Building a reading room takes a team of dedicated and enthusiastic people who work hard to ensure that the room’s vision comes to fruition and pays off for years to come. The cost of building a reading room is $17,500, so choosing a school to be a beneficiary of a Ben Carson Reading Room is an important decision. The Carson Scholars Fund (CSF) works hard to determine the needs and assets of potential school partners to ensure that the school is the right fit for a Ben Carson Reading Room.
Oftentimes the donor selects an area in which they would like the reading room to be built. This can be a specific state, city or town; a specific school district; or even a specific school. Once the donor has identified the preferred location for the room, the CSF staff reaches out to the school district, superintendent, or principal to begin vetting schools and assessing interest in the program. Sometimes the school district’s central office or superintendent will identify schools which could benefit the most from the reading room. Other times, the CSF vets individual schools to determine which best meets the qualifications for the room.
Sometimes, school personnel reach out to the CSF expressing a desire to have a reading room in their school. In this event, the CSF maintains a waiting list with school information for those schools that have reached out and expressed interest in having a room.
In order to be a candidate for a reading room, the CSF assesses the following characteristics: 1) need; 2) available space for the reading room; and 3) dedicated and enthusiastic staff who are willing to get the project up-and-running and sustain the reading room over time. Once all of these components are in place, building time takes approximately 90 days. Students are then able to enjoy a relaxing reading environment for years to come.
Take a look at our Reading Room Brochure for more information.