Let's Read Rankin - FREE Book Fairs
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.