Virginia Reads One Book at Elk Knob Elementary

Jonesville, VA — More than 35,000 public school students and their families from across Virginia will read the same book on the same schedule starting Friday, March 6th, 2020. It’s all part of Virginia Reads One Book — a statewide family literacy program designed to strengthen the educational connection between home and school from Richmond-based Read to Them. Powell Valley National Bank is a proud sponsor of this program at Elk Knob Elementary where more than 355 students and staff will participate.

“At kick-off events in each school, students will receive their own copies of The Toothpaste Millionaire to take home and read with their families,” says Read to Them Interim Director Bruce Coffey. “For the next three weeks, students and their families read a chapter each night at home, coordinating with classroom and school-wide activities. Reading a common book together turns out to be a terrific way to unite a school community and increase parental involvement. Reading aloud at home ensures students come to school prepared to read and to succeed – in school and in life.”

“We are proud to again be a statewide sponsor of Virginia Reads One Book. The program not only boosts students’ reading abilities, but it shows them reading is fun in an atmosphere that strengthens family and community interactions,” says Bruce Whitehurst, president and CEO of the Virginia Bankers Association. “With the support of Powell Valley National Bank, the school receives a book for every student and complimentary staff copies, both family literacy and financial literacy activities, school assembly suggestions, teacher resources, and both family and community engagement tools. These resources turn a book into a community experience so everyone can enjoy and share the story.”


Leton Harding, CEO of Powell Valley National Bank, stated, “We are thrilled to be able to sponsor Virginia Reads One Book this year, which builds on other financial literacy efforts that we have going in our community, including the upcoming Bank Day program that invites high school seniors into our offices for the day for a glimpse into our industry, and Teach Children to Save Day, where our bankers have hosted students and visited schools to count pennies with kindergarten students. We were drawn to this program by not only the financial literacy focus of the book, but also the idea of bringing families together.”

Other statewide program sponsors include the Virginia Bankers Association Education Foundation, Virginia Council on Economic Education, GoNoodle’s Blazer Fresh, The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Tackle Reading.

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About Read to Them

Read to Them is a Richmond based non-profit promoting family literacy. A growing body of research shows that children who are read to learn to read more easily and become better readers. Literacy skills provide the basis for a lifetime of learning and productivity. For more information visit