• 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 27: Mae Among the Stars, Olivia Hiner, Kindergarten Teacher, Monterey Elementary School

  • Week 26: Green Eggs and Ham, Rebecca McConchie, Special Education Teacher, Morningside Elementary School

  • Week 25: The Great Fuzz Frenzy, Kristin Gierke, 5th Grade Teacher, Lincoln Terrace Elementary School

  • Week 24: I Got the Rhythm, Ariel Austin, Music Teacher, Lincoln Terrace Elementary School

  • Week 23: One Winter's Day, Kathleen Jackson, Chief Financial Officer

  • Week 22: Isabel and Her Colores Go to School, Karina Altamirano, Bilingual Assistant | Asistente Bilingüe

  • Week 21: Baby Ballers: Michael Jordan, Wes Williams, Executive Director of Technology

  • Week 20: Peanut Butter & Cupcake!, Corey Allder, Director of Community Engagement

  • Week 19: Math Curse, Dr. Julie Drewry, Executive Director for Research, Accountability, & Assessment

  • Week 18: The Dot, Wade Whitehead, 5th Grade Teacher at Crystal Springs Elementary School

  • Week 17: The Little Snow Plow, and Harold Loves His Woolly Hat, Dr. Verletta White, Superintendent

  • 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

  • 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