Join us for our August Back-to-School book delivery to Fannie Battle | Day Home for Children on Friday, August 2nd from 8:00am – 10:30am in Nashville, TN! Location meet-up: Cumberland Park/Titans Stadium Parking Lot “R” (2 Victory Ave. Nashville, TN 37213).
Fannie Battle’s mission is to provide affordable high-quality childcare for at-risk children in a nurturing environment while empowering families to reach their potential. There will be opportunities to volunteer to read to all of the children, infant to school age. If you love to hold babies, there will be opportunities to hold, read to & interact with the infants & toddlers!
FREE juice samples from Clean Juice (Five Points), as well as coffee and breakfast snacks will be provided for volunteers!
We hope you will join us this summer in making a difference by delivering books to the children at Fannie Battle by bicycle. Grab some breakfast, coffee, 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 below to register to ride your bike or read books to children in East Nashville!
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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 deserves that despite economic status.
Click HERE for a Ride for Reading book delivery promo video.
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, let us know and we can put you in touch with a local bike shop that offers bike rentals as well as Nashville B-cycle. 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 books to several of the 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 hundreds of 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 children at Fannie Battle.
Thank you all for volunteering your time with Ride for Reading!