We are 125 8th graders in Lynn, MA. Lynn is a so-called "gateway city" in Massachusetts. Massachusetts says this means we are a "midsize urban center that anchors regional economies around the state;" that we face "stubborn social and economic challenges" while retaining "many assets with unrealized potential."
We like to focus on that last part - unrealized potential. Right now, we have access to many books, but rarely do we see books that tell our stories. We're hoping to build a classroom library that represents our community and our school - a school where dozens of languages are spoken, eveb more countries are represented; a school where our identities are valued.
Literacy is, without a doubt, the most essential skill in middle school - no matter the subject. We want to build our literacy with books that have characters that look like us and share our experience. Let's build a love of reading as well as self-love and empathy for others!
In Their Own Words
Our goal is a diverse, representative library. We want a classroom library that kids are excited to choose from, with characters that look like us, talk like us, and have lives like ours. We hope to have a library that expands the way we think about the world and how we see ourselves in it.
We want to learn about how to design a project and use our family and community networks to fund our project. We also want to build leadership skills by running the library and maintaining the books, as well as empower the other grades in the school to do the same.
We love to read and want more books to read. We want to finish middle school reading as many books as possible that represent us and our experience. There are students in our grade getting close to high school who are not reading on grade level and this could help us move them to high school readiness!
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