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Philadelphia Reads
December 23, 2009

PhiladelphiaREADS runs the Book Bank (BB) at King High School. The BB is an AMAZING resource for all educators! Any teacher or educator is allowed to go to the BB any time (when they're open, which is just Wednesdays from 2-5pm, approximately) during the year, as many times as he/she likes, and may take--for FREE--up to 300 books per year!!! The BB is really a place to see--a huge room in the high school that acts as a warehouse for SO many books, including classroom sets, foreign language books of all levels, school supplies, workbooks, board books for babies, encyclopedias...different selection depending on what's been donated, but most are in excellent condition, some are brand new, some are fairly used. But it's just a true gem of a resource and teachers city-wide should really take advantage of this!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my school, where I was able to have a collection of books in my office that I was able to use when students came to see me (school counselor) and especially when younger kids needed to calm down or take their minds off of something troubling.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to have the Book Bank staffed and open more hours each week.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world! Get books to all kids who need them! Do more marketing to promote their efforts/services!

Ways to make it better...

the heat had been turned off...or at least down! I was there in December of last year (2008) and the heat was blasting so much that I felt faint. I would have stayed and collected more books had it not been for the heat!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding volunteers to staff the Book Bank and other reading events.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Client Served & Got books at the Book Bank for my students at a low-income elementary school.