I'm a literacy teacher and the librarian at two alternative public high schools that share space in a building on West 58th Street, in Manhattan--Coalition School and Landmark High School. Most of the combined student body of approximately 800 students come from working-class and poor Black and Latino families.
This year's school library allotment is $5200-about $6.50 per student. We never have enough of the books that students want to and can read, especially those struggling readers who don't read habitually.
Last year I took my students to the local Barnes and Noble, where they browsed the shelves and selected the books that they wanted to read. These books eventually became part of our circulating collection.
I'd like to be able to do this again with my literacy class and after school with many other students in the two schools and would like to raise the funds that would allow as many students as possible to purchase books.