Pages from Pam

$5,392 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 70 people in 36 months
Update: March 2018- 13 new books were presented to every 2nd grader at each school to take home and begin their own home libraries. Their bags included great chapter book titles such as Junie B. Jones, Flat Stanley, and the Magic Tree House. Many of the book titles were selected this year to coordinate with the AR Reading Incentive Program.  Each bag also included several early readers and a nice hardcover book! The children (as well as their teachers!) were so excited and appreciative! Summer purchasing has already begun to have a great selection of books for the 2018-2019 class. Thank you for supporting this project and please remember to share the campaign on social media!

Update
: March 2017-  With your generous donations the initial book goal was met and then doubled! Presentations were made at all four elementary schools in March. The funds were used to purchase new books and book bags. This account will remain open to collect funds for next year’s 2nd grade classes. I have already started buying books as I get contributions. Even though the money posted to this account has been spent, the donations will remain listed. Thank you so much for your support. I hope you will consider helping again!

Original Story: September 2016
 As a tribute to honor the memory of Pam Reaves Peters, every 2nd grader in the Talladega City School system will receive free books in May!

My name is Hayden and I am a junior at Auburn High School. Pam is my aunt and I am proud to organize this book drive in her honor. In some small way I hope that by helping the 2nd graders that her legacy lives on...Pages from Pam.

Pam is the inspiration for this book campaign. Her entire life was devoted to teaching. The majority of her career was spent teaching 2nd grade at Graham Elementary School in Talladega. She loved reading and had a passion for collecting books for "her children". Her students could feel her enthusiasm for reading and knew that she wanted them to be successful readers, too. She was well loved and now very missed. Pam passed away from cancer at age 55.

The goal of Pages from Pam is to collect and purchase 1000 age-appropriate books to present at least five books to every 2nd grade student in the town of Talladega, Alabama to keep and begin their own libraries at home.

There are four elementary schools in the Talladega City School system. Approximately 80% of the students receive free/reduced lunches and many emerge from low socio-economic households. For many of these students, these will be the first books ever in their homes. Having books in the home greatly increases the opportunity for literacy. To boost a child's academic performance there is a simple answer: Build up their home libraries. Research shows home library size has a very substantial effect on educational attainment, even adjusting for parents’ education, occupational status and other family background characteristics.

I will collect as many donated books as I can, but I am also determined to purchase brand new books for the students. There is such joy in opening a crisp, new book; a book without worn or wrinkled pages.

Please help me by sharing this book drive campaign and donating in Pam’s memory!
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In March 2018, 13 new books were presented to every 2nd grader at each elementary school in Talladega to take home and begin their own home libraries. Their bags included great chapter book titles such as Junie B. Jones, Flat Stanley, and the Magic Tree House. Many of the books were selected this year to coordinate with the AR Reading Incentive Program. Each bag also included several early readers and a nice hardcover book! Summer purchasing has already begun to have a great selection of books for the 2018-2019 class.

Pam's father, Carl Reaves, sadly passed away in June. To honor his memory our family has requested donations to the Pages from Pam project. My granddaddy was very proud of Pam and her success as a teacher and this is the perfect way to honor them both. Thank you for supporting this campaign!
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In honor of Pam's birthday, Pages from Pam officially kicks off for the 2017-2018 school year! The goal is for every 2nd grade student in the Talladega City School system to receive a great bag of books in March. Last year with your help I delivered 10 books in a nice printed canvas bag to each student. Let's do it again! Please share this campaign.
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We were joined by many of Pam's teacher friends when we visited Graham School. She taught here the longest. Enjoy a few pictures- three to be exact- thanks to gofundme's limit! (see Salter, Houston and R.L. Young photos on previous updates) Please consider donating again soon! I am already purchasing Scholastic books to take advantage of summer discounts!
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These are pictures from R.L. Young Elementary. (see Salter and Houston photos on previous updates) It is hard to pick just three photos. All of the 2nd graders were excited to receive books!
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$5,392 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 70 people in 36 months
Created August 16, 2016
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$25
Anonymous
13 months ago
JE
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Jerry, Jack and Larry Edmiston
13 months ago

In loving memory of a good man and a wonderful brother-in-law with much love.

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Anonymous
13 months ago
LG
$100
Luke Griffin
14 months ago
VB
$50
Valerie Burrage
14 months ago

In memory of a great man, Carl Reaves. He was always a joy to talk with at work or in the community. He loved ASB and our students.

KB
$25
Kathy Burch
14 months ago

To the memory of Mr. Reeves.

TF
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Travis and Mitzi Ford
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Debbie and Norman Culver
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22 months ago
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I love your cause!!! Way to go! Keep up your good work :-)

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