178 BOOKS SENT!
Thank you so much to all the people who helped get a full wishlist of books on the way to this wonderful school. If you’ve just arrived, please consider helping our other schools in need of books! Let’s get more kids excited to read. Also please follow us on Twitter or Facebook - we have lots more empty shelves to fill, coming soon.
Patterson Elementary is a Title 1 school in Washington, DC that serves 340 students from preschool through fifth grade. Over 80% of Patterson’s students qualify for free or reduced price lunch. The library serves as a place to connect the student body – every student visits the library at least once a week, and it the only place in the school where they can read whatever they want. This ability to check out what they want, regardless of what they are learning about or what their reading level is, is key because letting students read books that match their interests is the best way to increase interest in reading. The average book in our library collection is from 1992, and much of the collection looks old-fashioned, and lacks appeal to students browsing the shelves, looking for things to read. While we do have a librarian, the collection is funded entirely through grants and donations, so we really appreciate your support. Thanks for your help!