• 52 Weeks of Reading

    52 Weeks of Reading

    Roanoke City Public Schools (RCPS) has launched 52 Weeks of Reading for the 2023-2024 school year! Every Wednesday at 7 p.m., students and their families are invited to tune in for a virtual story time, featuring special readers and discussion questions to promote literacy, critical thinking, and family engagement.

    52 Weeks of Reading is generously sponsored by Cox Communications and Gentry Locke Attorneys.

    Visit this page every Wednesday to watch our weekly videos. Use the dropdowns below to find our full list of videos.


  • Week 16: Wintercake, Kelly Sandridge, Chief Communications & Community Engagement Officer

  • Week 15: Libby Loves Science, Dr. Eric Anderson, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education

  • Week 14: Mmm, Cookies!, Mary Lawson, Kindergarten Teacher, Morningside Elementary School

  • Week 13: Captain Buckle and Gloria, Chris Perkins, Chief Operations Officer

  • Week 12: The Magical Yet, Myra Wasson, 4th Grade Teacher, Fallon Park Elementary School

  • Week 11: Ada Twist, Scientist, Dr. Alan Seibert, Constituent Services & Government Relations Officer

  • Week 10: All Through the Night, Dr. Schwanda Jackson, Director of Equity and Organizational Diversity

  • Week 9: King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, Dr. Lisa Renard Spicer, Supervisor of English for Middle & High Schools

  • Week 8: A Very Cranky Bear, Archie Freeman, Chief Academic Officer

  • Week 7: A Song of Frutas, Courtney Poindexter, Fallon Park Elementary

  • Week 6: Caps for Sale, read by Jeff Merritt, Cox Communications - Roanoke

  • Week 5: I Am Enough, read by Jasmine Swann, Westside Elementary School

  • Week 4: Knight Owl, read by Dr. White, Superintendent

  • Week 3: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, read by Chaz Tyree, Preston Park Elementary School

  • Week 2: The Kissing Hand, read by Sharon Ritter, Virginia Heights Elementary School

  • Sponsor 52 Weeks of Reading

    Become a Sponsor!

    Every Wednesday evening during the school year at 7 p.m. and throughout the summer, families will be encouraged to join their child(ren) for a virtual story time. Discussion questions will be provided to allow families to engage with their child to enhance reading comprehension, critical thinking, and to promote family engagement.

    Your support of 52 Weeks of Reading will provide critical funding to support the Booker T. Washington Center for Community Empowerment and Education, which is scheduled to open in 2025.

    The vision for the center is to provide the community with a place to strengthen family and community bonds, access information and resources, and promote economic development and mobility.

    Sponsorship levels range from $25 to $5,000. Download our sponsorship flyer to learn more about sponsorship benefits.

    Position your organization as an advocate of literacy and public education and become a sponsor today!



  • For More Information
    Communications & Marketing Department
    (540) 853-2816 | marketing@rcps.info