On Wednesday May 11, Sheriff Jewell Williams, members of his staff and others, including an invite to City Council President Darrell Clarke, read to children at the John F. Hartranft Elementary School at 720 W. Cumberland Street as part of the The Right Books Campaign and The Fund For the School District of Philadelphia to raise money for grades K-3 school libraries.
The tiny girl walked into the Mitchell Elementary School counselor's office dressed only in pants and a tank top. Outside, it was 39 degrees.
"My teacher sent me to get a sweater," she whispered. "I'm cold."
The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia is launching an ambitious campaign. It's not only trying to raise money for city schools, but also trying to help students improve their reading skills. The goal of the "Right Books" campaign is to get the right books to kids at the right time. Officials say part of that effort involves making sure every classroom has a library.Tuesday morning's fundraising effort at Clara Barton Elementary School in Feltonville kicked off with a read-a-thon.
The fund for the School District of Philadelphia is trying to raise $3.5 million by 2017 to match $10.5 million investments from the William Penn Foundation and the Lenfest Foundation. The dollars provide every kindergarten through third grade teacher with comprehensive literacy training. To have the maximum effect, they need the right books - and that's where these libraries come in. It costs $5,000 to install a classroom library, and Tuesday morning's read-a-thon raised enough money for two classroom libraries. Watch the full news clip from 6ABC.
Across the city, many classrooms lack what Alison Walters has cobbled together from 10-cent yard sales, book-club deals, and the proceeds of side jobs she works "to support my teaching habit": a colorful, voluminous classroom library. City and school officials want to change that. On Tuesday, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., and 30 other leaders gathered at Clara Barton School to launch a $3.5 million fund-raising campaign aimed at placing libraries in every Philadelphia School District elementary classroom.
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