This post was written in partnership with Toyota.
When Toyota reached out to me with the opportunity to host and run a book drive that would help make the difference in people’s lives I just knew I had to jump at the chance. First things first, I needed to find someone who needed books and wasn’t able to gain access to them on their own. The classroom where we’ll be donating is a 85%+ Title 1 school which means that 85%+ of the students live in poverty and 100% of the students receive free breakfast, lunch and snacks as well as after school programming. Many of the students that attend are either homeless or move around a lot because of poverty, immigration fears and family situations.
The students in the class are in fourth/fifth grade, however, many of the students speak English as a second language. The population of the school is about 50% Latino, 40% African American, 10% African/Somalian, Native American, Asian, and a handful of Caucasian.
Want to help out? Send books (email me and I’ll give you my address, firstname.lastname@example.org) or come and drop them off on Wednesday, September 6th! Here are the details:
When: Wednesday, September 6th, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where: NorthRidge Fellowship, 12522 Main St, Rogers, Minnesota 55374
Look for the Toyota Tundra, we’ll be in the South side parking lot of the church.
What kind of books are we looking for?
The teacher had these suggestions (these are affiliate links, just so you know):
- Graphic novels
- The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
- Other Raina Telgemeier books
- Babysitters Club (graphic novel)
- Garfield cartoons (the kids love Garfield)
I’ll be live on Facebook periodically on Wednesday during the drive to give you live updates. Turn on notifications so you don’t miss a beat!
And if you are donating a book, let me say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much. You have no idea the impact this will have on these kids’ lives.
Bert Anderson is a blogger and social media manager mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She’s the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or 19, there’s a first time for everything. She’s a lover of coffee, conversations, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.