VIPs Reading Day

  • We are gearing up for our annual fall event!

    VIPs Reading Day is Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    REGISTER for Reading Day HERE

    Special Offer for 2018 ViPS Reading Day: Funded by a grant acquired by the MacArthur Park group, copies of the book Gordon the Greedy Goose are available for volunteers to read and distribute to your entire class of readers on Reading Day.  Participation is strictly optional and you must agree to read at one of the following schools to have your books delivered and awaiting you on ViPS Reading Day, November 13:  Booker, Chicot, King, Roberts, Rockefeller, Stephens or Williams. 

    If you would like to help educate young people on the proper feeding of geese, help protect our parks, and distribute the book to the students in the classes you visit, please indicate your interest on the ViPS Reading Day registration form.  

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

    Click here to watch the 2017 ViPS Reading Day slideshow!

    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 for ideas on selecting a book!

    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!

    Click here to view the 2016 Reading Day Review Video 

    Click to view a list of readers!

    a kind note from a child about reading day

    teacher on reading day

    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!

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

    ViPS Reading Day 2011: Reading Day 2011 Photos and Reading Day 2011 readers (Yep, click the links!)

    ViPS Reading Day 2010: Reading Day 2010 Photos and Reading Day 2010 readers (Yep, click the links!)