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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, find strategies for close reading and enjoy our video gallery.


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. As a kick-off to the program, Read Up will be present at MSCR family festivals giving away books to all students who attend.

West High School - April 21 - 6:00-8:30pm Super Showcase
La Follette High School - April 28 - 6:00-8:30pm A Knight Out


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Read Up Campaign

If you would like to help Read Up get more books into the hands of kids, please consider contributing to the campaign 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. Through April 1, contributions to the campaign will be noted with a list published each Sunday in the Wisconsin State Journal. In addition to recognizing individual and corporate contributors -- in tiered groupings but without specific dollar amounts by name -- the list will include a running tally of total donations received to date. Those who do not wish to have their name published can simply request "anonymous" when making a contribution.

A special thank you 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:


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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