RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Thousands of Washoe County School District (WCSD) students will have the opportunity to read and exchange a large supply of books, thanks to the efforts of the WCSD Volunteer Services Department and Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer Richard Birmingham.
WCSD says under the program, students will be given a free book to read at home. They will then be able to go to any of more than 70 “exchange centers” in the community to exchange the books for more reading material.
The Volunteer Services Department was able to engage community sponsors including Grassroots Books, the Community Compact, and Donna Clontz, president of the City of Reno Northwest Neighborhood Advisory Boards, to help gather the books. Birmingham helped set up the exchange centers at area schools, Boys and Girls Club locations in Reno and Sparks, Big Brothers/Big Sisters locations, public libraries, after-school programs, the cities of Reno and Sparks, and Team-Up 21st Century.
In all, a total of 71 exchange centers are available in public and private sites across the community. Glenn Duncan Elementary School is the first school site to host an exchange center.