Who We Are
We believe in working as a community to build an equitable world where all children are strong, confident readers who succeed in school and in life. Founded by Isaac Coleman and a group of community activists, R2S has served more than 600 elementary students over the past ten years. Read more about our vision, mission, and core values here.
What We Do
Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe advocates for children's literacy through kindergarten-readiness programming with children birth to five-years-old, one-to-one tutoring with K-3rd grade students, and community-powered literacy programming with families and community partners. Learn more here.
Who We Serve
With closing the opportunity gap in mind, our goal is to support students in achieving grade-level reading proficiency by the end of 3rd grade. We serve children and their families in Asheville and Buncombe County, including partnering with 11 elementary schools in the Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools systems.
“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout the life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.”
- Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations
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Asheville City Schools
Beth Ha-Tephila Congregation
Borg Warner Foundation
BorgWarner Turbo Systems, Asheville
Buncombe County Schools
Celine & Company
Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville
Housing Authority of the City of Asheville
Jaguar Land Rover Asheville
OpenDoors of Asheville
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Rotary Club of Asheville
Table for Two Pottery
The Cathedral of All Souls
The City of Asheville
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
The Junior League of Asheville
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
University of North Carolina Asheville
Wells Fargo Foundation
WNC Bridge Foundation
WK Kellogg Foundation
Read to Succeed is on a mission to close the race-based opportunity gap through community-powered literacy programming that engages children, families, and community partners.
Get in Touch!
Phone: (828) 747-2277
Physical address: 16A Stewart St.
Asheville, NC 28806
(*Note: Our office is located in the Pisgah View Apartments community)
Mailing address: PO Box 18652
Asheville, NC 28814