Read to Me Early Literacy Program
Support Early Literacy in Philadelphia Public Schools
Join the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Bank of America, the School District of Philadelphia and other corporate sponsors, in supporting early childhood literacy through the Read to Me Early Literacy Program.
What is the Read to Me Early Literacy Program?
The Read to Me Early Literacy Program is an annual, year-long program that helps support early childhood literacy by providing quality classroom book collections to thousands of Philadelphia students and inspires them to read with their parents, caregivers, or teachers throughout the school year. In addition, it provides teacher orientations to train educators on how to effectively bring the program into their classrooms, and parent workshops that encourage caregivers to read aloud to their children at home. The program was developed by Lynn Rosenthal, an award winning reading specialist in Philadelphia city schools for more than 30 years.
Each year, the Chamber and its partners hold the Read to Me Early Literacy Storyteller Event to support the Read to Me Early Literacy Program. As part of the event, regional executives and business leaders go into Philadelphia classrooms to read to students and showcase their personal and financial commitment to helping children understand the value of reading. To view photos from this year, click here.
If you were unable to participate as a storyteller but would like to support the Read to Me Early Literacy Program, you may still make a tax-deductible donation*. We welcome donations of any amount to support this program.
*Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Please check to see if this contribution qualifies for your company’s match.
Checks should be made payable to Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Regional Foundation.
Click here to register a Storyteller