Press & Events

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Pittsboro, North Carolina (August 14, 2017) – Chatham County, via a county-wide collaboration Chatham Reads, is taking a big step toward improving student success by joining the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR Campaign). The Campaign is a collaborative effort to improve reading proficiency, early learning, and early school success for children from low-income families. (READ MORE)

Women of Fearrington, Inc. Awards Chatham Reads a Grant for Summer Bookmobile Program at Two Elementary Schools in Siler City, NC. Chatham Reads, a countywide collaborative working to improve literacy and enhance literacy resources, is thrilled to announce a grant awarded by the Women of Fearrington, Inc. This grant will allow Virginia Cross and Siler City Elementary Schools in Siler City to reduce the effects of the “summer slide.” Summer slide, or summer learning loss, is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. (READ MORE)

Chatham Reads delivered over 750 brand new books for Chatham County Schools teachers thanks to United Way of the Greater Triangle, United Way of Chatham County, First Book, and lots of volunteers!

Listen to Chatham Education Foundation's Executive Director, Jaime Detzi, on WCHL / speaking about how NC’s School grading system measures poverty, not performance. (READ MORE)

January 31, 2017 Triangle Community Foundation and United Way of the Greater Triangle Spearhead Regional Reading Proficiency Campaign

The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) is partnering with the United Way of the Greater Triangle, Triangle Community Foundation and community coalitions in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties to ensure children are on a pathway to grade-level reading by the end of third grade, giving them the tools to succeed in the 21st century economy. Through this partnership, Triangle Community Foundation and United Way of the Greater Triangle are leveraging resources to make a regional impact on literacy, with a combined initial investment of more than $700,000. Triangle Community Foundation is providing multi-year grants to four community coalitions – Bull City Reads, WAKE Up and Read, Chatham Reads and a new collaborative forming in Orange County (READ MORE....)

January 30, 2017 Chatham Reads: Little Libraries Update

Chatham Reads has placed 8 little libraries in public spaces throughout Chatham County for people to borrow and return books of all levels. These libraries are located at Northeast, Northwest and Southwest District Parks, Town Lake Park, Bennett Elementary School, Sprott Youth Center in Moncure, Governors Village, and at the Siler City office of the Chatham Literacy Council. READ MORE...

December 2016 Reindeer Readers Program

Chatham County Schools received a generous donation of books from McIntyre's Books. Every Kindergarten and first grade student received a new book to promote reading during the winter break. Chatham Reads volunteers helped deliver and wrap the books.

October 27, 2016 Summer Learning Challenge Press Release

Chatham Reads celebrated students who met summer reading goals. 2 students won iPads for reaching the Summer Learning Goal of 20+ hours read. To read the full article click here.

October 5, 2016 Chatham Reads Celebrates the 1st Little Library

Chatham Reads celebrates the 1st little library in Chatham. Our organization plans to establish multiple libraries across the county. The first one is located in the Govenor's Club Food Lion Shopping Center.

June 30, 2016 Summer Learning Challenge

Chatham County Schools and Chatham reads are sponsoring the first annual Summer Reading Challenge "Reach 20". Students are challenged to reach for 20 hours over the summer. A variety of reading resources are provided to students for the summer and a summer learning website is available for families to access online books.

June 14, 2016 Duke Energy Supports Chatham Reads

The Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) is excited to announce a grant received from the Duke Energy Foundation for over $17,000 to support CEF programs and a countywide collaboration, Chatham Reads. In the past year, Duke Energy’s 2015 grant providing funding for a number of valuable programs. This grant will allow CEF and Chatham Reads continue to grow and make an impact on literacy in our county.

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May 2016 Books on Break

The Chatham Education Foundation (CEF), in partnership with the Chatham County Schools (CCS) has started a new program called Books on Break. With a tremendous amount of support and a seed grant of books from Book Harvest, CEF and CCS strive to get books into the hands of economically disadvantaged students for the summer months.

April 25, 2016 Chatham Reads Launches First Book Drive

We are excited to share that Chatham County Schools will participate in the Give 5 Read 5 Campaign this year. Our first step is launching a book donation drive to collect books for needy students. We will have book donation drop off points at our Central Office as well as each school front office. You can drop off new or gently used books to the bins located in each front office.

June 15, 2015 Duke Energy Supports Chatham Reads

The Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) is excited to announce a grant received from the Duke Energy Foundation for $30,000 for a countywide collaboration, Chatham Reads. Literacy can make or break one’s education and workforce aspirations, and Duke Energy is helping take a stand in Chatham County.

November 23, 2015 Pittsboro McDonalds Sponsors Chatham Reads book baskets

I'm Lovin It! Enjoy a great book while you enjoy your meal at the Pittsboro McDonald's location. Thanks for being a partner with Chatham Reads.

November 30, 2016 Bella Donna Restaurant sponsors Chatham Reads book baskets

Thank you Bella Donna Restaurant for hosting a Chatham Reads book basket. Next time you visit Bella Donna with your kids, grab a book to read with your child while you wait!