This is my 5th year as an in2books teacher, and I cannot say enough about how this program motivates at-risk students to read and write! It allows students to select their own books, and then write letters to a pen pal who has also read the same books. Students who are very resistant to writing willingly type a letter to their pen pal and the revision process is almost painless! I am a veteran special education teacher and my students are SO excited to exchange letters with their wonderful pen pals!
Reading has always been an important part of my life. Like most, it was taken me on journeys far beyond what I could imagine. As an online penpal/volunteer for the last three years, In2Books has helped me continue that journey and share with children all over the United States. I am honored to serve with this organization.
I love being part of In2Books! Since it is a email pen pal program, you can write you letters at midnight if you so choose! As a retired teacher I like being able to share books and connect with students. The In2Books web site is very easy to use, and has lots of good ideas for writing your letters. In2Books is a program for anyone, whether they are educators or not. This would be an excellent program for someone who wants to volunteer but may not have the mobility to volunteer outside the home.
It was a great experience corresponding with a student about what he was reading in class. He was very eager to share about himself and the things he liked about school. I hope I was a positive example for him in his educational goals. I hope to volunteer again. There were a few system glitches that delayed several messages, but other than that it was a great experience that I hope to have again.
I enjoyed the interaction with my student. He had a great sense of humor and it was fun to communicate with him on the books. Besides, In2Books, offers great help in doing a good job of working with the students.
In2books is a great organization in which children can experience the joy of reading and sharing books with others. I used this program in my third grade classroom. My students had a better understanding of reading for a purpose and writing responses with evidence from the story. I will be volunteering again this year and hopefully many years to come.
In2Books is a dynamic program that impacts the lives of elementary students. the program provides books and adult pen pals for children to read with and write to. The In2Books program provided students in my class the opportunity to choose books from differnt genres to read throughout the yar and an adult pen pal was advised and read the same book. My students had the opportunity to write a letter to their pen pal and share their thoughts on the books read and hear what they (pen-pal _ thought. It encouraged my students to read and also provided a forum for them to learn about other areas of our country. My students were excited about the program and looked forward to not only getting their books (which they got to keep) but also getting their letters. I highly recomment In2Books because the program not only assists students in reading, but it affords them the opportunity to increase their knowledge of grammar skills as they enjoy and learn more about themselves and become reflective thinkers.
I found out about In2Books when I was studying to be an elementary educator in Southern Maine. Unfortunately, elementary education is a popular career field, so job opportunities are few. I have always supplemented my education with volunteer experience, so I was excited to learn of In2Books. Since joining the program, I have worked with different students from across the United States, and from very different backgrounds. In sharing my own stories and thoughts, I am able to connect with a child that I know I am impacting not only now, but also into the future with the gift of literacy. To watch a child learn and grow as a student and as a reader is one of the most fulfilling volunteer opportunities I have ever been awarded, and I highly recommend the ePals Foundation to any would-be educator who just wants to make a difference.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with In2Books. This organization allowed me the opportunity to pursue a dream...reading and communicating with children. I have always enjoyed reading and talking to other people about what I had read. I also liked receiving input from others about books to read. In2Books allowed me this opportunity. It was fun to communicate with a student I did not know. His suggestion of the books we were to read was a thrill. I had never read any of the books he had chosen. The program has the books set p by genre. Each book was picked from a different genre and I believe had some correlation to what the children were studying in school. After reading the books, we corresponded by email to give our thoughts about the books. There was always questions from the student about the book. He also included his thoughts and wanted to hear mine. Not only did I become aware of books I had never read, but I had the great joy of seeing a book through a child's eye...it does not get much better than that! There is such a need to assist children and adults in reading and understanding, no matter what the media is. I believe In2Books is a marvelous way to get to be a part of this. I believe it is as good for the children and as well as the adults. I only with my penpal and I could have read more books. Please endorse this program...It has so many special gifts to offer children as well as adults.
My wife was a K-12 reading specialist for many years and introduced me to in2books (ePals Foundation). I've now been a volunteer penpal to 4 students and have found it to be very rewarding. I can honestly say that I have seen, first hand, how much reading can change a child in just a few short months. The improvement in vocabulary, organization of thoughts, and ability to answer questions was clearly evident in their e-mails to me in response to the books and my e-mails with questions to them.
