ViPS Reading Day





    It's a Wrap- 2020 Jane Mendel Reading Day

    A few brave performers ZOOMED their way into LRSD elementary classrooms on November 17th to remind students just how fun it is to discover a new book and share it with others. (Right-to-left) Kathleen Pate performed as Lady Liberty during her reading of My Left Foot. Superintendent Mike Poore shared Have You Filled a Bucket Today? with students on their feet in response. The wacky and fun Amelia Bedelia was introduced by Deborah Baldwin and Jim Metzger. Even Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. shared his thoughts on reading, encouraging students to find something that excites them and read, read, read!


    With volunteer readers unable to visit classrooms this year, ViPS focused on building classroom libraries. Well over ONE THOUSAND new books were donated by loyal friends and donors! Many wrote personal notes sharing their love for reading and encouraging students to increase the time they spend reading each day. Leigh Cooper, a 26-year teacher from Jefferson Elementary, expressed her gratitude: "ViPS Reading Day has always been a favorite day at our school. Thank yo for making this year's Reading Day so special during these challenging times." Well said Ms. Cooper!


    Thank You So Very Much





    2019 Reading Day Photo Recap.  Thank you readers.

    For a list of all Reading Day 2018 readers, click here.   Click here to view 2018 Reading Day photos.

    For a list of all Reading Day 2017 readers, click here.

    General Reading Day information:

    What is ViPS Reading Day?  It is a one-day event hosted by Volunteers in Public Schools with a two-fold objective:

    • To encourage READING for all ages.
    • To raise awareness of volunteer opportunities within the Little Rock School District.

    Is registration required in order to participate?  Yes. It is our goal for every elementary classroom to have a visiting reader on Reading Day.  All assignments are made from registrations received. 

    What are readers expected to do?  Readers are asked to select a story (15-30 minutes in length) to read to their assigned class.  It is important to share your love for reading with your students and encourage positive reading habits during your visit.  Many volunteers will incorporate the use of props, visuals, or use funny voices to keep students engaged.  We encourage you to have fun and be creative!  Need ideas on selecting a book? Click here

    How long will it take?  Though most volunteers are in the classroom for approximately 30 minutes, allow one hour to include a timely arrival and check-in.

    Once I register, when will I receive my assignment?  Most assignments are mailed during the last week of October and the first week of November. If you have not received a letter or e-mail from the ViPS office by November 10th, please call 447-4450.

    Who do I contact with additional questions?  Tammy Blaylock or Jackie Merrell, ViPS staff

    Reader videos:

    VIDEO 1 - Kevin Clay

    VIDEO 2 - Leroy Harris

    VIDEO 3 - Emily Hester

    VIDEO 4 - Henri Smothers

    Thank you 2016 Reading Day volunteers!

    2016 Reading Day Review

    Click to view list of readers!


    Pirate Robert Dorer at McDermott.jpg Many thanks to the hundreds of volunteer readers participating in 2015.

    ViPS Jane Mendel Reading Day!

    Our volunteers never cease to amaze us.  What a wonderful day it was in LRSD elementary schools on November 17th!  If you were able to participate this year, thank you so much. If you had to miss the 2015 fall adventure just click the links below for our reader list and some wonderful photos.

    2015 READER LIST


    Many thanks to all volunteers participating in ViPS Jane Mendel Reading Day 2014!


    CLICK to view list of readers.

    CLICK to view slideshow.

    ViPS Reading Day 2013: Photos and readers

    Enjoy these great stories and reader videos: WJ Monagle - Fox 16 Good Day and Channel 4 Arkansas Matters

    ViPS Reading Day 2012: Photos and readers (Yep, click the links!)

    ViPS Reading Day 2011 Review
    2011 Reader Participants

    ViPS Reading Day 2010 Review
    Click here to view our photos. Reading Day Slideshow