Monday, April 23, 2012

World Book Night 2012 Giver

I don't know how many of you have heard about this fantastic event, but today, April 23rd, 2012 was World Book Night!!!!

For those of you that do not know, I teach a group of what we call "reluctant readers" at a high school here in Vancouver, WA.  They read any where from 1st grade to 8th grade level. Needless to say, it's a roller coaster ride every day. They hate the class and because of that sometimes say they hate me. I know that because they have trouble reading, they hate school.

But a lot of them like science fiction and a lot of them like "free things". So, my friend, Julia, told me about this great organization called "World Book Night USA" and told me to apply for a box of free books to give away on April 23rd.  I got the e-mail!!!!  I was chosen!  I would be a giver! It was fantastic, but I started to get really nervous.  What was I going to do.  How would I "convince" my readers to take this free gift.

The day was here. Still nervous, I went to school.  I told the kids all about the organization and what they were trying to do and asked how many of them wanted the book "Kindred" that I had to give to them.

Hands shot up all over the room!  By the end of 2nd period, I only had 5 books left, which I handed out in 4th period to a happy group of kids that I NEVER would have thought would take a book from me EVER!  One kid told me today that he would never like any books.  And then he took one!  Who knew?

I don't know what these kids will do with the books.  I HOPE they read them.  But even if they don't, I want them to know that I tried really hard to get these books for them.  I want them to know how much I love reading.  Some day, I want them to love reading, too.

This is right outside my classroom in the "memorial garden" for our fallen teacher, Mr. Patterson

My friend, Julia, got the book "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian", which she personalized for each one of her "reluctant reader" students. She is such an amazing teacher and has some of the BEST ideas! She and I would LOVE to do this again next year and want to plan out an even BIGGER event. Perhaps a "boot giver" party in one of our classrooms?  Eh, Julia?  WHO KNOWS!

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