As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge advocate of childhood literacy. Students who don’t learn to read by the end of third grade are statistically unlikely to graduate high school. Half the fourth grade curriculum (at least in the United States) is inaccessible for those who cannot read on grade level. At some of the schools I have been to, there have been amply filled libraries, ones that I could never finish reading, no matter how hard I tried. At other schools however, there haven’t been enough books for students to read. How are children supposed to learn to read, to enjoy reading, if there aren’t books to be found? As one of the students I worked with said, “Books are for school.” And that school was in the process of developing its own library. That girl deserves a library so that she can learn how to read and be successful.
In the spirit of the holiday season, you can donate books to children’s classrooms. So I’ve rounded up a few resources for you to donate a book from the comfort of your own home. Donors Choose is a great option that allows you to pick the project you’re donating to. There are amazing pictures and stories of the students you’re helping.
Another option is Fill the Shelves, in which you simply add an order to your Amazon cart and the library of your choice receives your donation. This holiday season, they are matching donations. So go and donate a book to help a child learn to read. Give the gift of reading this holiday season.
- Teachers: Here’s a Program that Motivates Elementary Students to Read (studyguidejrdragsterdreams.wordpress.com)
- Non-profit gets books in the hands of West Seattle Elementary students (westseattleherald.com)
- 25 Days of Giving (impact52.org)
- College sponsors holiday food, coat, gift drives (napavalleyregister.com)
- Tis The Season… Give. (talesfromthemotherland.me)