Crown Jewels Revisited; Charity Fund Revisited
The first author study, which featured Patricia Polacco, was such a hit that we had two more before the school year ended. Kevin Henkes was the featured author for both a first grade author study and a third grade author study; I just changed up the activities to match the students’ level and abilities.
With third grade, we: 1- had a reading bowl-type buzzer competition based on 8 of Henkes’ books; 2- made paper bag mouse hand puppets; 3- enjoyed Wemberly Worried Don’t Cry Over Spilled Punch Punch and Chester-Wilson cookies. With first grade, we: 1- had a Jeopardy Game where the kids worked in pairs to answer questions on 5 of Henkes’ books; 2- made paper bag mouse hand puppets; 3- enjoyed Wemberly Worried Don’t Cry Over Spilled Punch Punch and Chester-Wilson cookies. Family members were invited, so they also made paper bag puppets.
I took pictures of the event, especially of students with their family members. I printed out the pictures so I could include them in the hand written thank you notes I sent to all the family members who attended.
This is an awesome event if you have a community that is reluctant to participate in any school sponsored activities. It is also a wonderful way to meet parents and extended family members, to show case what your library can do for students, to promote reading, and to inform family members of all the terrific events and activities the local public library has to offer.
Thanks to all of you who emailed about contributing books to a charity fund. The head of the southeast district of Scholastic Books responded to my inquire about setting up a charity fund where schools could donate some of their book fair profits, and he—unfortunately—said that Scholastic is currently not set up for something like that.
So perhaps we can come up with a different plan……….perhaps those willing could chip in to donate books to local shelters for women and their children. Every school district has families that might have spent some time in shelters. If we donated to shelters, then the books would be going directly to the students that need it most. Also, perhaps we could chip in to donate books to local organizations that deal with refugee families. Certainly these children, who are our ESOL students, could use some books to help them transition into our schools. Fugees Family is an AWESOME organization in Clarkston, GA, that needs books. Fugees Family, as it reads on their web site, helps “child survivors of war rebuild their lives one step at a time.” Check out the web site:
A book, now a national bestseller, was written about the Fugees Family organization. Click on the link below to read about the book. It is a great summer read!!!! I give it two thumbs up! Check out it from your local library.
So my suggestion for our first donation recipient would be the Fugees Family. I would be happy, and honored, to hand deliver any books to them that we Georgia librarians donate.
Have a great summer!
Thanks for reading-
Anja Tigges, Ed.S.
Scott Elementary, Atlanta Public Schools