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Virginia reads one book

The VBA Education Foundation is looking for Virginia banks interested in sponsoring Title 1 schools for the 2019 statewide Virginia Reads One Book program (VAROB). Through this monthlong program, students and families across Virginia participate in a statewide family reading event and celebrate both family and financial literacy. This is your bank’s opportunity to participate in this impactful program and put a book in the hands of each student at a local school. The VBA will be contacting banks this fall with opportunities to sponsor interested schools in your area.

2019 Program Details

The program begins on or around March 1, 2019. This year's book is Cleo Edison Oliver: Playground Millionaire. Click here to view this year's program flyer.  

Interested in learning more? Conference call recording now available! 

Complete a bank interest form here: Please note that this does not commit your bank's participation in the 2019 program. We will use this list to start conversations about possible sponsorship opportunities and to send more details about the program throughout the fall. 

Listen to a recording of our information conference call that took place on September 20, 2018 here.

Does your bank already have a relationship with a local school?

Contact Monica McDearmon at or 804-819-4743 to find out more about schools that participated in 2018.

2018 Program Impact

In 2018, the VBA Education Foundation made a $25,000 contribution to VAROB, sponsoring more than 8,000 students at 15 Title 1 schools from all six regions in Virginia. Bank of Botetourt and Chesapeake Bank sponsored additional schools in their communities. More than 40,000 students and their families from 41 districts participated in this statewide program in 2018.

See below for feedback from the Bank of Botetourt about the 2018 program:

“It’s amazing how one book can bring a community together! Without the financial assistance, these students would not have access to this combined family and financial literacy initiative. I attended the program’s closing ceremony and witnessed firsthand the enthusiasm this project generated. The evening made me proud to be a community banker and proud that the Foundation and banks across Virginia were able to help so many students. Thank you for making this program possible.”
- Michelle Crook, Bank of Botetourt, sponsored Eagle Rock Elementary School
The media featured VBA member banks’ involvement in this program statewide, including in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Salem Times Register, Augusta Free Press and Suffolk News-Herald.

Click here to view photos from the 2018 Virginia Reads One Book Program. 

Please contact Monica McDearmon at 804-819-4743 with any questions or to find out more about financial literacy.