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Read Up is a campaign to promote reading and give parents tools to help their children get more from what they are reading. A joint effort among the Madison Metropolitan School District, United Way, Madison Public Library, Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR) and the Madison Reading Project, Read Up helps prevent “summer slide,” where students experience a loss of learning during the summer months. We invite you to learn more about this campaign, browse our resources and find strategies for close reading.


Read Up in MMSD Summer School Sites

This summer Read Up will reach over 1,000 kids at six elementary schools: Lapham, Mendota, Hawthorne, Chávez, Stephens and Lincoln. Read Up will enhance the afternoon MSCR portion of summer school with literacy-based activities and free book giveaways.


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Read Up Campaign

A special thank you to the 740 individuals, companies and foundations who contributed over $112,000 during the Spring Read Up campaign.

Read Up is very grateful to the Wisconsin State Journal and Morgan Murphy Media (WISC-TV/News 3, and Madison Magazine) for leading the fundraising efforts for Read Up. For more on their coverage see the following links:

Our 2017 spring campaign is over but it is possible to contribute year-round to Read Up via the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools. Use the drop-down menu to select the “Read Up Madison Fund” or send a check to Read Up Madison Fund, c/o Foundation for Madison's Public Schools, 101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 300, Madison, WI 53713.


Questions? Email us at or call (608) 663-1914


Read Up is a partnership among the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR), United Way of Dane County (UWDC), Madison Public Library (MPL) and the Madison Reading Project.

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