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Knight's Closet

  • 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

  • RHS Career Program

    Your local business or organization can provide internships, paid employment or job shadowing opportunities for Reading High School students. To become a Career Program Partner, contact Ivy Horn, Career Program Coordinator, at I.Horn@gagepersonnel.com.

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  • College Scholarships

    You can start a scholarship fund, in any amount, for graduating RHS seniors. You determine the scholarship criteria and can also select the recipient annually. For more information, contact Reading High School.

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  • Operation Replay

    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 kshultz@readingmusicalfoundation.org.

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  • WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)

    Positive male role models are encouraged to volunteer at our elementary and middle schools. Contact the main office at the school where you're interested in volunteering.

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  • Foster Grandparents

    Perfect for retired seniors, this program is offered through Alvenia University. Foster Grandparents work largely with our elementary schools. Contact 610-790-2884 for details.

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  • Ready. Set. Read! Tutors

    The United Way of Berks County provides Ready. Set. Read! tutors to RSD and other area school districts. The tutors visit our elementary schools to help students practice reading skills. To volunteer, visit www.readysetreadberks.org for more information.

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Volunteer

  • To volunteer in Reading School District, you are required to submit:

    Act 34 – PA Criminal History Record (PA State Police)
    https://epatch.state.pa.us/
    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)
    https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS

    Act 114 – FBI Criminal History (Fingerprinting):  
    https://www.readingsd.org/humanresources

    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.

Contact

  • Kristin Boyd Edwards
    Communications Director
    484-258-7031

School Supplies

  • 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.

    • Tissues
    • Hand sanitizer
    • No. 2 pencils
    • Crayola crayons and markers
    • Bookbags
    • Two-pocket folders
    • Copy paper
    • School uniforms, including solid-color polo shirts and khaki pants