Ready to Read

Our club debuted its First Signature Service Project, Ready to Read, in 2009 to encourage a love of reading, invest our members’ time in Birmingham City Schools, and help students develop creativity and critical thinking skills.

The Rotaract Club of Birmingham places a library of books in every second grade classroom and provides volunteer reading buddies who visit classrooms twice a month to read aloud to students, discuss the book, and award incentive prizes.

Through this program, which is in partnership with Better Basics, we are able to inspire over 2,000 children each year. Since the program’s founding, the Rotaract Club of Birmingham Foundation has contributed $212,000 in financial support to Better Basics for the implementation of Ready two Read.

In June of 2009, the Rotaract Club of Birmingham was honored to learn that Rotary International (RI) had recognized Ready to Read as the 2009 International Winner of Outstanding Rotaract Projects.