Kids

What’s better than giving a young kid a new book each month?

Only paying $9 to do it.

Teachers at Blackwell Elementary School have launched a new fundraising campaign to help provide books to students in need. But they are asking for the public’s help in order to make it a success.

“Each month during the school year, I receive the Scholastic Book Club fliers to send home with students. Unfortunately, several of my students never get to order. This means they are not getting books to keep and love at home,” said Michelle Kincaid, a fourth-grade teacher. “But this can all change.”

Kincaid said that the Scholastic company, which is a leading publisher of educational books for children, has a wide selection of books for $1 each. She said that individuals can “sponsor” a student in her class for just $9 a year, meaning that the child will receive a new book each month that school is in session.

“You could mail me a check for $9 made out to ‘Scholastic Book Club,’ and the child you sponsor would get a new book to take home and keep each month. I would then send in all of the checks together and it would credit my Scholastic account,” said Kincaid.

Kincaid currently has 26 students in her class. However, she’s not the only teacher participating in the fundraising campaign: Tobi Wood, Haley Stacy, Kristin Brown, Samantha Cordell, Debbie Neal, Jennifer Hankins, Allison Simmons, Cassandra Diaz, Deidra Sixkiller, Valarie Criner are also asking for donations to help promote childhood literacy. While teachers ask that you sponsor at least one student, they’ll readily accept as many sponsorships as you are willing to provide.

Checks can be mailed to: Blackwell Elementary, 2105 West Furguson Avenue, Blackwell, OK 74631. Also, please specify which teacher is to receive the donation by putting “Attention” next to the teacher’s name on the envelope.

“New books are always so fun to receive, and it’s a great way to build a life-long love of reading,” said Kincaid.

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