UPDATE: In just over an hour after this post was published, all requested books for the students were purchased! Thanks, everyone! You all are awesome.
Yesterday, a DW reader named Carrie, who’s a teacher in New Orleans, reached out to me about getting help buying books for her students this holiday season. I suggested she create a gift registry on Amazon, send me the permalink, and I’d share it with you. Here’s her message:
“I am a reading teacher at an urban elementary school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Our school has a 97% free- or reduced-lunch population. I work with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders who are behind grade level on reading. I absolutely love these kids, and know that many of them will not be getting the Christmases they hope for. Though books may not be exactly what they’re envisioning under their trees, I think it would be a good gift for them to receive. I know my students quite well, and am aiming to give an on-their-reading-level book to each of my students that plays to their interests so that they can have a book at home, one that is theirs to look at forever, and one that they won’t find boring/tedious. I know many of my students do not come from households that have books lying around and do not read with their parents at bedtime (or any other time) so I think this would be a nice introduction into the world of books-as-fun instead of books-as-school.”
If you feel inclined and have a little extra money this year, please visit Carrie’s registry and consider purchasing a book (or two or three) for her students. She’ll make sure the books go to the students before they leave for their holiday break next Friday. Thank you!!
(If this goes well, maybe we can make this an annual thing where we sponsor a class in a low-income area during the holidays, helping the kids each get at least one gift.).