Wright to Read provides volunteer-based, one-on-one literacy tutoring and mentoring to Alexandria public elementary school children in need.

Wright to Read provides volunteer-based, one-on-one sustained literacy tutoring and mentoring relationships to City of Alexandria elementary school children in need, and collaborates with families, schools, and community partners to create a comprehensive support network that guides each child to success.

Our vision is every child will have the necessary literacy skills to achieve success in school and in life.

Founded in 1979, Wright to Read started with just 3 students. Now we serve over 100 students each year. Our volunteers see improvement in reading, in school engagement and confidence, after one year of tutoring and mentoring. Our children are graduating with honors, going on to college, getting jobs out of high school and college to support their families.

Each Wright to Read volunteer truly gives the gift of literacy to a student. There is no greater gift than knowing how to read. On average, Wright to Read volunteers work with their assigned student for one hour each week at a local library. Volunteers also dedicate time to planning the tutoring sessions and planning enrichment activities to enhance the mentoring relationship. Wright to Read asks volunteers to tutor and mentor for one year. We are delighted that this year, as most, our volunteers average three years of service to a student.

What Sets Wright to Read Apart

  • We supplement our tutoring with one-on-one mentoring relationships, enhanced by enrichment activities provided by Wright to Read.
  • Wright to Read encourages and supports volunteers who continue to work with students through middle and high school.
  • Wright to Read provides high quality training, in office, and a full-year of support to the volunteers.
  • Tutoring takes place outside of school time.
  • Our tutor/mentors have direct contact with the student’s family and teachers.
  • Tutoring sessions are literature based and volunteers work to help students develop a love of reading in addition to the ability to read.

As we celebrate our 35th anniversary, we want to do more! And we need your help.

Anyone who donates $135 or more to Wright to Read for the Spring2Action campaign will be entered into a drawing to win one of 5 Thank You Gifts.

Thank you for joining us!

Join the Conversation


Organization Information

  • Name

  • Phone

  • Address

    ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314
  • EIN


18 Fans

Also fundraising for this cause