All my life I have wanted to be a Pen Pal; but the opportunity never arose. Even though I have lived abroad and wrote countless letters to family and friends, there seemed to be something magical about writing to a perfect stranger. So when, in my retirement, I learned about In2Books, a volunteer program that places adults with children through the safety of a school system, who shared the love of reading books together, I was hooked! "My child" selects a book along with classmates, and we volunteers read that book. Afterwards, "my child" and I become PenPals as we write to each other about what we thought of "our book." This In2Books adventure has been going on over five years for me. And I can't express enough the love and joy reading with youngsters brings into my life. Their innocence and my life experiences bring lessons to each of us. It is amazing how close one can feel to a child unsceen. Won't you give it a try? You will be happy that you did. :0)
In2Books is a great non-profit that benefits not only the child, but the volunteer as well. I thoroughly enjoyed participating knowing that I was helping a child grow and develop. One of fht books we read was about Albert Einstein. My student asked me quite a few questions that I researched to provide answers for her. It was a positive and rewarding experience! I am looking forward to participating again this year!!!
I enjoyed volunteering with In2Books. I love reading and I wanted to help kids learn to love readin also. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the books. They were fun and educational. It was a fun, easy and quick way to volunteer.
I have been part In2Books for several years now, and enjoy it very much. I find it a win-win situation - I get the chance to be penpals with and learn from a child from another state, they get a chance to learn the books they are studying from a totally different perspective. We are usually in different states, so we have a shared opportunity to learn about another part of the country. And In2Books makes it easy to fit in anyone's schedule as well.
In2books is an activity that allowed me to feel useful to children, to education, and to society. There is a responsibility of educating, respecting a child, as well as an enrichment that comes with our interaction. As a volunteer activity, it is very convenient. I have a busy schedule, working 60-70 hours a week, and it was easy to get used to it... of course in the beginning I questioned if I was doing alright, but ordering a book (which I would usually read in half an hour) and writing to the child about it made me feel at ease after a couple of letters. There is a satisfaction over several months of interaction... and I learned something everytime, without taking much of my time, without being overwhelmed, at all. It was worth writing these 4 letters, maybe 5 if you want, over the course of 10 months, and I will stick with the program for another year...
Recently retired and a former elementary teacher who wanted to have more connections with young children to make a difference in their lives, I came upon In2Books as a volunteer opportunity. This organization gave me the chance to be flexible with my time and still mentor young children. I enjoyed reading the books my student and his class chose for each genre throughout the school year. His teacher kept me informed about her class' progress with reading books and writing letters back and forth by email through the site. Best of all, I was able to be in touch and communicate with a young student and still live in my winter home part of the year. I recommend this volunteer opportunity for anyone who enjoys children, reading, writing and has about an hour each month to work from your computer.
I was a penpal for In2books this past year, and it has been really fun to write with a kid (I think who lives in New York?). One of the best parts of the program was the email he wrote around Valentine's Day. There was a note at the bottom that said, "HAPPY VALENTINES DAY BEST PENPAL YOUR COOL." The one thing that was difficult about this program was that the letters never matched up--there was never a conversation between me and my penpal. I think part of the reason was that we only wrote one letter every few months. Maybe it would have been more helpful if there were letters in between books too?
My penpal and I exchanged letters about once a month. The books were easy to read, and I found all of them at my local library, so I didn't have to spend any money. I enjoyed my give and take with a 4th grade boy who lives across the country. I wish we could have exchanged photos, or that I could have purchased a book for him at the end of the program.
I have been with In2Books for 3 years. It is wonderful to engage a young reader and feel that I am somehow encouraging a lifelong love of reading.
I don't have children of my own and wanted to do something to help the coming generation. I enjoy writing letters and especially enjoy reading the colorful letters I get back from the student to whom I write. The books we read in tandem have also been interesting and, even though they are children's literature, I have learned from them. The demand on my time and energy is quite manageable amid my otherwise busy schedule. I try to encourage and motivate the students I correspond with and I find myself so glad I became a part of this project.
I love In2Books! I truly appreciate the opportunity to share my love of books and of learning with a child, in a time-manageable format. I have enjoyed reading new children's books and rediscovering old favorites. The cost to participate is minimal, but the payoff is huge!
