Update: All the books have now been purchased and the registries are 100% fulfilled! Thank you so much for your generosity, everyone!
Yesterday, I posted our sixth annual Dear Wendy holiday book drive, our most ambitious year yet, with six participating teachers from six different schools registering for books for more than 240 kids. There are only nine books left to be purchased (as of noon on Wednesday)! Can you help get us reach a 100% of our goal by visiting these two registries below and purchasing a book (or two or three) for a kid in need? Thanks!!
“I’m an 8th grade ELA/Humanities teacher at the John J. Doran Community School in Fall River, Massachusetts. The Doran school is a family community, and often the only place where our students, many of whom are high-needs and qualify for free lunch, feel safe and loved. As we are entering the holiday season it is a time of the unknown for my students. While most children are excited about this time of year, my students often become anxious because they’re not sure what Christmas morning will bring.
Sending my students off to Christmas break with a new book to read would bring them happiness. A goal of mine is to instill a life-long love of reading in my students, and giving them books for themselves to keep forever can help achieve that goal. In an environment where they do not have much to call their own, possessing a book can make all the difference.”
“I am a 7th grade ELA teacher at Monument Academy Public Charter School in Northeast D.C. Monument is a residential school for high-need students, students who are experiencing homelessness or instability in their homes. It also is home to multiple foster students and other at-risk children. My students are bright, funny, engaging, curious, super smart, and loving. They squealed last year when their books arrived. Many of them read their books before bed in the Student Life homes and brought them to PE class to read instead of playing dodge-ball. I work hard to make reading fun and relevant for my students and having a community of people gift them interesting books really supported me in that end.”