Warehouse (1515 Elm Hill Pike, Suite 107) from2-6pm in Nashville as we prepare for our upcoming summer & fall book deliveries! Any extra hands to help us clean/sort books will help us tremendously. Click HERE to register to volunteer with us!
Volunteer with Ride for Reading at Open Streets Nashville
Ride for Reading will be hosting a READING NOOK at Open Streets on Sunday, July 28th at the Play Zone (Rosa Parks & Garfield St.). We are looking for VOLUNTEERS anytime between 2-8pm to help with our Ride for Reading tent, pass out books and read with the children! Come and volunteer with us for awhile and stay to enjoy the event! Click HERE to register to volunteer with us!
August Book Delivery – Fannie Battle Day Home for Children
Beat the summer heat and join us for an early-morning book delivery before work on Friday, August 2nd to Fannie Battle Day Home for Children. They provide affordable high-quality child care for at-risk children in a nurturing environment while empowering families to reach their potential. Volunteers will meet at Cumberland Park/Titans Parking Lot “R” at 8:00am to load up books. We will ride to the school together. Sign up to RIDE a bike to help deliver books and/or READ to children (and for the first time, you can volunteer to hold and read to infants & toddlers) by clicking HERE.
Ride for Reading Promotions/Discounts
Swiftwick: A Vision for Change
Swiftwick strives to change lives one sock at a time, so whenever you purchase a pair of their VISION™ performance socks, they donate a percentage of sales to charitable initiatives that empower people to stay active & healthy, like Ride for Reading. Swiftwick has supported Ride for Reading for several years at our charitable events, donating to our mission and volunteering in our Warehouse and on our Book Deliveries. Thank you Swiftwick! Click HERE to learn more and buy your socks now!
State Farm – Quotes for Good
Looking for a new insurance quote? We’re excited to be sponsored by local State Farm Agent, Andrew Baudino, as their Quotes for Good organization from now until end of August 2019! During this time they will make a $10 donation to Ride for Reading for every person we send their way who completes an auto, fire, or life quote and mentions Ride for Reading. Call Andrew today and refer your family and friends to help support Ride for Reading – 615.800.3535!
Interested in attending a Titans game this season? We are thrilled to announce that the Titans will be donating $10 from every ticket back to Ride for Reading. Tickets are only $40! CLICK HERE to see a list of the eligible games & to buy your discounted tickets. Enter promo code: RIDE at checkout. Purchase your tickets, then share this code with your friends, family, neighbors or colleagues too! Everyone WINS – and hopefully so do the Titans! TITAN UP!
National Ride For Reading Week is an annual nationwide effort in which volunteer cyclists bring our mission to their town by hosting book deliveries to Title 1 Schools in their communities. It’s the biggest week of the year! May is National Bike Month, and we encourage cyclists to use a Ride For Reading delivery as part of their local celebrations. The 2019 dates for National Ride for Reading Week were May 5-11, 2019.
Here is our map of the 22 deliveries that happened in these 16 states that participated in Ride for Reading Week 2019.
Thank you to all of the cities that hosted a Ride for Reading delivery in their city! If you would like to coordinate a Ride for Reading delivery in your city in 2020, please complete this brief survey.
National Ride for Reading Week Photo Album – keep visiting for more photos being updated frequently.
We Need Your Help – Please Support Ride for Reading’s Mission
It’s National Ride for Reading Week! Ride for Reading Coordinators and Volunteers across the country are mobilizing book deliveries to low-income communities in 22 cities in 16 different states! We are shipping and distributing as many as 10,000 age-appropriate books to children this week alone. Special thank you to Better World Books for donating several of these books! It takes year-round effort to make these events happen, and that means we need your help.
National RFR Week is also our Annual Giving Week – we rely on charitable donations to keep the lights on, keep the wheels turning, and provide these invaluable programs to the kids in our low-income areas. Please consider giving a 100% tax-deductible gift in any amount.
Why not become a monthly donor? You will have the opportunity to set an affordable monthly donation on our donation page:
You can also help us by sharing this video with your friends, families and contacts and telling YOUR story or testimony about your experience with Ride for Reading! Here is a link to this video: http://bit.ly/RfR_AnnualGiving. *Special thank you to Train Productions and the Faculty and students from Whitsitt Elementary School for all of their help with this video.