I was looking for a way to volunteer and make a difference here in the United States. I needed something that would work in with my full time work schedule and be of interest to myself and the benefactors. In2Books was perfect. It was simple, easy to follow, fun to engage in and I even learned a thing or two. Such an easy way to make a difference.
I'm really into getting kids interested in books and I wanted to get involved in volunteering. In2Books has been the perfect place for me. I have been a penpal for over 2 years and have enjoyed reading and discussing books with kids.
As both a volunteer and someone heavily involved in the realm of Education, I was quite impressed with the In2Books program. I had great interaction with my pal Alexa and I know that the content was age-appropriate and enriching. All too often we overlook the problem of the literacy disconnect between socioeconomic classes and this program is doing a great job at combating the issue. I comment In2Books and the ePals Foundation for putting together such a seamless and wonderful program. I will surely volunteer again.
I have tried the In2Books for two years and have been completely dissatisfied with the schools. It appears that this program is not meaningful enough to make it a positive goal for the teachers as well as students to read and write letters. I feel that it should be required and not just a program that is a hit and a miss if there is enough time to do it. This should be included in their curriculum and be part of their grade. Anyways, I do not plan on putting any more time into this program since its not taken seriously!
I enjoy volunteering with In2Books because it gives me the opportunity to do what I enjoy - reading and writing -- while helping to make a difference in a young student's school year. I really love seeing the improvement in their level of writing and comprehension as we move through the reading units. In2Books makes it easy to get books, through their source, Amazon, or the library. I have to admit that my favorite part of the program is that my volunteer work happens in the convenience of my home, whenever I can fit in the time to complete the reading and writing that my student pen pal looks forward to. It's a great program. I highly recommend!
I am a former English teacher. I used to teach 2nd, 5th, and 6th grade. I had to retire early for my teaching career, so I was excited about working with a girl in the fourth grade. We read the same books and reviewed them. I know that we were both so excited to receive letters from each other. I feel as though I got to know my epal by relating real life experiences to the stories we read. While she was improving on her writing skills and her knowledge of reading, we were also forming a kind of friendship that wouldn't have happened without Epals. My epal had a wonderfully developed sense of humor that showed in her written letters. I have enjoyed it so much, that I am looking forward to meeting a new epal friend.
I considered it a privilege to be a tutor in the In2Books program. We hear all sorts of bad things about the school systems these days, and with good reason I believe. But this program has real value for the children and I found myself wishing that all schools could be a part of this or something similar. Not only does it give the children the chance to write something meaningful in a real life context, but it also provides them with opportunities to interact with responsible adults that can be good role models and examples for the children. The child that I was pen pals with always expressed enthusiam at the chance to write and receive letters back, and although the timing wasn't always ideal for me, I still spent a lot of time composing each letter to give the child the best experience possible.
Get involved with a child's educational development. Read a book with a child! This is what In2books is all about. Become a pen pal. This is such a fundamental thing one can do to enhance a child's learning experience. And it is fun too. You get to learn about them too and all their interests, hopes, and dreams. Children are so creative and always have something funny to say. I enjoy reading, so helping someone else read & learn is so satisfying. When they write that they can't wait for the next letter, well that means you are making an impact. That's what it's all about. Cheers!
In2Books is a great way to volunteer online. You get to share letters with students about books they are reading in class. I always looked forward to getting my letters. The online nature of this program allowed me to read and communicate on my own schedule, which was great. I look forward to volunteering again!
I was able to participate in the In2books program this past school year. It was a great experience. I was able to read and discuss book with my pen pal. We had great conversations and I really enjoyed my time with him. I would love to do it again this year. My only concern was the time line. It was constantly changing and sometimes the books would not show up on the timeline until two days before the assignment was due. Overall, the program was great.
I have been working as a volunteer with In2Books for two years. I love the experience and think it's a great way to volunteer without having to leave your own home! Literacy is such an important thing and this is a great way to support students who need us most. I'd recommend In2Books (and have!) to anyone. I am getting my Masters in Reading Education and have recruited other teachers from my classes to join.
I enjoy reading books with my students and seeing their varying understanding versus mine. They have so much enthusiasm and really enjoy the exchange. It is a nice contrast to adult book clubs I belong to. The kids focus on the positive and the adults focus on the negative.
