I was perusing Facebook recently and a sweet teacher I’ve known for many years had posted a message that truly inspired me. I quickly asked her if I could borrow her idea and she, of course, said yes! Here’s what she had posted:
I instantly knew that I had to try to make this a reality in my own classroom! (My teacher friend, Susan McGlon, told me that she got the idea from another teacher named Ellie Yaeger. Ellie had given her blessing for other teachers to use this idea. I definitely don’t want to take credit for an idea I didn’t come up with!)
Here’s How It Works
Imagine….each of your students going home with NINE NEW BOOKS throughout the year. I live in a very impoverished county so there are a great number of my students who wouldn’t get even one new book in a year, let alone nine. I posted this request on Facebook, and it took me less than 72 hours to secure all my sponsors. A few people even sponsored multiple children.
Literacy is life-changing, y’all. If we can get high quality, engaging children’s books in the hands of our students, we can start a reading revolution. I’d invite you to adopt this idea in your own classroom this school year. I’ve created a FREE file that includes a printable version of this letter you can mail or give to friends, family, church members, etc. I’ve also included an image you can post on Facebook. Lastly, there’s a parent letter to send home explaining why students will be coming home with a new book each month! Thank you, Susan and Ellie, for inspiring me
to adopt this amazing idea in my own classroom.
Please pin the image below so other teachers can implement the idea in their classrooms as well!
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