Apply for a grant/award today!

The RARC Teachers as Readers Grant is now open for submissions! See more about the grant under the Committees tab found under the About section at the top of the page. You can also click on this link to find out more: 

VSRA also has several grants and awards for teachers and full-time students. Many are due December 15th or January 15th. Apply today!

Register today for the 52nd Annual Conference of the Virginia State Reading Association!


The Virginia State Reading Association will host educators from around the state to unlock the treasures of literacy from March 14-16, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia at The Norfolk Waterside Marriott & Hilton Norfolk The Main.

During this time, educators will explore all areas of literacy with nationally-known speakers who will share a variety of approached, methods, and strategies. Attendees will immediately be able to incorporate this information into their daily instructional routines.

Be sure to check out the VSRA site for more information about registration and the conference!


Parents and Reading Workshop

RARC is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Parents and Reading Workshop
Each year, the RARC works with one school to facilitate a Parents and Reading Workshop that includes free books!  Parents and children attend this fall 2018 workshop together and will leave with books to take home. This workshop is designed to help schools with a financial need provide books to families.  A flier is attached with additional information.

Requirements :

● At least one staff member at the school must be a CURRENT RARC member

● Students in the school must have a financial need for books (50% or more reduced lunch)

● Parents must attend the HOUR long RARC workshop at school with their children/students

● School groups, such as Title 1, CIS, PTA, etc., will be invited to support the workshop

Applications due by 3/9/18.  Apply online at:

Reading Teacher of the Year

Do you know an outstanding teacher of literacy?
The RARC is collecting nominations for our 2017-18 Reading Teacher of the Year.    
The 2017-18 RARC Reading Teacher of the Year will be honored at a special celebration in the spring and will receive a $500 award  to use in the classroom to promote literacy. 

Use this link to nominate:

Anyone may submit a nomination, but all nominees must be a member of RARC.  Additional information is provided below.
All nominations must be submitted by 2/1/2018


Richmond Area Reading Council Guidelines and Application Form

The Richmond Area Reading Council is pleased to announce that we are collecting nominations for our local council’s Reading Teacher of the Year.   In addition to the honor of representing the RARC in the state’s Reading Teacher of the Year process, the RARC recipient will also receive $500 to use in the classroom to promote literacy.  The RARC Reading Teacher of the Year Committee will review all information received, and the selected RARC Reading Teacher of the Year will be submitted to be considered for the VSRA 2018-19 Ofie T. Rubin Reading Teacher of the Year.
The Ofie T. Rubin Reading Teacher of the Year is selected by the VRSA and honors exemplary literacy instruction in the classroom.   Each year, every local council nominates one outstanding teacher of reading to compete for the VSRA Ofie T. Rubin Reading Teacher of the Year.   The candidate selected as the VSRA Ofie T. Rubin Reading Teacher of the Year will receive a $1000 Professional Development Award at the VSRA conference banquet in 2019.
To nominate an outstanding colleague:  Please complete the form located at VSRA 2018-19 Ofie T. Rubin Reading Teacher of the Year.
.  Once the nomination is received, we will ask your colleague to submit additional required materials.  
  • The candidate must be a member of RARC in the 2017-18 school year.  If selected as the RARC RTOY, the candidate must be a member in the 2018-19 school year to be eligible for the VSRA 2018-19 Ofie T. Rubin Reading Teacher of the Year.
  • The candidate must teach reading a minimum of one third of each school day to students in grades K­12.
Once nominated, all applicants will be asked to complete the following:
  • The candidate’s vita (2 pages) 30 points
  • The candidate’s philosophy of reading education (1 page) 20 points
  • Proposal for using the $500 RARC award to further literacy instruction (1 page) 30 points
  • Two letters of recommendation (principal, supervisor, or colleague) 10 points each
  1. A digital photo (jpg file) of the candidate
  • All RARC nominations must be received by February 1, 2018
  • The applicant must submit all supporting materials listed above by March 15, 2018.
  • All nominees will be recognized at the RARC RTOY celebration (to be held in late April or early May 2018).
Supporting documents should be mailed to:
Kathy Rohr, Reading Teacher of the Year Chair
13418 Greenwood Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059
(w) 804.226.8765    (c) 804.814.6102

Writing Extravaganza!

The Richmond Area Reading Council is pleased to announce this year’s Young Writers Contest and Annual Writing Extravaganza!  
This year we are requesting that all entries in the Young Writers Contest be in the genre of historical fiction, short story.
The Writing Extravaganza, which will celebrate the talents of the finalists of the Young Writers Contest, will be held in April.  Local author Steven K. Smith, author of The Virginia Mysteries, will be the keynote speaker. Exact date and location of the Annual Writing Extravaganza will be announced in January 2018. Finalists in the Young Writers Contest will receive an official invitation to the Writing Extravaganza in March 2018.
Students in grades 3 – 12 are eligible to submit entries in this year’s RARC Young Writers Contest. Winter break may present a perfect opportunity for interested students to begin working on their entries. However, entries MUST be completed independently by each student. Entries may also be completed at school. Entries are due on Feb. 9, 2018. Teachers are asked to submit no more that 5 entries per class (or class period). Thank you!
A flyer and official entry form may be obtained by clicking on the following link:
Teachers, who teach in Hanover County, may submit entries and entry forms via the pony to Doris Favale at Pearson’s Corner Elementary or Megan Kanner at Beaverdam Elementary.  Addresses are posted on the flyer and entry form for those who teach in districts other than Hanover County.
Please direct questions to Doris Favale  – or
Megan Kanner –
We look forward to receiving several entries this year and are excited to celebrate the efforts of the many young writers in the various districts represented by the Richmond Area Reading Council.
Doris Favale and Megan Kanner
RARC Young Writers Contest Coordinators

Register TODAY for the VSRA Conference

VSRA conferenceWe are so fortunate to be the host city for the annual VSRA conference March 8-10th, 2018 at the Richmond Convention Center.  Registration is NOW OPEN, with early bird deals ending January 8th.  Be sure to check out the VSRA site for more information about registration.

There are so many amazing speakers lined up for the event that you will not want to miss!  Check out the featured speakers here!