Our students have been described as English language learners from a low socio-economic area. Our school has been labeled 100% free and reduced lunch, 81% low income, 93% Hispanic, and 67% English language learners. That’s not how we see ourselves. We are so much more. We see ourselves as movers, shakers, experimenters, a staff with our students needs in mind. As a school we are working on building character strengths and focusing on fostering kindness and empathy. Our students are strong, resilient, interested, empathetic beings. Our students haven’t been provided many opportunities that others have but they are full of potential.
A few months ago, donors like you, helped me fund a project. You helped me get fun, relevant, exciting books into the hands of my 6th graders. It's amazing how that shipment of books changed the overall attitude towards reading in my class. The books flew off the shelves. Students gathered around each other, around words and around images. They read together, they read to each other. Kids that had previously professed a hatred towards reading, were adding their names to waitlists for hot commodities like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Others were sneaking books under their desks during math class. Word spread and kids from other classes started checking out books too.
My kids weren't reading, and now they are.
They are devouring books in class, at home, and even on the playground!! Amid the reading frenzy, kids from all grade levels have been coming to me with requests. They love what I have but they want more! More graphic novels like Delish, scary stories like the Graveyard Book and Half-Minute Horrors. They've begged me for more non-fiction like Escape from Alcatraz and Four Perfect Pebbles. They're asking to get their noses into some humor like The Bad Guys. They're craving mysteries!
I couldn't be more excited about the buzz we've created with the first shipment of books. I'm a firm believer that if you can read, you can do anything!My students are struggling readers, but thanks to donors like you, they are actually reading!! They are engrossed and excited and I really want to keep the reading frenzy going. Please help us with the second installment of our 6th grade library. Help me create a rich, vibrant library, a library with varied selection, something for everyone. Help me keep this reading frenzy alive and thriving.
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