About Us

We would like to introduce ourselves. We are a new nonprofit group called Appalachian Literacy Initiative. Our program is designed to increase reading among area students by putting quality new books into their hands. Research shows there is a correlation between reading scores and access to books in the home: students that have fewer books in the home are much less likely to read at proficient level.

We are looking for 4th grade classrooms to be a part of our pilot program this year.  We will give each of your students a new book of their choosing from our book list 4 times a year (ideally mid-September, December before Christmas break, late February/ early March and mid-May before summer vacation). We will send you a classroom set of the books on each list to help the students make their selection. Your teachers will tally up the students’ selections and email the order to us. We will then ship the books directly to your school for the teachers to hand out to their classrooms.

In addition to giving students books, we would like to provide teachers in your 4th, 5th and 6th grades with books for small reading circles for their classrooms. We plan to add 5th grade classrooms in the second year of our program and 6th grade classrooms in the third year.

We ask that you provide us with some basic demographic information and test scores before we begin and then each year that your students continue the program.

Look for more information in the next few weeks as we develop our website. Our email address is appalachianlit@gmail.com.