• 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 44: Kindness Week read by Chelsea Reyes-Velasquez, a student in the Teachers for Tomorrow program at the Charles W. Day Technical Education Center.

  • Week 43: How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? read by Lindsay Edmonds, Nutrition Coordinator with Southwest Food Excellence (SFE)

  • Week 42: The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be read by Jocelyn and Janariah, students in the Teachers for Tomorrow program at the Charles W. Day Technical Education Center.

  • Week 41: We're Different, We're the Same, read by La'Shay Foreman, School Social Worker at Hurt Park Elementary School

  • Week 40: Dandylion Summer, read by Dr. White, Superintendent

  • Week 39: Pies from Nowhere, read by Abigail Hess, 4th Grade Teacher at Virginia Heights Elementary School

  • Week 38: How to Spot a Best Friend, read by Kiana Bell, 6th Grade History Teacher, Lucy Addison Middle School, and Eboni Harrington, AVID Teacher, William Fleming High School and Teachers for Tomorrow Teacher, DAYTEC

  • Week 37: Seriously, Cinderella is So Annoying! read by Jessica Blandy, 2nd Grade Teacher at Grandin Court Elementary School, and President of the Roanoke City Council of PTAs

  • Week 36: The Great Truck Rescue read by Don Richardson, Supervisor of Maintenance

  • Week 35: The Color Monster, read by Dr. Hayley Poland, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Sgt. Brandi Lazare, Sergeant of Community Engagement, Roanoke Sheriff's Office

  • Week 34: When Things Aren't Going Right, Go Left, Mary-Katherine Schmidt, Supervisor of Early Learning

  • Week 33: Horton Hears a Who, Stan Robinson, Director of Facilities

  • Week 32: The World Needs More Purple People, Danielle Allen, Principal, Hurt Park Elementary School

  • Week 31: The Snowy Day, Carisa Stallworth, Director of Payroll

  • Week 30: Oh, the Places You'll Go! Anthony Swann, Assistant Principal, Monterey 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