We received 7,860 books this month, putting us at 32,750 books collected since we started in October 2016. I have confidence that within the next year-and-a-half, we will have gathered and distributed 100,000 books, mainly among Lindenwold's children.
Today, the last day of February, Jared Miller, who goes to Bret Harte Elementary School, supplied all of the books that BookSmiles distributed at a pop-up book fair at Lindenwold's Preschool. Jared collected an amazing 1,400 books among his classmates and neighbors for Kindness Week!
This is the sweet spot - when children and students spearhead drives and then come to the pop-up book fairs to share with other kids! Currently, children at Rosa Middle School are collecting books for kids at Thomas Paine Elementary!
In the photos below, you can see teachers about to transfer 1,000 books from BookSmiles' Command Central in the high school to their students in Lindenwold Elementary School #5.
Spearheaded by Wendy Koenig, a veteran teacher, the students of Signal Hill Elementary School in Voorhees shook the trees and gathered 3,700 books for BookSmiles. This number puts us up to 30,000 books raised since our inception, nearly 16 months ago. At this rate, we'll easily hit 100,000 books within the next year and a half as huge donations become more common.
The kids involved in the service project originally had a 1,000 book goal. They blew it out of the water!!
Are you a teacher in a "book-rich" school district who thinks your school can raise at least 1,000 books? We can help you put them in appreciative hands and homes!
It was terrific when Dan McVay, a social worker supervisor for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, reached out to me. He had read about BookSmiles in the Inquirer and thought it was a great idea to improve children's lives by consistently providing them with lots of books!
Dan drove over the Delaware with his daughter and picked up 200 books, a great starter set for his staff to distribute to children on their caseloads.
Dan brought a bookshelf into his office. Here are the books from BookSmiles that will eventually go into the the homes of children who need support.
We teachers, along with social workers, have incredible power to improve the lives of underserved youth.
Do you know of social workers who would like to bring armfuls of books to the children they visit?
Put them in touch with BookSmiles!