Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thank You From All Of Us In Room 216

A few weeks ago, I put a request out to Facebook friends and readers of my blog.  I was looking for folks to donate books to my class via an Amazon wishlist.  Not long after, Amazon boxes started piling up in our school office. :)  My students unboxed, sorted, and labled over 50 books in the past 2 days!  To say they are having fun would be an understatement.

My only concern has been how to thank all of you.  Unfortunately, none of the packages or invoices (except for two) gave any indication of WHO sent them.  This happened when one friend sent an order last year, but I assumed the lack of identity was a fluke.  However, it seems to be the norm (and Amazon won't tell me).

My original plan was to have the kids write thank you cards, but aside from a few folks who told me they intended to send books, I have no idea who all of you generous folks are!

We wear masks because on the Web we need secret identities! :)
Hopefully, if you sent books, you will see this; so you can know how grateful we all are and how effective these books will be in our classroom.  In their short time here, these books have already gotten tons of use!

Again, thank you for your generosity.  As much as I am concerned about teaching the technical aspects of reading, I also know that it is equally, if not more, important for a child to develop a personal culture of reading - that reading would move beyond route dynamics to a pleasure filled experience.  Every year I have students who turn that corner for the first time, and I know that part of that shift is due to having good books on hand and available when those moments come to fruition.  Your donations give those moments opportunity.

Thank YOU!

He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes. 
 - Barrow

When you sell a man a book you don't sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. 
 - Christopher Morley

The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. 
 - Dr. Seuss

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. 
 - Maya Angelou


mary goldring said...

Love the masks. Love the readers! Love your heart for these kiddos.

Don said...

Hope they enjoy them. Looks like a lively group!

Andrew said...

Thank You!!

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