R2S Celebrates 10 Years!
Read to Succeed is thrilled to celebrate a decade of community-powered literacy programming aimed at helping close the race-based opportunity gap in Asheville and Buncombe County.
Started in 2009 officially by a group of community activists, R2S trained and matched its first tutors with local elementary students in 2010. Our programming has grown from one school to over 12 schools and community partners, and our scope of work has expanded from K-3 tutoring to early childhood support and community/family engagement.
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Asheville, NC 28814
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On any given week at R2S you might find volunteer reading tutors working in school and after school with students, R2S staff teaching phonics lessons at the Arthur R. Edington Center and Children First/Communities in Schools Buncombe County Learning Center, family reading newsletters and book bundles being distributed to partners, kindergarten-readiness trainings happening with early childhood teachers, and much more!
Check out the infographic below for key milestones from the past decade including:
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R2S 10-Year Anniversary Infographic
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As many Asheville natives have now heard, local Ashevillian, Karly Sindy, has taken the community by storm with her hilarious license plate.
The “FART” license plate has withstood some scrutiny in order to become a force for good. At first, a simple gas-inspired idea to make people smile, the “FART” license plate meant exactly what you would think. After public input, however, FART took on new life as an acronym standing for “Friends of Asheville Recreational Trails" – a community for hikers, nature enthusiasts, and “don’t deny the fart activists." Stickers are for sale here with 100% of proceeds benefiting Read to Succeed. (Thank you, Karly!)
In the spirit of the “FART” license plate, we’ve compiled a list of children's books highlighting our many bodily functions with practical and humorous ways to talk about them.
"Walter the Farting Dog" by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray, illustrated by Audrey Colman
Billy and Betty think that their farting dog, Walter, is hilarious and cannot stop laughing whenever he does. Their Father however, is not as entertained until Walter preforms a heroic act that makes him reevaluate his stance.
Laugh along to a free read aloud here.
"Everyone Poops" written and illustrated by Taro Gomi
Out of all the qualities that relate humans to animals, pooping might be the most obvious. This book describes just that, and reminds us of the simple truth that, “Everyone Poops”.
Watch and listen along to a free read aloud here.
"Raj's Rule (For the Bathroom at School)" by Lang Button, illustrated by Hatem Aly
Raj has a rule that he never uses the bathroom at school. In order to avoid facing his fear of the school toilets, Raj also avoids anything that may prompt a spontaneous bathroom visit, from playing with his friends to doing school work, he avoids distraction from his goal of making it back home before he has to go. When a sneeze ruins his plans, Raj realizes the school bathrooms aren’t so bad after all.
Watch a live read aloud here.
"Even Superheroes Use the Potty" by Sara Crow, illustrated by Adam Record
This book is great for young ones starting to learn about good bathroom habits. Its rhyming pages cover hand washing, flushing, and putting the lid down while reminding us that “Superheroes Use the Potty” too.
Listen to the rhymes with a free read aloud here.
"Clayton Parker Really Really REALLY has to Pee" by Cinco Paul illustrated by Gladys Jose
Clayton Parker is so excited for his school field trip that he forgets to use the bathroom before he gets on the bus. Once they arrive at the zoo, he is faced with the ultimate challenge of holding it while trying to find a place to pee!
Listen to a free read aloud here.
See More Curated R2S Booklists:
11 Children's Books About Love Featuring Black Characters
10 Books About Moving to a New Place Featuring Black Protagonists
10 STEM-inspire Children's books With Black Protagonists
10 Spring-Inspired Books Featuring Black Characters
8 Winter-Themed Culturally-Responsive Children's Books
Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe (R2S) is a local, independent nonprofit on a mission to help close the