Bearcats Read!

Be a reader. Be a leader.

We’re committed to providing the support students need to thrive as readers and leaders in our community.

The Benefits of Reading

It opens up new worlds of possibility

Books can take you on a wild adventure of excitement and discovery of new cultures, perspectives, and experiences.

It prepares you for career, college, and community success.

Reading enhances critical thinking, writing, and problem-solving skills that accelerate success in the classroom and beyond.

It helps students build the foundation for a happy, healthy life.

Reading has been shown to improve self-esteem, increase empathy, and even reduce stress and depression.

Image: An elementary-aged student reading a book to an adult visiting her classroom
How can you help?

Whether you're a BCPS parent or caregiver, a business owner, or you live and work in our neighborhoods, you can play a part!


June Parker

Coordinator of District Literacy Services, District