• The District ELA team supports a variety of programs that support literacy for students in Richmond Public Schools. Below, each program is listed, with a short description and contact information for the point person of that project.

    Reading Riders Summer Book Buses 

    This program started in 2015 at Oak Grove Elementary School under the leadership of Jessica Carpenter (Title I Reading Specialist) and Mary Townes (Principal). In 2016, the program expanded to twelve elementary schools, delivering books to over 5,400 Richmond Public School students, with a primary focus on preventing summer learning loss and increasing literacy for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. In 2017, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is excited to help promote summer reading again with twenty elementary school participating in this year's initiative. Each school's Reading Riders Summer Book Bus will travel within their attendance zone between 3pm and 7pm on Wednesdays for six weeks. Trips will begin on June 28th and conclude on August 2nd. 

    For more information, please contact Teresa Cole at or at (804) 780-7776. 

    Reading Riders Flyer