In2Books is an online mentoring opportunity that matches adults as pen pals with students. They then work through a series of different books together, while exchanging letters discussing their questions and opinions on the subject matter, as well as developing a friendship. I have participated as an online pen pal with the In2Books program each of the past four school years, and I intend to continue for the foreseeable future. I've been matched with six students thus far. I feel that, implemented appropriately, this program has great potential to positively impact children with regard to reading and writing skills. My student pen pals have always seemed genuinely enthusiastic about exchanging letters. They aren't always very focused on the books we are to be sharing, but they enjoy communicating with someone who takes an interest in what matters to them. The level of responsiveness from the classroom varies. Some of the students' teachers are very involved and take initiative to let the volunteer pen pals know exactly when the class is at each stage of the process. However, this hasn't been common in my experience. I understand that classrooms are extremely busy, and it's not always possible to keep up with the exchange of letters. My critique of the In2Books program would be that it seems to be somewhat unrealistically scheduled. From what I've experienced with six different classes, it is simply not feasible for students to get through the five specified genres within the required timeframe. The most ambitious class I worked with made it through only three full sessions. Generally, things start out fairly well, but after a few months at the most, classrooms fall far behind the In2Books online deadline schedule. Most times, I've stopped receiving letters from my student pen pal before the school year is even half over. In some cases, they continue through the books without sending letters, but usually activity and communication with In2Books seems to cease entirely. I write my letters as soon as possible, and it takes quite a long time to receive a reply, if one ever comes. I would suggest that instead of having a set order of genres to proceed through, perhaps they could allow each classroom to tailor their individual curriculum to better fit their needs and time constraints. A lot of the students really struggle with reading and writing, so it seems like it could become burdensome for them to muddle through while following a particular schedule. Perhaps each class could select three genres each year that interested them. As it is now, most classrooms never reach the final cycles during the course of a school year. All in all, this program is definitely worthwhile, but it does require the volunteer to be patient and flexible. Just remember, you're making a difference, and don't let it get you down if you don't hear back from your student. The teachers that are quite involved have assured me that the students really appreciate the letters they receive.
For me, reading when I was growing up was like watching TV for today's youth. We had a TV, but I preferred to read as I could make the scenery MY scenery, the clothing MY designs, etc. Being a volunteer reading mentor I how I can try and show other young people how to have imagination and creativity. I work a full-time and a part-time job. So, volunteering for In2Books is conducive to my work schedule. I CAN do it all! :)
As a recently retired educator, I was looking for a way to continue working with children in a cooperative, supportive manner. I discovered In2Books during an online volunteer search, and have been with the program for two years. The online support enables anyone with an interest in literature to be successful while helping a child to explore the different genres of books. The letter writing process is easy to folllow and allows you to share your opinions and reactions to the assigned readings. It's always exciting to receive a letter from your student and to read their thoughts and questions. I can highly recommend this program as a way to support children and foster a lifelong love of reading!
i think this is a great program for both the student and the adult . it shows the adult leadership for the student as they are helping the students learn better creativity .
The opportunity to share a reading experience with a youngster in a secure enviroment is the reason that I have returned each year to participate in the In2Books program. The insights the youngsters bring to each new book are inspirational. They amaze me at times. I most appreciate that teachers are totally involved in the program, committed to ensuring that students get the assignment done, communicating with us, the volunteers, reviewing what we write to their student and what is sent to us. Those who participate seem excited to be part of In2Books. I know that I am.
I was able to step in as a volunteer/mentor with a student mid-school year when her original mentor needed to leave for personal reasons. I was very impressed that in2books would do this; and not leave a young person hanging w/o a mentor while the rest of her classmates continued in the program! Though my tenure has been short, I had the opportunity to connect and care about an adolescent - which wouldn't have happened without in2books. In addition, the focus was on reading, learning, critical thinking, personal opinions, and the ability to convey thought in a cohesive manner; all the while incorporating technology. Does it get any better?? Thank you for your consideration of in2books!
With In2Books, I was matched with a student. The student chose a book we would both read together. After we read the book, the student and I would write letters about it to each other. Since I was connected with the same student over the course of a school year, we read 5 books together. Over that time, we got to know each other a bit by sharing information about ourselves. A connection was made and the volunteering fit my busy schedule while promoting reading and writing skills.
