Scholastic literacy programs

Kiwanis is proud to partner with Scholastic, an organization that supports children’s access to books and lifelong love of reading. Thanks to our partnership, Kiwanis clubs get crucial resources for helping children in their communities get access to books and reading opportunities — regardless of socioeconomic status.

The following Scholastic programs and benefits are available to all U.S. Kiwanis clubs, supporting Read Around the World, Young Children Priority One and other club initiatives.

The Kiwanis Community Reading Oasis
Kiwanis Community Reading Oasis

Children and their families deserve a safe and consistent place to read books. With a Kiwanis Reading Oasis, they get one—right inside the elementary school. A Reading Oasis also helps principals and teachers connect students with self-selected books, which the children can take home and make part of their home libraries all year.

A Reading Oasis includes more than 1,200 books for students from pre-kindergarten to 6th grade—as well as supporting materials such as book shelves, a reading-themed rug, stereo-listening center and a modular reading center

Other features and benefits:

  • Service-project opportunity for Kiwanis-club members who prepare the Reading Oasis
  • Grand-opening ceremony with ribbon-cutting during the school’s Book Fair (see below)
  • A space for Kiwanis-club members to read with and mentor at-risk children
  • Scholastic’s dollar-for-dollar match of the Kiwanis club’s contributions for Reading Oasis funding.

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Get details on additional Scholastic Literacy programs.