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G.R.E.A.T project

Book Harvest NC
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Hannah Lang

on 8 June 2011

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Transcript of G.R.E.A.T project

Our G.R.E.A.T Project By Hannah Lang and Madison Fitts About Book Harvest NC We decided to collect books for Book Harvest NC by asking people in our neighborhood to donate gently used children's books to a green bin on Hannah's front porch. We sent out an email asking people to do so. But after 6 days... There were only 3 books in the box. We decided we had to do something more. We came up with the idea to hold a bake sale at our annual neighborhood garage sale, and use the money to buy new books. The Bake Sale What we did On Saturday, May 17th, we both gathered all our supplies and headed up to the garage sale site. These included: Card table Book donation box Store-bought baked goods (muffins, breads, rolls and cookies) Donated baked goods from Foster's Market Donated coffee from Merrit's Store and Grill Box of change money We sold baked goods all during the garage sale, and when that ended we moved to the pool. We sold almost all our merchandise (the rest was generously bought by our family). We raised over $130 and filled our box with books!! Thanks to: People Christine Lang Brandon Scopel Lauren Fitts Emma Taylor The Results On May th, 2011, we went to Flyleaf books to donate our books to Book Harvest and purchase our books with the money we raised during the bake sale (we chose Flyleaf because it is a local, independantly-owned bookstore and we wanted to support that). Kara Businesses Flyleaf Books Merrit's Store and Grill Foster's Market Book Harvest NC is "an initiative, based in central North Carolina, to collect gently used children’s books and to place them in the hands and homes of children who need them." Here are some of the facts listed on their website to support their cause: Children growing up in homes with no books are on average three years behind in academic performance than children in homes with lots of books, even when controlled for other factors. (M.D.R. Evans et al, "Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations", Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, June 2010) The achievement gap that exists between lower-income and higher-income kids can be narrowed or even closed simply by giving books to low-income kids. Just a dozen books selected by the child, at a total costs of about $50, can achieve the same improvements in school performance as $3000 worth of summer school. (Richard Allington et al, "Ameliorating summer reading setback among economically disadvantaged elementary students", February 2010) The single biggest predictor of school success is not income, gender, race, or parents' education; it is the presence of books in the home. (Jeff McQuillan, The Literacy Crisis: False Claims, Real Solutions, 1998) Websites http://www.bookharvestnc.org/ Pictures http://www.ahes.k12.nj.us/ahes/Media%20Center/
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