2022 has been a year for the record books at R2S! Check out our quick look back in the video below:
2022 By the Numbers:
• 100+ tutors and community partner staff trained
• Over 750 families participating in family reading and community events
• 2,000+ culturally-responsive children's books distributed
• 150 PreK and elementary students reached by programming weekly
• 10 reading teachers supporting after-school classrooms
• 40+ reading tutors supporting K-4 students twice a week
• 100% of students enrolled in R2S Tutoring Program demonstrating gains in foundational reading skills
• 6 visits with local students by Black children's book authors
• 6 new members added to the R2S Board of Directors
• 2 new full-time staff members added to R2S team
. . . and much more!
Is your family looking for a unique and impactful way to give back this holiday season? Keep reading in mind as you explore fun and charitable ways to spread holiday cheer and support your community.
1. Donated gently used books
Making space for new books and gifts arriving at your house this holiday season? Encourage your entire family to collect gently used items (books, clothes, toys, etc.) for donation. Make sure they are in good condition, clean, and worthy of donation to be enjoyed by another family. Great places to donate gently used books include:
2. Read and feed
What better way to practice reading, writing, and explore new vocabulary together than through food and cooking? Write a grocery list of items with your kids to buy and donate to a local food pantry or read a recipe together and cook a holiday treat for a neighbor or community group. Great places to donate food in Asheville and Buncombe County this holiday season include:
3. Write a holiday letter
Reaching out to loved ones near and far during the holidays can bring a lot of cheer and happiness to others who may find this time of year lonely or challenging. Work with your kids to write and decorate holiday cards and letters filled with encouraging words and love.
4. Read to others
Children can practice reading to others around the holidays in a variety of ways - Zoom Grandma and read her a bedtime story, contact a local animal shelter and see if they let children read to any of their feline residents, record a live story time and share privately with family and friends, the options are endless!
5. Give the gift of literacy
If your family contributes to charitable organizations around the holidays, consider education and literacy nonprofits that are working hard to support students in learning to read. The impact of COVID on learning loss, combined with decades of declining reading growth, especially among elementary students, means that the work of reading tutors and education organizations is more important than ever.
Thanks to Panashe Real Estate Asheville for sponsoring this post!
1st Annual Community Holiday Extravaganza
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, 12 PM - 4 PM
Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center
(133 Livingston St, Asheville, NC 28801)
The Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, Chosen PODS, Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe (R2S), and Buncombe Partnership for Children are thrilled to welcome special guest and local author Jorge Redmond to the first annual Community Holiday Extravaganza at the Arthur R. Edington Center from 12 PM - 4 PM on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.
Asheville native Redmond will be reading from his new children’s book, “Black Boy, Black Boy” and sharing free signed copies with all attending families. Co-authored by Redmond and his longtime friend Ali Kamanda and illustrated by Ken Daly, “Black Boy, Black Boy” is a vibrant rhyming children’s book that celebrates a host of change-makers in Black history from around the world.
In addition to the live reading and book giveaway, the Community Holiday Extravaganza will include a holiday market featuring BIPOC-owned businesses, children’s holidays crafts, cookie decorating, free lunch from Daddy D’s Food Truck and Cooking with Comedy, free coffee and cocoa, and more.
Holiday market vendors include True Divine Accessories, Fab5ive Collection, SimplyChic Kollection, This & That Accessories, Resident 2 Resilience, The Body & Temple, Black Diamond Group, Dope Divas, and more.
This event is open to the community and sponsored in part by Panashe Real Estate and Van Winkle Law Firm. It will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022 from 12 PM - 4 PM at the Arthur R. Edington Center (133 Livingston Street, Asheville, 28801).
Thanks to our sponsor:
Additional support from:
Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Fair Benefiting R2S
Dec. 17, 2022
Barnes & Noble Biltmore Town Square
(33 Town Square Blvd #100, Asheville, NC 28803)
On December 17, 2022, visit Barnes & Noble (Biltmore Town Square) for a unique way to support to Read to Succeed!
Shop for holiday gifts and use the voucher below to make sure a portion of your purchase goes to R2S' community-powered literacy programming.
It's easy! Click the flyer with barcode attached below, print, and present it at checkout at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, Dec. 17!
In addition to great holiday shopping, there will also be free games and treats for kids, face painting, prizes, and more!
Even better? Save 10% on one item using the coupon below - click to download and print, and present at checkout on 12/17/22.
R2S distributes thousands of culturally-responsive children's books every year in seasonal book bundles for students, at family reading and community events, with school and after-school partners, and much more.
Thank you to Barnes & Noble for their incredible partnership and dedication to students in Asheville and Buncombe County!
Looking for a fun learning activity for your PreK child to enjoy over Winter Break? Don’t miss these five activities, complete with supply lists, directions, and family reading tips!
1. Gingerbread Letters
A student’s ability to recognize and name letters and letter sounds is a fundamental reading skill that helps prepare them for kindergarten. Practice letter name recognition with this delicious cookie-inspired activity.
We based our recipe off of this no-cook recipe from Artful Parent, with an addition of gingerbread cookie spices!
Gingerbread Dough instructions:
2. Snowman Letter Match
PreK students being able to identify, read, and write lowercase and uppercase letters is essential to kindergarten readiness. Students can use this activity to learn that uppercase letters have a special job (i.e., on names and places), and lowercase letters are used most often.
*Check out this letter formation guide for practicing writing letters.
3. Hot Chocolate Alphabet Match
Turn your crafty cup of cocoa into a fun activity for matching lowercase and uppercase letters – and practicing letter names and sounds!
Check out a supply list and directions over on Toddler Approved - click here.
4. Snowball Letter Fight
Get active while learning with this winter-inspired activity that supports letter recognition skills.
5. Finger Painting Fun with Frosting!
In addition to recognizing and naming letters, learning to write letters with the correct letter formation is an important skill for PreK students to be able to learn to read when they get to kindergarten. Use this fun activity to practice letter formation (and enjoy a yummy treat!).
Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe (R2S) is a local, independent nonprofit on a mission to help close the