I wanted to make a difference in a child's schooling and this program did just that! I work many hours and have a non-stop schedule, but with this reading program, you can fit it in anytime! I'm up extremely early and could fit in reading the books required for the class and respond when I wanted to. Early morning, daytime, late night, whenever. With the future being so dependent on computer based knowledge, I felt this program is helping those students who otherwise would not have access to a computer. It's teaching them about email and the fact that their penpal cares enough to communicate with them.G Great program!!!!
In2Books is such a wonderful program for children who don't have the opportunity to have someone read with them. It helps them think about what they read, which in turns makes them actually read the book and think about what they want to write about the story. This is important for the learning skills that are needed in their future! I am proud to be involved with In2Books!
I have been involved witn ePals as a teacher for over ten years. My students have been penpals with other students in classrooms around the world through ePals. The experience(s) afforded the students have been wonderful. The last four years I have been fortunate to work with In2Books. The In2Books adult mentor/literacy program is incredible. Through reading books of different genres and "discussing" the books with an adult mentor, students are exposed to literature and critical-thinking skills that are truly life-changing. In2Books is a well-conceived program of literary enrichment for students everywhere.
I have been blessed to be a member of In2Books for three years and their program offering enriching literature books to students with penpal mentors is phenomenal. I teach low-income students in an inner-city school...the students don't have much and have even fewer enrichment opportunities. In2Books has procured funding to supply brand new FREE books to my students! Five free books each year AND an adult mentor to interact with by email about each book is an invaluable asset to my students. They not only are stimulated by the literature, they are ennobled and encouraged by their adult mentors.
My pen pal and I had a very positiver inter-action and communication. Our exporation of her interests expanded into a diverse source of educational material. Her comments in response to my feedback helped to develop a learning experience, that was filled with learning and motivational strategies.
I love writing letters with my elementary school pen pals. We read the same books (which I get from the library - no cost and little hassle) and exchange letters outlining our experience of book, plus little bits about our daily lives (like loving soccer or playing in the snow). I have a great time reading the books, writing my letters, and - of course - reading the letters I receive from my pen pal.
I had the most wonderful experience with In2Books. I was quickly paired with a young girl named Hanna. We chatted about all kinds of different books and we chatted about our personal lives. I live in Georgia and she lived out west somewhere and we compared our weather a lot! We both really enjoyed our reading assignment, "Who was Albert Einstein?" I made sure that I asked a lot of open ended questions and not just yes or no questions. I do think that we need to work on communication with the teachers better. I had no idea when she got out of school and we did not get to say good bye.
I'm an Emergency Department Nurse and often on days off just want to fall back on a bit of quiet. If you have a job like mine, or if you are a bit of an introvert and want to volunteer "quietly", then In2Books is perfect. This is also the perfect job for a senior who can't get out much, or for someone who lives remotely or who is unable to volunteer in a more traditional way. As an In2Books volunteer I know I make a difference when I write to my pen pal, and I can volunteer when I have a break in my very crazy schedule. It is about books, of course, but it is giving a fellow reader a chance to formulate and share their ideas, and about giving a young person some personalized attention and support and encouragement. I have been an In2Books volunteer for 3 years now, and can't wait for year 4 to begin. I get much, much, much more from my pen pals than they get from me. Think you can't find time to volunteer? Wrong again---there is always time to virtual volunteer, and In2Books is one of the best examples. We all need to give back, because we are all given in some way. Sincerely, Susan Dungan
I have participated in In2books for three years now. Its user friendly, fun, and I believe it truly helps build literacy in the classroom. It's exciting to recieve your pen-pal at the begining of each year and share your thoughts and feelings on books throughout the year. On a personal level this program has ecouraged me to read books outside of my favorite genres and I hope its doing the same for the children. I highly reccomend this program!
In2Books is a wonderful nonprofit organization that matches up grade school students to adult mentors. The students and mentors read and share their thoughts and ideas about the book they have read, through the exchange of letters over the secured site. I as a mentor, really enjoyed getting to know my student and exchange letters with her.
I really enjoyed participating in In2Books. It was awesome being able to mentor a child in another state. I had a great time purchasing the books and interacting with the child I was given. The letters were awesome as well. I always looked forward to reading them and I hope she enjoyed reading mine as well. I would definitely participate in this program again. It's a great program, and it benefits the children who are involved on a level any child would enjoy.
