Fund the School Library at Adaire!

$5,470 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 145 people in 21 months
Sarah Grey
on behalf of Adaire Home & School Association
Can you imagine a public school without a school library?

For almost ten years, Adaire Elementary School, like many public schools in Philadelphia, had to function without one. Fortunately, in 2015, thanks in part to a grant from author James Patterson and Scholastic, Adaire was able to pull books out of storage, dedicate a classroom, and begin the slow process of rebuilding its school library.

Adaire, which serves children in grades K through 8, doesn't have a staff librarian; part-time aides and parent volunteers now run the small, bare-bones library, which is stocked largely with outdated, yellowed books. There's a cheerful rug, but the walls are bare, the lights are harsh, and it's a less-than-inviting spot to read.

Help us make Adaire's library a place where readers blossom. 

That's why the parents and staff of Adaire Elementary are asking for your help. We're raising funds to order new books, learning materials, and furnishings, like chairs, pillows, lamps, art, and other touches to make our small room inviting. Our vision is a warm, welcoming library full of reading nooks and study spots, where budding readers can curl up with a story or research a school project.

Unfortunately, with city budgets being slashed and schools struggling for funding, the help we need isn't forthcoming from the federal, state, or local governments. If we want our young readers to thrive, we need to step up as a community and support our school library

Maybe you have fond memories of discovering new worlds through the books in your school library. Maybe you care about a kid at Adaire. Maybe you just want to contribute to the next generation of readers. Whatever the reason, we hope you'll give generously to the Adaire Elementary School library

Our young readers are depending on your help!
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Dear friends and supporters,

I'm so happy and proud to tell you that this weekend, we made huge strides to put your donations to work at the Adaire School library. Saturday was Comcast Cares day, when volunteers from the school and community came together to make improvements to the school. Muralist Sarah Mullen led a group of volunteers in painting the library with cheerful colors and inspirational words, while another group registered the hundreds of new books we've ordered and entered our entire stock of books into our updated digital system. Another team went through the early-reader section, organizing, sorting, and doing quality control on picture books (the kids really loved helping with that part). We're still shelving everything, and our furniture will be here soon, too.

It's amazing to see how far our library has come, thanks to your generosity. Before the end of the school year we hope to have the transformation complete. The kids, parents, teachers, and staff of Adaire thank you for helping us create this wonderful space for learning and reading!

With gratitude,
Sarah Grey
Parent of a first-grader at Alexander Adaire Elementary School
New mural in the library!
Volunteers registered thousands of books
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Dear friends,

I am delighted to tell you that, in less than a week, we have met our goal of raising $5,000 for the Adaire Elementary School library! Special thanks to Janneken Smucker, whose donation put us over the top.

If you’ve been waiting for payday to get in on the fun, don’t worry—any additional donations will still go toward the library!

We’ve heard so much in the past few weeks about the uncertain future of public schools. It’s difficult for students and teachers alike to hear the news and worry that our humble K-8 elementary school, which is already underfunded and includes many families who struggle to get by, won’t be cared for.

Now we get to tell those students and teachers that they are important and worthy—that SO many people care about them SO much that it took just six days to reach a goal we thought was incredibly ambitious. We get to tell them that they can expect a warm, welcoming library full of cheerful colors, comfy reading nooks, and cozy study spots. We get to put up-to-date, relevant, exciting books in their hands and let them discover for themselves the worlds inside those pages.

If you’d like to continue supporting our school community, welcome aboard! On April 22—Earth Day—we’ll be welcoming volunteers from 8 AM to 2 PM to do the work of painting, cleaning, and improving our school building, including the library, as part of Comcast Cares Day. You can find out more here:

Thank you, thank you, thank you, on behalf of the students, teachers, staff, administrators, and parents of Adaire Elementary. Thank you, too, on behalf of the preschoolers and babies and future children who will enjoy and benefit from our school library for years to come.


Sarah Grey
(Lucia’s mom)
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Dear friends and supporters of Adaire Elementary,

It's day six of our campaign to fund the school library, and I am absolutely gobsmacked to report that we are less than $200 away from our goal.

We are THISCLOSE to being able to tell the kids that hundreds of people nearby and far away care so much about them and their education that they funded the library in less than a week. Whether you popped in $5 or $250, YOU made this happen for them.

Will you ask your friends and family to help put us over the top? Any funds raised over the goal amount will just mean more books for our kids!

Thank you so much for your support!

Sarah Grey
(Lucia's mom)
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! Adaire's kids woke up today to find that it's a snow day AND that we are 50% of the way to our library funding goal-- and it's only day three. As my daughter, an Adaire first grader who loves library day, put it: "Wow, Mom, that is a lot of dollars!"

I spoke to our principal, the dynamic and committed Anna Jenkins, yesterday, and she was blown away by the support all of you have given our humble school library. At a time when public education is too often treated like it doesn't matter, your commitment to this library affirms the dignity and worth of every single child at our school, from the smallest kindergartner to the high-school-bound eighth graders-- and our teachers and staff members, too. That matters.

So many of you have shared stories of your own childhood school libraries and your love of books. I hope you'll share our link, if you haven't already, with other book lovers in your life. Thank you again for your love and support.

Sarah Grey
(Lucia's mom)
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$5,470 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 145 people in 21 months
Created February 5, 2017
Sarah Grey
on behalf of Adaire Home & School Association
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Kara and Taylor Pilote
18 months ago

Happy to keep the neighborhood reading!

Dennis Cress
21 months ago

This is an excellent cause! Books for kids - nothing compares.

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21 months ago

I look forward to being recognized more and more.

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