info 08.7.09

Donors Choose
Plus: the skint

As we do once a semester or so, MUG is asking you to help a NYC classroom through Donors Choose. We're asking in spite of the recession, but because of it, too. There's just not enough money allocated to provide the number of books needed by each city classroom.

Every time we've asked you to contribute, you've done so quickly and generously. To date, MUG readers have helped NYC schools with more than $5500 in donations.

Today's request is from a NYC first grade teacher for $865 to supply her students with books:
Hello! I am a first grade teacher who loves coming to work every day to help my children grow every day. My school is in a high-need community. Most of my students receive free breakfast and lunch.

My students are at different reading levels. Although we have some books, most of the books are not at the level of my children's reading capability. I have mastered my goal for my children to love reading. At this moment I am having a difficult time finding books for every child to be able to read them. I find that at times some children are getting bored or frustrated because the reading levels are not appropriate for them.

Lakeshore has a wonderful leveled library with a storage cart that would be a great for my children. With this wonderful leveled library my students would be able to choose reading books that are at their level. This would enhance my students reading and most of all this would bring love to reading again.

With your generous donation my students will be able to choose books that are at their level. I try my best to give my students all that I have but at this moment I do need some help. Please help me help my students; be our hero! Thank you!


skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

summer streets kickoff: major manhattan arteries go car-less, joyful mayhem ensues. free. [sat 7am-1pm]
[Photo: Nicholas Truong]

3rd annual international yo-yo open + ny state yo-yo contest @ south st seaport, free [sat 11:30am-5:30pm]

tour the northeast's largest particle accelerator @ brookhaven national lab, free [sun 10am-4pm]

150+ teams compete in the hong kong dragon boat festival @ flushing meadows park, free [sat-sun 9am-5pm]

asphalt orchestra play free marching concerts w. music by bjork, mingus, zappa @ bway plaza, free [sat-sun 7pm]

lower manhattan (from 2007)

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