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REWRITING LIFE STORIES Donate to Help Asheville Children Read To Succeed!

The stories for many children born into poverty share a common outcome: a lifetime cycle of hardship. We believe that a single powerful factor – literacy – can help break that cycle. 

Read To Succeed Asheville wants all children to achieve well-being and lead productive lives. One crucial key is the ability to read proficiently, and we’re making inroads. Students are referred to us because they are unable to read at expected grade level and every year, on average, 66% of R2S students get to grade level in reading (as measured by the state DIBELS test).



R2S helps students rewrite their life stories into those of hope and opportunity.

Here’s a story rewritten: John was matched with Steve, an R2S reading coach, during the spring semester of his kindergarten year. At that time, he was more than a grade level behind his peers; he knew the alphabet at a very basic level but that was all. Steve worked with John for over three years and John finished third grade last June reading proficiently. In addition, John’s horizons were widened. Steve introduced him to African American history and John adopted Frederick Douglass as his hero. In the second grade John got so excited about President Obama he wrote to him and received a personalized letter in return. He realized he loved sports and regularly asked for articles about Cam Newton and the Seattle Seahawks. In short, this little boy is now excited about reading and learning as he enters fourth grade. In the words of John’s hero, Frederick Douglass, John is “forever free” to continue learning about everything that interests him.

Asheville’s achievement gap between white and black students is larger than any of North Carolina’s other 114 school districts. If John were not at grade level in reading when he entered fourth grade his chances of graduating high school would have been ten times less than his white peers. This fact alone gives us some confidence that we have helped John rewrite his life story.

Want to change a life? Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization! Whether you’re interested in working as a reading coach, a reading buddy, or an organization volunteer, we welcome you to visit us and learn more about us. 

Or support Read To Succeed with a financial donation  so we can train more volunteers and help more students rewrite their stories. We happily accept paper checks (send to PO Box 18652, Asheville NC 28814) or use PayPal on our website

Thank you for helping our students Rewrite Their Life Stories.

Catherine Alter  


Board of Directors



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