WAKE Up and Read
A community collaboration focused on the goal of having all students reading on grade level by grade three.
WAKE Up and Read

WAKE Up and Read is a community collaboration focused on the goal of having all students reading on grade level by grade three.  This initiative originated as a Grade-Level Reading Campaign grant proposal.  Key leaders from education, business, civic, philanthropic and non-profit agencies are participating in the collaboration.  The focus of this national initiative targets three areas: school readiness, regular school, attendance, and summer learning.  The local WAKE Up and Read Campaign has elected to focus initial energies around the first pillar, school readiness.

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The WAKE Up and Read book drive was a tremendous success! From March 2 – March 29, 2014, WAKE Up and Read collected over 67,000 new and gently-used books for children ages birth-12.  Our goal is to ensure that every child in our community has the opportunity to develop a love for reading. During the months of May and June, the books collected will be distributed to schools and childcare centers. Please consider volunteering to help with set-up and distribution. Click here to volunteer.

Please note that volunteers must complete the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Volunteer Registration in order to assist with set-up or distribution at a school site. Volunteers may register at any WCPSS school on Mondays between 8:00am - 4:00pm through May 19, 2014. Registration does not have occur at the same school location where the volunteer service will take place.

Welcome to Letterland Day at Pullen Park

Letterland Day at Pullen Park will be on Saturday, May 17th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. We need your help to make the May 17th event a huge success. To ensure that the children have a fun, safe day, we need volunteers at each of the activity stations. Click here to volunteer.

Thank you Wake County for helping WAKE Up and Read not only meet but exceed our goal of raising 40,000 books. WAKE Up and Read wishes to thanks the following groups who collected books and participated in all three sort events.

Apex Middle School                                              Lead Mine Elementary
Ballentine Elementary PTA                                   Lenovo
Barnes & Noble                                                     Ligon Middle Dance Team
Baucom ES                                                           Literacy Council of Wake County
Board Advisory Council - District 9                        Lufkin Road Middle
Books are Magic                                                   Marbles Kids Museum 
Brier Creek Elementary                                        MetaMetrics
Briarcliff Elementary                                             Mills Park Middle
Brooks Elementary                                                Motheread
Burning Coal Theatre                                            Nice Price Books
Carpenter Elementary                                           NC Society of Hispanic Professionals
Carroll Middle                                                        NC State University Students
Cary Elementary                                                    NC State University Women's Center
Cary Chamber of Commerce                                 Oak Grove Elementary
Cary YMCA                                                             Olds Elementary
Cause for Paws Thrift Shop                                   Olive Chapel Elementary
Cedar Fork Elementary                                          Penny Road Elementary
Conn Elementary                                                   Phillips High
Cedar Fork Elementary                                          Pi Beta Phi
Cup A Joe                                                              Poe Elementary
Davis Drive Middle                                                 Powell Elementary
Dillard Elementary                                                 Project Enlightenment
Dillard Middle                                                        Quail Ridge Books
Durant Road Elementary                                        Raleigh Crossfit
Exploris Middle School                                          Reach Out and Read
Fairmont United Methodist Church                        Red Hat
Famington Woods Elementary                              Reedy Creek Elementary
East Wake Middle                                                  Reedy Creek Middle
Fletcher Academy                                                 SAS
Fuquay Middle                                                      Swift Creek Elementary
Holly Grove Elementary                                        The Oaks at Whitaker Glen
Holly Spring Elementary                                        US Health Group
Holly Springs High                                                 Wade Edwards Learning Lab
Interact of Wake County                                        Wake County Public School System Central Services
Joyner Elementary                                                Wake County Smart Start
Kerr YMCA                                                             Wake Education Partnership  
Koka Booth Amphitheatre                                      Wake Forest High
Kraft YMCA                                                             Wendell Midde
LS3P                                                                       Zebulon Middle                                                                        

In the News

Principal Dance Off - News & Observer

In Depth: WAKE Up and Read - News 14
See Ruben on WRAL and WNCN sharing news of the Book Drive. 

Finding hope for struggling students in a bonanza of NC book-giving - News & Observer