Reading on grade level by the end of third grade is the single most important predictor of academic success. Studies show that children who are not reading on grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school. Sadly, according to a report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 39% of Charlotte area third graders are reading on grade level.

The majority of children in the schools we serve have very few, if any, books at home.  Providing free books to local teachers helps them build their classroom libraries…and it allows them to send books home with their students. Providing access to books for local children is one way that we can all support literacy efforts in our community!

Powerful Pages Community Book Drive: January 2020

We are celebrating National Book Month in January by inviting you to participate in a community-wide book drive.

As part of its Powerful Pages initiative, Domtar has partnered with Classroom Central to provide educators the materials they need to improve reading success in local classrooms. You can help by participating in the Powerful Pages Community Book Drive, January 21-31, 2020.

There are several ways to participate:

  • Host a book drive and collect new and gently used children’s books
  • Donate new and gently used children’s books
  • Purchase books from Classroom Central’s Amazon Wish List
  • Make a financial donation

How to Host a Book Drive

Like our summer supply drives, hosting a book drive is something you can do where you work, where you worship or where you live. It’s a great time for you and your friends or colleagues to de-clutter your homes by donating new or gently used children’s books (pre-K through 12th grade) to Classroom Central. These books will be distributed to students in need across our region!

All we ask is that the books are in “good” condition and free from any writing or notes inside. These books are especially helpful to newer teachers who are building their classroom libraries. It also allows teachers to send books home with their students throughout the school year and over the summer.


If you have any questions, please email Aubrye Carr.