Read Seed, Inc was founded in 2001 primarily to build home libraries for low-income children. I understood the significance of children owning books as a way to level the literacy field between children of diverse cultures, We set out to identify families with young children and give them books.
First books were given at W.G. Pearson preschool in 2001. In 2002, we partnered with Durham Housing Authority to give every child between ages 0 and 7 years old a new, age-appropriate book. We delivered books directly to their home. The Books In A Bag Program expanded to multiple annual distributions and Housing Authorities in Roxboro, Chapel Hill, Rocky Mount, Hillsborough and Oxford.
Book giving was especially rewarding when RSI gave them their “first book” and later built home libraries by giving multiple books to families. This giving is life changing because children who own books will become parents who give their children books.
In response to the need for books RSI developed literacy programs to reach more children including:
Books In A Bag
Seeding Summer Reading
Parent & Child Literacy Program
Free Book Days
Christmas Book Giving
Family Night Out
September Literacy Month
Community Outreach Program
Community Bookshelf Program
Read A Thon 2003, 2004, 2005 2006, 2010
Read Seed History
Ms. Banks with WTVD Community Program Anchor, Angela Hampton.