Classroom Book Drive
UPDATE: The Bethany congregation contributed $463 and two full boxes of books, including a complete 8-book set of Esperanza Rising, to help support the classroom library of Jenny Schurk. Jenny just started her second year of teaching English at Parkway Middle School in South San Francisco. The funds were combined with funds from the Orville Wycoff Memorial Fund, and used to purchase eight sets of 8 books each, which will be used by Ms. Schurk and her colleagues to set up literature circles with their students. The Community Life/Action Committee is very grateful for Bethany's support for this successful drive, and we wish Jenny and her students a rich and enjoyable year of reading wonderful literature for young adults!
We are invited to help support the classroom of Jenny Schurk, an English teacher at Parkway Middle School in South San Francisco.
We will offer support in two ways, by providing new or gently used books to expand the classroom library, and by purchasing several class sets of young adult literature so Ms. Schurk and her colleagues will be able to set up literature circles with their students.
The Community Life/Action committee invites you to look through your personal libraries to see if there are any new or gently used books you could contribute that would be appropriate for middle school students (usually 11 – 14 years old). We will be having two book drives this summer –on June 28, and on July 19 – where we will gratefully accept your book or monetary contributions. (But we know that books will be cheerfully accepted at any time!)
Ms. Schurk's wish list for classroom sets:
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
The Schwa Was Here by Neal Schusterman
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Please read Ms. Schurk's "Minute for Literacy" below, and consider how you might help out!
Chew on This by Eric Schlosser
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Memories of a Childhood by Zitkala-Sa (might be out of print)