Read With Me originally began in 2020, as part of our adjusted (covid) program.  With wonderful responses from our students, children, and our community, this program has become an annual event.  It now includes all on-campus CWJC students, some students who are unable to be on-campus, and children in the families of those students.  Our goals are to help develop a love for reading and establish a pattern of family literacy.

How does Read With Me work?

  • Students enroll and set goals: We help students set reading goals and then provide them with books and reading materials. Students choose from several reading options, but we especially encourage them to read with children in their families. We encourage students to read at least 8-10 books.
  • CWJC provides books: Funding, primarily from grants, allows us to purchase books, which students are allowed to keep.
  • Sponsors provide support: Read with Me also serves as a fund raiser.  We solicit multiple sponsors for each participating student. Donors give dollar amounts for each book or story a student reads, or donors may make a general donation to Read with Me.  We would love for you to serve as a sponsor for one or more of our students.  You determine the amount.  Not only does this help with funding for CWJC of Rusk County, but, through their reading, our students have a way to give back to CWJC.


In 2023 we had 30 adult students who actively participated and an additional 38 children who read with a family member. Now in 2024, we have over 40 students enrolled! Read With Me begins in April and ends in June.

We appreciate the wonderful response to this project by our community. Read With Me is a true win-win event!

Read with Me is this year’s only fundraiser!

After much discussion and prayer, we have made the decision to have Read With Me as our only fundraiser this year. (We do plan to also have our Dinner & Auction in 2025.)