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  • Thank you for your interest in the Read & Succeed Literacy Program (Washoe County School District, Volunteer Services Department.)

    This is what you can make happen with a grant of $1,000 to $10,000.

    As of September 1st, 2017, our current funding priorities are:

    The Read & Succeed book program is an all-volunteer program annually providing 138,000 free K-12 “Take Home” books for local school children.  The children choose, take home and keep books, encouraging home literacy and parent engagement, e.g. building home libraries, reading between siblings, or reading with parents, other family members and friends.  Home literacy is a component for supporting school grade level reading skills and encourage a love of books and reading. 

    Books are requested by school or organizations and provided  through community book drives at local businesses / organizations, through grants, but mainly through community organization donations, e.g. Better World Books, Dollar Book Swap, United Cerebral Palsy, etc.  Additionally, as available, books are provided at community sites where students are served, e.g. Boys and Girls Clubs, homeless shelters, Children’s Cabinet, etc.  Schools identified as low-income (Title 1 schools), Children In Transition (homeless) and those students identified as not having books in their homes are considered as a priority for providing books.  Read & Succeed is a member of the national Reading Is Fundamental program with numerous awards for supporting home literacy.

    Funding is required to provide special requested books, cleaning and processing supplies for donated books, volunteer appreciation and a Book Program Manager to support recruiting, community book drives and for the training and coordination of book program volunteers.   

    The Read & Succeed, Elementary and Math Paths volunteer training programs offer foundational trainings for Pre-K through sixth grade in reading, writing and math games for potential volunteer tutors, parent trainings at school sites and monthly “Train the Trainer” opportunities for Early Childhood caretakers.  Volunteer training and orientations are necessary for successful volunteer programs, preparing the academic volunteer tutor to better assist teachers and students.  Highly qualified retired teachers provide the District approved trainings.  For 2017, over 75 trainings have been offered with 362 participants served. 

    Funding is required to provide retired teacher stipends, training materials/printing and training refreshments.  Training materials / printing and refreshments are donated by local businesses as available.  Math Paths playing cards and dice are donated by local casinos as available and converted for use by volunteers.   

    The Volunteer Services Department supports an average of 15,000 school volunteers annually, most are parents volunteering at school sites.   Up to 3,000 thousand are community volunteers, who have been recruited and placed through Volunteer Services.  There is no budget to recognize volunteers or provide for a volunteer recognition event.  
     The Washoe County School District’s Volunteer Services Department has three permanent staff recruiting and providing over 3,000 community volunteers to support academics and other school, department and program needs. The Volunteer Services Department is nationally Service Enterprise certified, has a 34 Return on Investment and the Administrator, Lisa-Marie Lightfoot, M.A., CVA holds a credential in Volunteer Administration.

    Call Lisa-Marie Lightfoot to talk with her about these exciting grant opportunities. Check out our website at and here’s the link to our Facebook page:   

    To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, call Lauren Renda or Lyndsey Crossley at 775-333-5499 or go to