Thank you so much for supporting Ride for Reading!
May 2nd – Nashville Sounds Charity of the Game/Big Payback
Join us on May 2nd at First Tennessee Park for a Nashville Sounds baseball game! We are excited to announce that Ride for Reading has been selected as the Charity of the Game! More details can be found HERE.
May 4th & 5th – MOAB Bike Shop presents GRAVEL REVIVAL benefiting Ride for Reading
MOAB Bike Shop has teamed up with Ride for Reading to celebrate a unique cycling experience. This Gravel/Dirt Fondo is for all levels of cyclists. We want to create a festival atmosphere to welcome all riders to the rapidly growing trend of gravel grinding. There would be no Gravel Revival without the abundant chert/dirt roads of Hickman County. Take a step back in time to experience the varied terrain, from smooth, hard-packed dirt to narrow, rocky MTB-worthy surfaces. Join us on this special Cinco de Mayo weekend for camping, fun activities, well-marked routes, delicious local food, bike demos and entertainment.
All proceeds benefit Ride for Reading and our mission to deliver more books to children from low-income areas, on our bicycles! More details HERE.
May 5th – 11th – National Ride for Reading Week
National Ride For Reading Week is an annual nationwide effort in which volunteer cyclists bring our mission to their town by hosting book deliveries to Title 1 Schools in their communities. It’s the biggest week of the year! May is National Bike Month, and we hope to encourage cyclists to use a Ride For Reading delivery as part of their local celebrations. The 2019 dates for National Ride for Reading Week are May 5-11, 2019. Currently, 17 cities are confirmed across the U.S. to host Ride for Reading deliveries. This is also our Annual Giving Campaign and we invite you to help us continue our mission of bringing more books to children in low-income communities by bicycle by donating to Ride for Reading at: www.rideforreading.org/donate. Learn more about National Ride for Reading Week HERE.
May 10th – Nashville Book Delivery to Fall Hamilton Elementary
We invite you to register to join us for our May book delivery to Fall-Hamilton Elementary School on Friday, May 10th from 12:00pm – 2:30pm in Nashville, TN! Location meet-up: Sevier Park Community Center (3021 Lealand Lane). This delivery will be held during our National Ride for Reading Week and will be our biggest delivery of the year! Our goal is to have over 50 volunteer cyclists and readers joining us. We encourage you to invite your family, friends or a group of your colleagues to join you!
We hope you will join us in making a difference by delivering books to the children at Fall-Hamilton Elementary by bicycle. Get that bike ready, load up some books and join us for an experience you will never forget- and neither will the children you serve! All levels of cyclists and volunteer readers are welcome. Click HERE to learn more.
With Spring comes warm weather, a lot of cycling, reading and outdoor events! We have a great line-up of Events and Volunteer Events coming up including:
April Book Delivery
Volunteer cyclists and readers are still needed for our upcoming book delivery to Glenview Elementary School on Tuesday, April 2nd from 12:00pm – 2:00pm in Nashville. Location meet-up: Seven Oaks Park (3474 McGavock Pike). *Note: this route will be slightly more challenging than others so the more volunteers the better! Learn more and sign up to register HERE.
“Bootcamp for Books”
Trainer Bre Hollie will be hosting a FREE WORKOUT in Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on Saturday, April 7th at 2:00pm in support of Ride for Reading. This will be a family-friendly workout event in the park! Get a workout in & support a local nonprofit! Bring books, bring monetary donations or just bring yourself! RSVP and learn more details HERE.
M.L Rose Charity Night
After a great outdoor “Bootcamp for Books” workout with Trainer Bre Hollie, join us for post-workout food and drinks at M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers – Capitol View (421 11th Ave. N) on Sunday, April 7th from 4-7pm for a Charity Night benefiting Ride for Reading. M.L Rose will be donating 20% of ALL proceeds back to Ride for Reading to support future programming and book deliveries! Learn more or RSVP HERE. Invite your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues to join you!
