After School Reads

Brings literature-based reading, science and math lessons to children in afterschool programs to help them increase their vocabulary and reading comprehension

Community Impact

  • 2,850 books were distributed to children and after school sites
  • 850 children were enriched by the program at 19 sites in 12 communities


With the permanent addition of a literacy-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum to the course offerings, After School Reads (ASR) saw a huge amount of growth this year. ASR welcomed 12 new sites to the program, complementing 6 returning sites.

The director of Palm Springs Elementary raved, “The After School Reads Program was fabulous! The kids loved reading the stories and completing a project afterwards. Their favorite project was making rockets and launching them. Plus, the books donated by the Literacy Coalition are a wonderful treat for our kids!”

Basing each lesson in high quality children’s literature, students launched rockets, designed and built boats, created electrical circuits and engaged in many other hands-on activities. The use of inexpensive, reusable materials is one of the reasons why afterschool staff members like ASR.

Forest Hill Elementary’s after school staff said the children wanted to do the experiments again and were eager to show their parents what they had learned.