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Every Person in New York

The kids are back in school but that doesn't mean they've found a well-stocked library of books. As we do once a semester or so, MUG is asking you to help get books into NYC classrooms. Today, we're highlighting four project requests.

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood: Books About Community Do you want to help to instill a lifelong love of reading and a passion for books in children? Well, it's one of the reasons that I went into teaching! Unfortunately, my classroom library does not meet the needs of my very excited bookworms. I can often be found at the public library three or four nights a week, checking out extra books for my students. A leveled library is especially important in first grade because this is the age when children learn to read. I also do not always have enough time in the day to teach my students every subject. These 20+ books about community members can help me integrate our social studies work with our reading work. $176 needed>>

Book Flood: The Antidote to Readicide The students at my school reside in one of the poorest congressional districts in the United States. When the last bell of the school day rings at 3:10 pm, most students head to a part-time job (whose income helps to put food on the table) in the neighborhood or home to take care of younger siblings or elderly relatives. Rarely does this second shift provide the space or time for leisure reading, an activity highly correlated with academic success, higher SAT scores, and greater chance of admission to college. The reading students do in school is critical for providing an avenue to a brighter and more enriching life. Independent reading has been a part of my English curriculum for five years, and with the gradual and regular addition of high-interest books to my classroom library, I see students blossom into lifelong readers. $296 needed>>

Getting Lost in a Good Book Every day in my class, students will have 30 minutes for independent reading. During this time they will have the opportunity to browse our classroom library and choose a book that peaks their curiosity, launching their future as life-long readers. The majority of my students currently are far below grade level in reading. However, I envision them first encountering the classics in a less intimidating and easier to digest graphic novel form. I can help them move their reading levels. I just need the right books… $256 needed>>

Learning to Read! Watching a student learn to read is one of the most inspiring moments a teacher can have! My students are eager and ready to learn. Many of them are just starting to sound out three letter words and increase their sight word vocabulary. Now, they need books to help them in their journey! Set in the Upper West Side of New York City, my school specializes in teaching students with disabilities. My kindergarten classroom is comprised of eight energetic and charismatic students who are ready and excited to learn every day! These five and six-year-old learners love technology and using an iPad or Smart board, but now we want to get them excited for books! $645 needed>>

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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