ACDS students know reading is important. It is a key part of every school day, and fun and informative books are plentiful in all of our homes. However, access to books and literacy are not equally available to everyone in our community and around the world.

Students in the fourth grade have spent time this fall and winter learning about the importance of literacy, and the disadvantages caused by a lack of it. They hosted a used book collection to support local and global reading initiatives. They sent books to HER Education, an organization started by ACDS alumna Zoha Siddiqui ’15, which helps underfunded girls’ schools in developing countries create sustainable libraries with quality learning materials.  They furnished books to the Alexandria organization InspireLit, and the Washington, D.C. initiative Reach Out and Read. And they donated some books to the Burke Library book sale.

The biggest literacy project undertaken by the fourth graders is the maintenance and promotion of the ACDS Little Free Library (LFL). Books from the collection will be used throughout the year to maintain a diverse and well-stocked library of free materials for people in our community. Twice a month, fourth grade families deliver books to a Little Free Library at the Ruby Tucker Family Center north of Old Town, as well. On the afternoon of service in November, the students visited many other LFLs around Alexandria and dropped off books with video book reviews attached. The fourth graders want everyone in the community to know about and make regular use of the local Little Free Libraries, so they made this promotional video.

Please feel free to visit the ACDS Little Free Library, next to the soccer field on Russell Road, frequently to take and drop off books!