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" We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."
~ Marian Wright Edelman~

Adopt A School

If you're in education and your school is not in need of funds but you think the program would do your student body good in the areas of charitable giving and improved fitness, please consider...

  • Raising money for a sister school that is in need of funds. This could be a school in your vicinity or one in a different part of the country. (Contact Us if you're looking for a school in need, or if you're a school that would like to be adopted--we'll match you up!)
  • Swap the donation percentages: Keep 10% and donate 90% to First Book. Or just increase the donation percentage to whatever suits your school.

If you’re an individual interested in helping out but don’t really know what to do, contact your neighborhood elementary or middle school and ask them if they’ve heard about Exercise the Right to Read. If not, tell them about the campaign, then offer to do any of the following:

  • Conduct the one-mile run/walk once a week (and get other volunteers to sign up for other days of the week).
  • Offer to come into a classroom and read for 26 minutes once a week (and get other volunteers to sign up for other days or classrooms).
  • Download a Pledge Form and get your friends and colleagues to sponsor you, then donate the proceeds to your adopted school!
  • Simply make a pledge on a student’s or teacher's (or the principal’s!) form.
  • Contact your local media and ask them to help promote your adopted school’s efforts. The more buzz you help create, the more interested they’ll be.

If you’re an author, do any of the above, and share your own books! Offer to give away autographed copies to the students who bring in the most pledges!

What schools really need is community support to make their fundraisers a success. Thanks so much for getting involved!

 

"I've learned that finishing a marathon...
is a state of mind
that says anything is possible."
~John Hanc, The Essential Runner ~

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