More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Falling In Love With Books One Page At A Time
My students need 16 sets of engaging, age-appropriate books and 36 subscriptions to Time for Kids magazine to continue their journey in reading.
As a little girl I rarely left my small town, yet I floated the Mississippi with Huck Finn, explored a chocolate factory with Charlie and got into mischief alongside Ramona and Beezus. I saw the world with these characters and fell more in love with books with every page.
The 35 second grade students I have the privilege of spending my days with are energetic, positive, smart, funny, creative and have potential beyond my imagination.
These children, make me laugh, make me think, make me want to do better and sometimes make my heart ache. Over half of my students live in poverty with parents that are struggling to provide basic needs. Many of their families ask for assistance with clothes, food and school supplies. Books are not always a normal part of their households. No matter their socioeconomic status, all of these students have dreams and aspirations--I want to help make their dreams come true and fulfill their aspirations.
As Jacqueline Kennedy said, "There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." I believe that by filling our classroom bookshelves with engaging, age-appropriate books my students will find characters they can relate to, go on adventures that take them outside of our small town and begin to see the world. I also believe that the greatest gift I can give my students is to develop their skills as readers. With a solid reading foundation, math, science, writing, and history all become easier to understand. The books and Time for Kids magazines that I am asking for target the specific lexile levels of my students and will benefit my students daily as I prepare them to be career and college ready.
Harry Truman said, "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." I want my students to have the opportunity to become leaders in our school, our community, our world.
I want to equip them with the skills to read and the passion to never want to stop reading. I want for these students to be able to look back one day and be able to pinpoint the book, the character, the adventure that captured their heart, sparked their imagination and made them want to learn more.
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