Annual Read Me Day Raises Awareness for Reading Importance

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A real estate professional in Nashville, Tennessee, Roxanna Anspach Devlin represents buyers in real estate transactions for investment properties, single-family homes, condos, and new luxury homes. Roxanna Devlin has also previously served as a board member for Book’em, an organization that provides literacy programs to economically disadvantaged children throughout Nashville. Book’em programs include the annual Read Me Day.

The annual Read Me Day operates in conjunction with the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program, which provides visits from volunteers readers five to eight times throughout the school year. Read Me Day consists of a special reading celebration that raises awareness of the importance of establishing literacy services for children in the Nashville community. Book’em hosts the event at one of the 10 schools served by the RIF program.

Launched by East Hickman Elementary School teacher Frankie DeWees in 1986, Read Me Day began with the purpose of celebrating the importance of reading. Its namesake came from the concept that teachers, students, and visiting readers would be encouraged to wear a shirt, cap, or pin with a message for children to read.

To learn more about Read Me Day and the Reading Is Fundamental program, visit