Lisa Ours via Crowdrise
March 20, 2012
Often times, no matter how much we wish we could drop ten, twenty even thirty bucks on shiny new reading material for our children, the cash flow must be spent on the groceries or the light bill. As a result many young hearts and minds go hungry for want of that one book that they couldn't get.
I want to raise money to create a fund for our Middle School that would ensure that every child who comes to the book fair leaves with at least one new book of their choice. Money should not be the barrier that keeps a child from reading.
I know there are programs that do something similar to what I want to do except that they often times use the guidelines of low income or reduced lunch program families as the criteria for who qualifies to receive help.
I want this to be for any kid regardless of parents income. Sort of a "Pay it forward" attempt to ease everyone's pocket book. How much money a family makes is not always a guarantee that any of that money will be spent on reading material.
Books are the gateway to a universe of wonder and delight and a source of knowledge and the wisdom of the ages.
Every child should have the chance to travel that universe and benefit from all the riches it has to offer.
Maybe you can help?
In 2010, the number of students at the Rolla Middle School was approximately 881.
To ensure every student the opportunity to recieve one free book valued at approximately $10.00 we would need to raise $8,810.00 I would like to see us raise an even $10,000.00 and put the excess toward the next year in hopes we can continue to bring a new book a year to every child in school for years to come.