Let's Read Rankin - FREE Book Fairs

$975 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 14 people in 5 months
Amanda Roberts  FLORENCE, MS
My name is Amanda Roberts.  I have a plan to Make a Difference in my community, and this is how:  

I love to read.  Often, I go to the book store and leave with a stack of books.  I recall during elementary school attending the Book Fairs held at school and spending every penny that I had saved along with the money my parents gave me to buy tons of books.  I also remember the children who were not able to attend the Book Fair because they didn't have money to buy books.  I believe those early years of choosing my own books, taking them home and reading them is where my love for reading began.

Through the encouragement of my own school, Jackson Preparatory School, of adult mentors and of principals in the local Rankin County Elementary Schools, I have created a plan to have FREE book fairs for children ages K-2nd grade in Rankin County Elementary Schools.  Currently, these FREE book fairs are tentatively scheduled for January, 2017, at Richland Elementary School, Steens Creek Elementary School (Florence) and McLaurin Elementary School.  Ultimately, it would be fantastic if we could have them at all Rankin County Elementary Schools.  

This is quite a task, and this is where I need your help. These 3 schools total have approximately 1,400 children in K-2nd grade; Rankin County wide has approximately 4,700 children K-2nd grade.  Since I would like for each child to be able to choose 2-3 books, I need to have approximately 4,000 books for the first 3 schools.  I am collecting books, new and gently used, as well as monetary funds, 100% of which will be used to buy books.  

Yes, right here in Rankin County, there are many children who are not able to have the reading resources they need.  The Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Act of 2013 requires that students exiting third grade are reading on grade level.  Some children are falling short of this requirement.  I know these FREE Book Fairs will help improve literacy by encouraging a love for reading.  

Most of all, I can't wait to see the faces of these children light up when they get to write their name in the books they choose, take them home to read them over and over.

Thank you for your generosity and support through your prayers, encouragement and donations.
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Update 5
Posted by Amanda Roberts
1 month ago
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Thank you all for your continued support. Let's Read Rankin has now completed 2 book fairs and has given out over 2,300 books. We have approximately 1,000 books ready to go to the next Book Fair. Please consider continuing to donate so we can keep putting books in the children's hands and hearts!
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Update 4
Posted by Amanda Roberts
2 months ago
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Thank you so very much for the generous donations made thus far. Because we have received so many direct book and monetary donations in addition to the donations here on Go Fund Me, we have reduced our Go Fund Me Goal. However, please know that we are still in need of your help. We have been able to locate some great sources for used books that can be purchased with these donations at a fraction of the cost of a new books. These books look brand new. PLEASE, PLEASE keep donating - a $5 donation can purchase 2-3 books. We are getting closer to our goal of getting books in the hands of these children. THANK YOU!
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Update 3
Posted by Amanda Roberts
3 months ago
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Big Announcement soon regarding the first Book Fair!
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Update 2
Posted by Amanda Roberts
3 months ago
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Winter has finally arrived in Mississippi and Christmas will be here before you know it. Book Fair dates will be announced soon!
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$975 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 14 people in 5 months
Created October 27, 2016
Amanda Roberts  
FW
$250
Frank White
2 months ago
$100
Dennis and Doris Tighe
2 months ago

Amanda, we are so proud of you. Uncle Dennis and Aunt Doris

KS
$50
Karen, Bill and Katie Simmons
2 months ago

So proud of all the hard work and dedication you have put into this project! Thanks for being such a special friend in Katie's life!!

KS
$50
Kori Smith
3 months ago
CM
$20
Cheri Magee
3 months ago

Yay!

AD
$50
Amy Davis
4 months ago

We love you and are so proud of you!!! I can't wait to see how this venture grows!!!!! You will bring smiles to so many...as you always do

UD
$100
Uncle Dennis and Aunt Doris
4 months ago

Amanda, this is a very worthwhile endeavor. We are so proud of you.

LM
$20
Laura Mosley
4 months ago
$50
Daniel Wolfe
4 months ago

Keep it up Man-man.

JL
$25
Jessica Leverette
4 months ago

Good job Amanda!!!

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