It was a great opportunity getting to know the students in this program. There were two students that I worked with, and we read stories together and sent pen-pal letters to each other. I shared my experience and insight into the books, and it was rewarding reading the experiences of the students.
I stumbled across In2books and figured I would give it a try. I am constantly reading and encouraging my children to read. I am even in the process of completing my degree in English so that I can encourage more children to enjoy reading. I have now completed two years of volunteering for IN2Books and I have loved every minute of it, the joy I get when I receive a letter from my pen pal is overwhelming. I hope and wish more and more people would donate, volunteer, and support such a great program.
I found out about In2Books several years ago when reading a magazine about volunteer opportunities. I joined and have been so impressed with their program. They matched me up with a little boy and we read books together and then wrote letters back and forth. It was wonderful. We had a great time. I have done this since 2009 and have enjoyed every minute. The kids are great and the teachers are very helpful when you need them. The site is very user friendly and I have been able to get all the books through the library. All in all, this has been a fabulous experience and I plan to continue for years. It's really fun.
I loved being a mentor for a young child. Being able to make a difference in someone's life is indescribable. I am ready to participate again. The coordination between a child and a mentor is in need of improvement. In some cases while I read one book, the child appear to read another. I hope to see an improvement in the future.
I was partnered with a student and we read books at the same time. We then exchanged letters, via the organization's website, discussing the books. I saw a great improvement in my student's ability to think and write cohesively during the course of the school year. And, because the books are geared to young readers, participating didn't take much of my time. I even learned myself from the topics of the books!
I loved volunteering with In2Books. It was a really great experience. I looked forward to each email from my student and really enjoyed the books he chose. I would definitely recommend volunteering with them to my friends!
I was really excited about this project at first, believing that I could make a difference in a young student's life. However, it took months before I was "matched" with a student. I put the word matched in quotes, because I only became aware of the students letter in Feb 2012, but learned she had sent it in Dec 2011. I was never notified by the site in Dec that I had received a match. I reached out to the student again, and to her teacher and sent 3 emails between Feb and Mar 2012, none of which were ever returned, and, for all I know, ever received. I felt the entire program is disorganized, and worse, I felt I let the student down because of it. The program, in my experience, deserves 1 star, but I felt that would be a little too heartless, given its positive intentions.
I found the In2Books experience to be personally satisfying to me. I enjoyed corresponding with my student. I know that this program makes a difference in the the lives of these students and greatly benefits their studies. The teachers also appreciated the extra attention we were able to provide.
Volunteering for In2books is a wonderful opportunity for people to make a difference in the lives of children helping them to better understand what they are reading as they create written narratives about those aspects of the stories they relate to. It gives them the ability to interact one on one with another adult who can bring new perspectives into their reading experience and help bolster their confidence in innumerable ways. Perhaps one of the better features of the program is that communication is done via Internet so the volunteer is able to work together with the child long distance, each reading the story and responding within a specific timeframe that is flexible for both parties.
In2Books gave me an opportunity to make a new friend and share experiences while reading books together. This was my first year as a volunteer, but their website offered a variety of resources to help new volunteers correspond effectively with their student pen pal. The only problem that I had was that it took longer than expected for me to be paired up with a student. The teachers mentioned that the students looked forward to letters from their mentor pen pals, but I was just as excited each time I received one from my student! It reminded me of when I waited for letters from pen pals as a child - before electronic communication came along.
This was a most rewarding experience to help a student by being a pen pal. We got to know each other and review the books we read together. I would recommend this volunteer project as a unique experience.
This past year, as a volunteer with In2Books, I served as a"e-pal" or mentor to a 3rd grader in Illinois. I read the same books she was reading in her class and then we e-mailed each other, discussing the books. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and felt I was contributing to "Veronica's" understanding and enjoyment of each book. She certainly contributed to mine! We were able to build a relationship simply by e-mailing notes to each other throughout the school year. We started recommending other books to each other and she has shown me some new gems of children's literature. What I enjoyed most, however, was seeing Veronica develop critical thinking, as we discussed the chooses made by various characters in the books we read. She was very critical of the poorer choices, but eventually could understand why the character might have made that choice. We discussed similar choices relevant to her own life, and I hope when she is faced with serious choices, she is able to maintain her strong sense of justice while tempering it with empathy for others' points of view. I want to thank In2Books for allowing me to make a small impact on a child's life!!