The Birth of a BookSmiles Branch
A huge thanks to Jane Kreisworth Arochas and Vineland High teacher Lindsay Thies for activating the BookSmiles Vineland City branch. VHS students sourced, sorted, and distributed over 1000 books to elementary students at Dippolito Elementary.
Vineland taking care of its own! Nothing better. This is the BookSmiles model at work. We harness the MIGHTY POWER of students and educators to ensure that ALL STUDENTS in our districts are able to build massive personal libraries.
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Caitlyn Ott, a 7th Grade student at Glen Landing Middle School, knocked it out of the park by coordinating a drive that gathered 5,807 gently used children's books! AMAZING! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Caitlyn loves books and helping others. With the help of several groups and organizations, Caitlyn was able to make the largest single donation BookSmiles has received. Throughout November, many students at Glen Landing Middle School, the members of The Women’s Club of Broadmoor, Girl Scout Troop #30348, students at St. Charles Borromeo Parish & Religious Education Program Sicklerville, New Jersey, as well as friends and family helped to donate 5,807 gently used & new books to BookSmiles.
Caitlyn hopes to continue these efforts with more book drives in the future.
Our Haddonfield Collection Station
We at BookSmiles are delighted to establish a collection station at Haddonfield Middle School! This is a town where it's not unusual to for children to have personal libraries consisting of hundreds of books. When they outgrow their baby books, picture books, early chapter books and tween books, BookSmiles will be there to collect and distribute them to children in underserved communities all over South Jersey.
BookSmiles Settles In Glassboro
We're thrilled that some extraordinary teachers in Glassboro, NJ have planted BookSmiles in their district. Thomas E. Bowe Elementary is up and running! In less than a month, teachers sourced several hundred books and distributed them to children who want a home library.
BookSmiles augments what Scholastic does with its book fairs. We feel that money should NOT get in the way of a child wanting their own books.
Books should be shared, particularly those forgotten in bins and storage, and those collecting dust on shelves. Booksmiles harnesses powerful networks of teachers committed to putting books into the hands and homes of children in their district. We take care of our own!
A big thanks to Renee, Amy, and Mary, along with the rest of the Glassboro team!