Donors Choose Projects
Support a teacher's special classroom project through DonorsChoose.org, an online crowdfunding tool. Funded RSD projects have included bean bag chairs for flexible seating, chair pockets to organize classroom materials and acoustic guitars for an innovative guitar lab. Click here to visit DonorsChoose and see a full list of approved projects.
The district has established a Knight's Closet at each of our school buildings to help students in need, particularly those who are homeless or at-risk. Our goal in creating the Knight Closet is to meet students basic needs with items such as food, clothing, hygiene products and school supplies. We are hopeful by fulfilling these needs students will be able to focus on their education. If you would like to donate to Knight's Closet, please contact social worker/RHS homeless liaison Leanne Eckenrode at 610-371-5705 Ext. 81401. Monetary donations are accepted and can be made payable to RHS Knight Closet.
Other Ways to Help
The Reading Musical Foundation's Operation Replay, sponsored by Zeswitz Music Company, provides used instruments to financially disadvantaged students who would like to participate in a community or school music program. Instrument donations are tax deductible and a wonderful way to provide a deserving child with an opportunity to make great music. All string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments are welcome. Keyboards are also welcome, but we are unable to accept pianos or organs. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Keri Shultz, Reading Musical Foundation President, at (610) 376-3395 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To volunteer in Reading School District, you are required to submit:
Act 34 – PA Criminal History Record (PA State Police)
Note: You must print the actual certificate titled Response for Criminal Record Check.
Act 151 – PA Child Abuse History Clearance (PA Department of Human Services)
Act 114 – FBI Criminal History (Fingerprinting):
Clearances must be less than one (1) year old prior to volunteering. Retain the originals for your records. As per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, clearances and/or affidavit are required every three (3) years in order to continue as a volunteer.
It is your responsibility to pay for the required clearances and provide the clearance certificates, volunteer affidavit and/or FBI fingerprint registration number to the administrator at the school where you are volunteering.
Kristin Boyd Edwards
We always appreciate the kindness and generosity of our community. If you, your organization or your business would like to donate school supplies, please note our most requested supplies are listed below. In addition, you can work directly with our RSD schools to "adopt" a specific building, classroom or grade level.
- Hand sanitizer
- No. 2 pencils
- Crayola crayons and markers
- Two-pocket folders
- Copy paper
- School uniforms, including solid-color polo shirts and khaki pants