Posted By: Sairah Kazmi (June 21, 2019)
Vista Maria READS is a reading initiative for Vista Maria youth, developed and managed by volunteers, many retired or veteran educators, who believe that reading has the power to change lives. Vista Maria READS program tries to inspire and empower girls in Vista Maria's residential programs through books and build a love of reading that they can take with them when they leave Vista Maria.
Each month, the “book ladies" visit with all of the approximately 135 girls living at Vista Maria and distribute books in numerous genres and reading levels, and take requests for specific books from the girls. The Vista Maria READS program allows each girl to choose two books, which are theirs to keep. If a girl returns a book, she can take a third book. Since 2012, Vista Maria READS has given over 15,000 books. $1,000 would sponsor this program for one month.