Give Words, Grow Minds
Where giving just a little means a whole lot
We've hit our stretch goal, but we're not ready to stop.
Thank you everyone who has donated, because of you we were able to surpass our stretch goal with a week left! Because of how this project is set up, the more money you donate, the more children we serve. So, keep on donating and sharing our project with your friends and family so we can put books in every home this holiday season!
Because of all of your help we have surpassed our goal, but we're not done yet!
Thanks to all your help, we were able to meet our goal and more in less than 24 hours! We want to extend a huge thank you to all who have donated and participated in our project. You have given us the ability to share our love of literature with the tiniest members of our community.
In order to reach even more kids we'd like to announce a stretch campaign. With our new goal of $2,000 we'll be able to provide book bags to two more classrooms than we initially planned, as well as supplementary paperbacks for our current classrooms! Please continue to donate and share our project so we can inspire students across the valley.
We are your Boise State University graduating English Literature class, and we are raising funds to provide new books for early elementary-age students at Title I schools* here in Boise. With your donations, these students will receive brand-new books. In November, we will visit classrooms and read aloud to the students, giving us an opportunity to inspire and interact with the children before we send them home with books we purchase thanks to your generosity.
*Title I schools are schools where the majority of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. 44% of Boise students qualify for these programs.
About Our Project
Nationally, there is only 1 book per 300 children in low-income households and, on average, children who grow up with books in the home read at a level three years ahead of their bookless peers. Through Books in Every Home we hope to spark imaginations in the Treasure Valley. We will collaborate with you, the community, to raise money and distribute books to low-income families, some of whom may be learning English as a second or third language. By doing so, we hope to inspire kids in our community to have a desire to learn, read, and interact with the world around them through Literature. This project is our way of giving back to the community that has already given so much to us.
Why New Books? Why Books Written in Multiple Languages?
We want this to be an opportunity to give a child a new book of their own to cherish and love. With this campaign, we will attempt to break down barriers of income inequality so that every student has the opportunity to reach their learning and literacy potential. Boise students come from over 61 countries and speak more than 74 languages. This semester, we anticipate including books in multiple languages because we feel passionate that every child should have the opportunity to read with their families. With guidance from teachers, we hope to include dual-language books for any students who may want them.
We hope you’ll join us on this journey and find it in your heart to donate to Books in Every Home, where giving just a little means a whole lot.
The Fall 2018 Senior Literature Capstone Class:
Will Cole, Malia Cole, Paige Hatch, Denise Holbrook, Gecko McDowell, Leigh Price, Karly Workman