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 our Annual Giving Campaign so our hope is for this to be our biggest delivery of the year!! Our goal is to have over 50 volunteer cyclists and readers joining us so invite your family, friends or a group of your colleagues to join you!
If you would like to help out by donating new or gently-used children’s books for this delivery, we are partnering up with personal Trainer, Bre Hollie, for a “Bootcamp for Books” on Sunday, April 7th from 2-3:30pm. You may also drop off books at any of our book donation sites around Nashville.
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.
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 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, 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 300-500+ children excited to see so many people from their community bringing them their very own books! 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 level of cyclists welcome. 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 Fall-Hamilton Elementary.
Thank you all for volunteering your time with Ride for Reading!