ViPS Reading Day

  • ViPS Jane Mendel Reading Day 2022

    Tuesday, November 15, 2022

    Ready to register?  Click here!

    Thank YOu Donors and Readers Supporting ViPS Jane Mendel Reading Day 2021

      Thank you to all of our readers, in-person & virtual, our book donators
    and LRSD staff that made 2021 Jane Mendel Reading Day a success!

    Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.


    2021 ViPS Reading Day Review - 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 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 - Ginny Belotti

    VIDEO 3 - Emily Hester

    VIDEO 4 - Henri Smothers

    Due to health and safety restrictions during Covid, all participants were asked to donate books to our schools.

    Over 2000 new, hardback books were donated to LRSD elementary schools in November 2020.

    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.

    Thank you 2016 Reading Day volunteers!

    2016 Reading Day Review

    Click to view list of readers!

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    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


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

    ViPS Reading Day 2011 Review
    2011 Reader Participants

    ViPS Reading Day 2010 Review
     Reading Day Slideshow