Community Collaborations

  1. ReadGR identifies and develops partnerships with public schools in greater Grand Rapids with a large number of families experiencing poverty (At least 50% of students eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program).
  2. Businesses, churches, and organizations in each targeted school's neighborhood are sought out as community sponsors and to serve as the volunteer base in the school.

Books-for-Home Pop Up

  1. A special school day is set aside for ReadGR partners and volunteers to come in to distribute books.
  2. ReadGR sets up a display of books and volunteers are ready to read with students and help them select books.
  3. Each student chooses a book from a large and appropriate selection. The student can take this free book with them to build their at-home library.
  4. Students take home information about the importance of reading at home and great tips and strategies for parents to use to encourage reading.


  1. Data on student preferences, reading time, parent involvement, number of books at home is collected via a questionnaire.
  2. Information on school demographics and ELA scores is collected.
  3. Numbers are crunched, results are reviewed, and appropriate changes to the program and process are made.