Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)

About Room to Read Chapters

Room to Read depends on our chapter leaders and chapter members to help us achieve our annual fundraising goal and to represent Room to Read. Our chapters are comprised of groups of individuals who have made a long-term volunteer commitment to promoting Room to Read within their networks and communities. The chapters organize annual fundraising events, introduce us to potential corporate, foundation and individual supporters and act as representatives for Room to Read within their area.

About the 
Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)

Email: dallas@roomtoread.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RoomtoReadDFW
Twitter: www.twitter.com/RoomtoRead_DFW
Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Room-to-Read-Dallas-Ft-Worth-Chapter

Room to Read’s (RTR) Dallas Fort Worth Chapter is a dynamic, fun group of volunteers engaging in fund- and friend-raising to help RTR achieve its goal of achieving global literacy and gender equality in education. We partner with local businesses, community organizations, and schools to raise funds for education in developing countries, while promoting literacy in Dallas Fort Worth. Contact us at dallas@roomtoread.org to volunteer, to receive our newsletter or for more information.

Meet the  Chapter Leaders

Debbie Dennis - Chapter Leader
Debbie is a Director at Fiserv, a lifelong learner, and a passionate reader. She believes that we must provide the opportunity for every child to learn - World Change Starts with Educated Children.

Upcoming Events

November 3rd - Booktoberfest!

Join us on November 3rd from 5-9 p.m. for Booktoberfest.   Booktober is a month long celebration of literacy and we add the 'fest' with our celebration at Community Beer Company at 1530 Inspiration Dr #200, Dallas, TX 75207. 


Read-a-thons are fundraising events that benefit local students while they earn money to support students in developing countries where Room to Read works. Students do extra-curriculum reading to reach a specified goal (number of pages or number of hours). In Title I schools this then translates into a dollar amount that has been pledged by a local individual or business; for other schools we offer matching funds for the amount students raise up to $2,500. Students can choose to donate the money to any of the countries Room to Read serves, and can specify how the money will be used, such as for books, girls' education, or buildings. By participating in a Read-a-thon, students read more than they otherwise would have, learn about other cultures, and have a sense of giving to less fortunate students.
We want to thank the schools who have participated in a DFW chapter Read-a-thon.   If your school is interested, contact us at dallas@roomtoread.org.
Peak Preparatory (Dallas)
Webb Elementary (MISD)
Press Elementary (MISD)
Denton Public Library (Summer Reading Program)
Good Shepherd Montessori (McKinney)
White Rock Montessori (Dallas)
Legacy Preparatory (Richardson, Dallas, and Mesquite)

Join the Room to Read Check out Challenge!

This is your opportunity to fill a library shelf with books, commission an author to write a childrens book in their native language or build a library.   Click here to see how you can make a difference. 

Students Helping Students

Students Helping Students (SHS), is a youth movement to raise funds and awareness for our work. College, high school, middle school - by joining, you're standing up for global literacy and girls’ rights to go to school. Contact dallas@roomtoread.org  to find how you and your school can contribute to SHS program in DFW area. Check out the website for ideas at your local schools and campuses!  

Do you know a company or individual that might want to help sponsor future Room to Read DFW events or a read-athon or two?  No amount or interest is too small!  Please contact us and let us know! 
Contact us at  dallas@roomtoread.org.

Need an idea (or two) to help raise funds for Room to Read?  Take a look at our 'Idea Book' that's packed with great fundraising, awareness-raising, and event ideas. 

Event Photos


Past Events

Booktoberfest 2015
Our third annual Booktoberfest was held at Lakewood Brewery Company with live music, lots of beer choices, live and silent auctions - and a really big crowd.

Namaste World!
On June 6th, 2015, we celebrated a Namaste World Yoga Event at Pranaa Ayurveda Spa & Yoga in Plano. Namaste World! is a global yoga benefit to raise funds for Room to Read. Founded upon the principles of karma (action), seva (service) and vinimaya (reciprocity), Namaste World! is a great opportunity for anyone who loves the practice to give back globally; helping to bring access to quality education to kids across Asia and Africa.

In Vino Educatis 2015
Our third annual In Vino Educatis at Times Ten Cellars on White Rock Lake raised funds for Room to Read while guests tried various wines, dined at a pizza food truck and shopped at live and silent auctions.
Girl Rising Screening 2014
One girl with courage is a revolution!  This incredible movie introduces you to nine girls from nine countries from the developing world who face tremendous challenges to achieve their dreams.  Lots of new faces at our screening of this film at the Angelika Film Center in Plano.   When leaving, one guest said "every school child should see this film,  it is a great reminder of the education opportunities that we enjoy."

In Vino Educatis 2014
Thanks to all the volunteers and attendees to our third annual In Vino Educatis.   We enjoyed a picture perfect night on White Rock Lake and raised funds to establish sustainable literacy projects and provide girls with support and resources to stay in school.

Cowtown 5k/10k/Half marathon 2014

We had a great group of runners/walkers for the Cowtown weekend!  You are still able to click here to donate and support our Yak Pack team.  All donations go towards sponsoring a local Read A Thon in DFW !  

Booktober Fest 2013
We had a VERY SUCCESSFUL BooktoberFest!  The proceeds from the event will help promote literacy with local children through Read-a-thon school programs in Dallas-Ft. Worth, as well as provide much needed books for children in Asia and Africa.

Thank you to all of our sponsors listed in our event flier for BooktoberFest 2013 and  thank you to all of our Room to Read DFW supporters. 

Namaste World Yogathon! 2013
Our first time to participate in this Room to Read global event and we raised enough money to provide 5 girls each a year of education!  Thanks to all the yoga supporters! 

In Vino Educatis 2013

Our second annual In Vino Educatis raised money to support the local Read A Thons in the Dallas area.  In turn, these schools support Room to Read!  Its another 'win win' for Room to Read!  Thank you for your continued support and remember 'World Change Starts with Educated Children'! 

Get Involved with the Chapter!

Volunteer with your local chapter: We're thrilled to hear of your interest in getting involved with the chapter! Volunteering with a Room to Read chapter is not only a great way to help further Room to Read's mission, but also to meet new people! Volunteer opportunities include helping to plan events, giving small presentations about Room to Read's work, and introducing Room to Read to new supporters! If you would like to learn more, please update your profile by filling out the Volunteer Form.


Organize your own fundraiser or start an online campaign: Whether you’re running a race, encouraging wedding guests to donate in lieu of gifts, hosting a party at your home, or raising money just because you believe in our mission, the personalized fundraising tool will allow you share the Room to Read story with your friends and family through your own web pages and email messages. You can also track the success of your email campaigns and your progress towards your fundraising goal. Check out our Friends Asking Friends section!



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