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This Is Your Chance – Yeah I Mean You!!!

Ok guys, we’re now entering phase 2. I left Surkhet this morning in a teary blur of flowers, tikha, and sweets gifted to me by the fabulous children of Kopila Valley Primary School.

And now I am in Kathmandu winding up an afternoon of book-buying at Pilgrim’s Book House with a nice cup of green tea.

But here’s the thing: I’ve already run through half of the book budget given. We’ve done well – at an average of $2.71 per book I’ve amassed dictionaries, question/answer books, and level appropriate reading material.

But we need to do more! We need class sets of chapter books and thesauruses! Poetry anthologies! Art books for all our recycling materials! Who knows when this opportunity will arise again. I’m here in KTM for the next three days, with the ability to buy quality literature that will be shipped back to Surkhet for free! Why stop at $100? (about 40 books).

I’d like everyone to consider donating $5, $10, $50, or more to KVCHS’s budding library. We have one book shelf at the school currently, and half of it is filled with 8th grade grammar workbooks (no offense to sentence diagraming of course.) Let’s make it ten, twenty, thirty shelves filled with Roald Dahl, Shel Silverstein, Eric Carle, and Tommy dePaola! I want Orr to have to come back and build a fourth building for the library alone.

Our kids have 30 minutes of library/free reading 3 days a week, plus reading time every day in English. If we don’t grow the library now, the kids will run out of material in 30 school days. We are going to be using innovative software that allows us to have a system for checking out books to children without actually having a librarian, and without internet access. What does that mean? We’ll be the only library around for a 100 miles or more by my guesstimation. If you want a children’s book in Surkhet or its surrounding villages, we’re the only option. And most importantly, we will be delivering, DAILY, the gift of reading to 212 children AND their families. This is how change happens. Now all we need are more books!

Here’s what a few dollars can do for us:

$5 = a pair of how-to craft books for our Friday enrichment classes

$10 = an illustrated dictionary for 4th grade

$50 = a class set of James and the Giant Peach (20 books)

Many of you follow Maggie’s site and have generously donated money to this worthwhile effort. Thank you thank you thank you for getting the ball rolling. Now we need everyone else’s help to keep up the momentum.

If you can spare a few dollars, please consider sending it our way. It will go so far and make a difference for so many kids.

Click here to help us now!

A smattering of what I've bought so far...

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4 responses to “This Is Your Chance – Yeah I Mean You!!!

  1. Regina Marshall August 7, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Hi Lisa,
    I just sent out e-mails to all my former Kindergarten parents to read your blog and I am sending money to Maggie’s dad to buy books!
    Love you,
    Mom

  2. Margaret August 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Done…go buy some more books! šŸ™‚

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