East Nashville Beer Fest
Rhizome Productions hosts their 9th Annual East Nashville Beer Fest, presented by 3 Crow Bar and benefiting Ride for Reading, at East Park on Saturday, April 13th from 12-5pm. Buy your tickets HERE or sign up to volunteer for the event HERE.
MOAB Bike Shop presents GRAVEL REVIVAL on May 4-5, 2019. All proceeds benefiting Ride for Reading. Gravel/Dirt Fondo Festival for all levels of cyclists with plenty of overnight camping available. Learn more about this epic 2-day family-friendly event and buy your tickets HERE by March 31 to guarantee a t-shirt or sign up to volunteer for this event HERE. Don’t miss this weekend of Camping, Food, Beer, Music, Kids Zone & lots of gravel in Hickman County!
National Ride for Reading Week
SAVE THE DATE for our National Ride for Reading Week local Nashville delivery on Friday, May 10th to Fall-Hamilton Elementary. This will be our biggest delivery of the year with many great things planned! More exciting details to come – stay tuned! National RfR Week city updates will be posted HERE.
Join us for our FIRST book delivery of 2019 to the 640+ children at Smith Springs Elementary School in Antioch, TN on Friday, March 1st. We will meet at Smith Springs Community Center (2801 Smith Springs Rd.) at 12:00pm. We’re kicking off the delivery season on the weekend of Dr. Seuss’ B-day and National Read Across America Day so come dressed as your favorite Dr. Seuss character! Light snacks, drinks and cupcakes will be provided.
VOLUNTEER CYCLISTS & READERS NEEDED!
REGISTER HERE – http://bit.ly/March1_Delivery
1 in 300.
According to the Handbook of Early Literacy Research, the ratio of books per child in low-income neighborhoods is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.
Ride for Reading’s mission is to promote literacy-readiness and healthy-living by delivering age appropriate books to children in low-income communities, by bicycle. Since 2008, we have mobilized over 20,000 volunteers to deliver over 500,000 books to over 300 schools in over 50 cities across the U.S. Founded here locally in Nashville, we host 8-9 book deliveries during the school year, to Title 1 schools. Additionally, we partner with Community Centers and Summer School programs and other Literacy Partners during the summer months to deliver books. Ride for Reading believes that education is not only found within the four walls of a school building, but within the pages of a book you can go anywhere, see anything, and experience everything. Every child deservs that despite economic status.
Volunteers are the core of our mission and we couldn’t do what we do without the help of the community! We are in the need of volunteer CYCLISTS and READERS on an ongoing basis to join us on our book deliveries March – November to deliver 1,000+ books by bicycle to some very excited children! The book delivery consists of volunteers gathering at a Meet-up location to load up books in backpacks, trailers, etc. and riding our bikes together as a group (parade-style) to the School where hundreds of children welcome our volunteers with cheers, smiles, high-fives and hugs! We will share with the children the importance of literacy-readiness and healthy-living through activities like cycling. Volunteers will have the opportunity to interact with the students as they are picking out their books! The delivery route will be no more than 2-5 miles and relatively flat. The delivery will last approximately 2-2.5 hours, so please plan accordingly. We understand many of you are sacrificing your lunches and personal time, so thank you in advance!
Please bring your own bike. All levels of cyclists welcome! If you do not have a bike, many local bike shops offer bike rentals. Please bring a backpack to carry your books in and everyone must wear a helmet (we have a few spare backpacks/helmets to lend).
On each delivery, we are also looking for volunteers to read a book to the pre-K, K and 1st grade classes. If you do not want to ride a bike and would just like to volunteer as a reader, you can meet us to gather some books to take with you and then follow us to the school. Cyclists are welcome to register for both options.
We are excited to share the love of reading (literacy-readiness) & cycling (healthy-living) with these children. We promise, you will never forget the experience of 300-600+ children excited to see so many people from their community bringing them their very own books! The more the merrier- invite your friends, family, co-workers & work teams, bike club members and someone you know that has never experienced a delivery before & join us to impact the lives of several children in our Community.
Thank you all for volunteering your time with Ride for Reading!