Join us for our FIRST book delivery in 2019 to Smith Springs Elementary School in Antioch, TN on Friday, March 1st. We will meet at Smith Springs Community Center at 12:00pm.
We are kicking off delivery season by inviting volunteers to dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ B-day and Read Across America Day (March 2nd)! Light snacks, beverages and cupcakes will be provided!
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 600+ children at Smith Springs Elementary.
Thank you all for volunteering your time with Ride for Reading!