Promoting Literacy Closer to Home!
May 2011 - Although the International Book Project works mainly in developing countries, last year we also partnered with several organizations working in underserved communities within the U.S. One of these organizations is Teach for America in Atlanta. IBP donated 880 desperately needed children's reading books to teachers working in underfunded schools throughout Atlanta.
Holli Patton is a teacher with the Teach for America program at Finch Elementary who received books from the donation. She describes the reaction of her students upon receiving the books, "When my students first saw all of the new resources I had brought into the classroom they were beyond excited. The students knew that these resources would help them achieve their personal reading goals and make reading time more fun by having a more diverse selection of books and activities to choose from."
It is easy to forget that there are some schools in the U.S. that have difficulty providing their students with basic resources such as books. "The resources have ignited the students' interest in reading and writing and they have helped provide teachers with new ideas for engaging lessons. I truly believe that these resources have rejuvenated the students love for books and their desire to become outstanding readers," says Holli.
Take Advantage of Matching Grant Opportunities at IBP!
Gregg New Donor Matching Grant
While you may not be a new donor, you may have friends, family, and neighbors who would be interested in helping IBP provide books to schools and libraries in the developing world. As an incentive, a long-time IBP supporter is matching all contributions from new donors up to $7,000. We are especially targeting businesses, so talk to your employer about donating to IBP and taking advantage of the match!
Gregg Matching Grant for Former Soviet States
Thanks to a grant by long-time donor, Kate Kinley Gregg, the International Book Project is able to offer matching grants for schools and libraries in the former Soviet States. These Central Asian and Eastern European countries have traditionally aligned with Russia and in the past have mostly spoken Russian as their second language. However, learning English and understanding Western culture has become increasingly important to the new generation of students who are eager to widen their educational and job prospects in the West. IBP is helping English teachers throughout the region by providing English language resources.