International Literacy Day

The New River Valley Reading Council

Encourages you to support

International Literacy Day! Thursday, September 8, 2016

Steps to Advance Literacy:

Put your best foot forward for students everywhere!

What can you do?

During the month of September, we encourage you to help grow awareness about children in nations around the world who walk for miles just to spend a few hours at school.  Some children walk 5-10 miles each way to attend school in countries like Zambia or Pakistan.  Join the ILA’s Steps to Advance Literacy initiative by tracking your steps as an individual, class, school, or community and compare them to distances of the students around the world.  Send your creative ideas and photos of how you are celebrating International Literacy Day to and we will share them on our webpage, twitter, and facebook!!!

Check out the International Literacy Day space on the ILA website:

Sign up for the International Literacy Day Activity Kit. You’ll receive an email link that has a downloadable PDF document with TONS of activities that are grade-appropriate.

What have we done?

As a part of our ILA initiative last year, the New River Valley Reading Council teamed up with Beans and Rice and Dublin Elementary School’s Rockin’ Afterschool Microsociety to start a Free Little Library at Dublin Elementary School in Pulaski County.  We will be having our official charter ceremony within the next couple of weeks to get our library on the map!

We can’t WAIT to see the good things you’re doing in the New River Valley!

New River Valley Reading Council

A division of the Virginia State Reading Association.

The New River Valley Reading Council serves Bland,

Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Patrick, and Pulaski

counties as well as the cities of Radford and Galax.


Grant opportunity


Empowering Children with the Power of Books

Do you remember how good it felt as a child to have an abundance of books to choose from in your classroom?  How about books to browse through for the summer? 

Our empowerment grant has been created in honor of one of our founding New River Valley Reading Council (NRVRC) members, Rochelle.  Her years of commitment to the love of reading and educating students in Montgomery County has inspired us to put books into the hands of children through you, the teacher. The NRVRC hopes you will help carry on this excitement for reading in your schools and classrooms.

Who is eligible:                        Any New River Valley Reading Council Member

Amount:                                     $250.00

Use of funds:                            The funds can be used to supplement classroom libraries, initiate reading programs, supplement a book room, develop take-home libraries for students, One Book One School projects, etc.

Vision:                                         Rochelle’s vision is that we get books into the hands of the students so they will feel confident in their reading while taking ownership in the reading process.  Be creative and find ways to bring the joy of literacy to life!

Requirements:                        Applicants will create a plan for how this money will be used, implement the plan, and share your experience with your fellow NRVRC members.

The grant winner will be asked to give a brief (2-minute) presentation to share highlights from their project at our annual fall literacy conference in 2017.

Please create a document with the following information that is a minimum of two pages and a maximum of five pages.  Feel free to create a document that will work best to suit your needs (PowerPoint, Prezi, word, etc.)

  1. Please provide your contact information and your school’s contact information
  2. Tell us about yourself professionally and why this grant is important to you
  • Objective of your project
  1. Budget (breakdown of how you will use funds)
  2. Specific activities and reasons for those activities
  3. General explanation of how the time and resources requested will achieve the objective
  • A final report of the results of your project must be submitted to NRVRC before August 1, 2017 to verify the use of funds and success of the project. This information will be part of the presentation at our fall conference in 2017.

Email document ( I-VI) to by September 23rd, 2016. 

The grant will be reviewed by a panel from the NRVRC and will be awarded by October 7th, 2016.


Call for Proposals

Join us for a fun-filled day of professional development featuring Kelly Cartwright, author of numerous publications including Executive Skills and Reading Comprehension: A Guide for Educators. We are accepting proposals for break-out presentations. Our hope is to provide three breakout sessions that will cover a wide range of topics applicable for preschool through middle school educators.
The conference will be held at Eastern Montgomery Elementary School on October 22, 2016. Check in will begin at 8 am in the cafetorium. Opening remarks will begin at 8:30 am. The conference will conclude at 2:10 pm.

Light refreshments, a boxed lunch, and time to shop with local vendors will be available during the conference.

As a gesture of appreciation, all presenters will receive free membership to VSRA and free conference registration!!

Please click on the link below in order to submit a proposal TODAY!

Submit Proposal

Join Today!

Hello Literacy Leaders, Educators, Parents, and Volunteers!

VSRA and the NRVRC are looking forward to including you in all of our exciting events! Please plan on becoming a member to receive monthly updates and to be part of our goal to eliminate illiteracy in the state of Virginia. Membership opened on Monday, August 1, 2016. The $30 dues fee includes membership in VSRA and NRVRC for the year August 1, 2016-July 31, 2017. Dual and/or tertiary councils can be added for $10 each.

To become a member of VSRA & NRVRC in 2016-17:
1. Click on membership tab.
2. Click on Become a Member and complete the
membership form. All starred fields must be completed. Select a local council and/or dual or tertiary councils.
3. Members can pay via PayPal or Credit Card using the on-line system.On-line payment is encouraged.
4. Members must click on the SUBMIT button (scroll down to bottom of page) in order for information to be recorded in the VSRA database.
5. Members are asked to use personal emails, to prevent VSRA emails from getting blocked or going to spam.
6. Membership is not complete until payment is received.Once payment is received, the member will receive a password for the Members Only site.
Council membership chairs/treasurers/building representatives will no longer collect membership checks.

Join VSRA & NRVRC Today!
Checks, if this is the only payment option available to a member, will be accepted from individuals who mail their checks directly to VSRA. Under no circumstances should anyone at the local level collect checks as they are not bonded. Individuals may submit personal or school checks to: Anne Perdue, PO Box 34, Mint Spring, VA 24463.