Partnerships are essential to the work of Rockbridge Reads!. United Way serves as a facilitator but relies on community partners to accomplish the work.
Rockbridge Regional Library : Story time with Mr. Ryan is offered for families and kids ages 0-5. Kids read, sing, play and snack. It’s all about reading and having fun! Older siblings are welcome to attend. Story time currently meets at the following times and locations.
- 11 am Tuesdays at Glasgow Community Center, Catawba Ave, Glasgow, VA
- 11 am Fridays at Fairfield United Methodist Church, 5622 N. Lee Hwy, Fairfield, VA
Rockbridge Area YMCA : Through the Children’s Book Outreach, volunteers place gently used children’s books at area health centers and food pantries for families to take home. The Y also provides storage space for books collected through book drives.
Virginia Military Institute : Students in the English, Rhetoric, & Humanistic Studies Public Literacy course at VMI study the theory behind how children learn to read and support local efforts with Rockbridge Reads!. Students choose from projects each semester such as hosting book drives, researching resources or reading to preschoolers.
Washington and Lee University: The community of Washington and Lee supports Rockbridge Reads! in several ways.
- The Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability houses an Americorps* VISTA grant which provides for a full time Outreach Coordinator. Training and support are provided to the Outreach Coordinator and United Way Board. During the Winter 2015 term, a student in the Poverty 102 course volunteered with young families in Buena Vista to model child development techniques and connect them with the local library.
- Students in the The Rockbridge Teacher Education Consortium study the theories behind early childhood education and put those theories to use by researching materials and designing activities that promote early literacy.
- During the Fall 2014 semester, students in the Journalism and Mass Communications major created a parent education plan including newsletters, posters, and special events.
- Through Nabors Service League and co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, students often volunteer for special events throughout the year.
Kendal at Lexington: Residents of Kendal establish and maintain Little Free Libraries in several public parks. Through these miniature libraries, the community can share books. Rockbridge Reads! supplies children’s books to locations that cater to young families.