A Novel Time: IXLers Volunteer to Sort Books at Read and Feed

On August 10, eight IXL volunteers sorted over one thousand books for Read and Feed, a children’s literacy nonprofit whose mission is to “give children an appetite for reading.” The aptly named organization uses RVs converted into mobile classrooms to deliver books, reading lessons, and warm meals to over 600 high-need elementary students in neighborhoods throughout Wake County, North Carolina.


“I found sorting books and getting to know the program at Read and Feed a rewarding experience,” said IXL Account Manager Lukas Epps-Dawson. “I knew that what I was doing would have a direct impact on children’s lives.”

Read and Feed provides children with over 33,000 books annually, which means that sorting book donations is an extensive process. Organization leaders aim to ensure that each book is age-appropriate and of good quality. IXLers went through dozens of boxes of donated books, evaluating each one for content, grade level, and condition. They removed books with torn pages, torn covers, and loose bindings. They also identified books that didn’t suit the target age groups and separated them out for donation to another nonprofit organization. Books deemed to be in excellent condition were sorted by grade level, and Read and Feed’s volunteers will use these sorted books to restock the bookshelves of the mobile classrooms each week.

Several IXLers are already involved with Read and Feed as tutors, volunteering weekly to give literacy lessons to students. During each Read and Feed session, volunteers serve students a nutritious meal and then work with students one-on-one to help them grow their literacy skills. At the end of each session, students are encouraged to build home libraries by selecting books to keep.

For more information about Read and Feed and how you can get involved, please visit https://readandfeed.org/.

By Christie Amatangelo, Senior Account Manager