Remember your first book?

Perhaps you brought it home from the library, or a favorite relative gave it to you as a gift. How about your first time sitting in a theater, filled with anticipation, waiting for the lights to dim and the story to begin, transporting you to a different place.

We are excited to share with you a new program called Ticket to Read which links literature to live theater by providing students from low-income schools a free theater ticket, accompanied by the book from which the play is adapted for them to keep and take home.

For many students, this will be their first experience seeing live theater.
For many students, this will be the first book they have ever owned.


Many children don’t get these experiences. We think that needs to change!

Study after study has identified third grade as a critical turning point for learning, showing it is the transition point between “learning to read” and “reading to learn.” Students who don’t read well by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Sadly, studies also show a significant gap in third grade reading achievement based on factors including household income, and a child’s access to books.

How can Oregon Children’s Theatre help to close that gap?

Our experience –and testimony from educators with whom we work--has taught us that theater can serve as a springboard that launches children into a lifelong love of reading. A play has the ability to jump a story off the page and make it real and memorable. When a child can also take home their own copy of the book that’s been adapted on stage, the power of theater is multiplied.

Join us in giving young people an opportunity to succeed by making a gift to Oregon Children’s Theatre. 

If you would like to contribute so that Ticket to Read can be offered to more schools, please donate online or contact our Development Office to learn about sponsorship opportunities ( or 503-228-9571 ext 114).  A donation made by you today could spark the excitement of learning in one child for years to come!


Schools with 70+% free and reduce lunch participation may apply for Funding Assistance and Ticket to Read. If you are a teacher and would like to apply to have Ticket to Read in your classroom, please fill out the application below.


Ticket to Read Sponsors