Partner Spotlight: Nashville Public Education Foundation

The Book Nooks program was started through the Nashville Public Education Foundation with a generous grant from the Rotary Club of Nashville. The grant provided full classroom libraries to every classroom in two elementary schools totaling over 6,000 books. The schools receiving books were Hattie Cotton Elementary and Rosebank Elementary, which are both schools serving a majority of students who are economically disadvantaged, and in which many classrooms had few to no books. Now, each classroom enjoys a full library with nearly 300 books each. Dozens of Rotarians helped place stickers inside each book marking the donation and helped package them for delivery to schools.

Now, Hattie Cotton Elementary and Rosebank Elementary are inviting Rotarians to read aloud to classrooms to celebrate MNPS’ Read Me Week in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and increasing literacy growth across Nashville. For each 30 minute time slot, volunteers will be provided 3 to 5 books to read aloud to students. In addition, volunteers will also be provided helpful resources and Book Nooks bookmarks to give away to students. Feel free to sign up for multiple time slots if you would like! The Nashville Public Education Foundation is very excited for Nashville Rotarians to share their love of reading with Nashville’s young students.
To register, click here.