Collecting books and providing them for students in underserved areas has been a remarkable experience. The kids and other who donate are so supportive. The kids who receive the books, as well as their parents and teachers are most appreciative.
Arriving with boxes of books for a classroom library brings excitement to the teachers as well as the students. There is an instant connection when a teacher picks out a book and talks about his/her relationship to the story. I love the way books reveal themselves to the students. The smile a Cliffford book always brings, my delight in finding Misty of Chincoteque in the hands of a child who loves horses (as I did)-and the conversation that followed, the way the children hold the books against their bodies when they discover they will be able to take them home, share with family, and bring them back to exchange for others. It makes winners out of all involved.
Wonderful organization supported by dedicated administrators and Board. BWA really makes a difference in the community!
Book Worm Angels is a brilliantly simple idea -- if kids don't have books at home to read, let them borrow them from in-classroom lending libraries full of recreational reading books kids love to read. And that's what Book Worm Angels does -- provide in-classroom lending libraries of 10 books per student. I've been working with Book Worm Angels for 9 years now, visiting schools, visiting book donors, raising money, and every year it becomes clearer how important it is to get books in the hands of kids. Perhaps the greatest reinforcement I ever had was when I was waiting in a school office to make a presentation to the teachers, and a 6 or 7 year old boy was sitting next to me -- reading a book. The Principal walked in and asked the little boy, "Do you know who this is?" pointing to me. "He's the man who brings all the books to us for you to take home." The young man leaped up, dropped the book, and hugged me. There is no greater compensation than that. Book Worm Angels now has books in over 4500 classrooms throughout the city, so over 100,000 kids have books to take home to read with their parents.
Book Worm Angels is a magnificent organization, bringing thousands of books to inner-city school children, who would otherwise not have the access. The books are collected throughout area schools and neighborhoods and donated to classrooms, where children can bring books home from a lending library. The important part is that a reading environment is created in the home, so if books never make it back to the classroom, the students are not penalized.
BWA has changed the lives and outlook of thousands of students in the Chicagoland area. The gift of books and reading is priceless. BWA employs such a simple concept and plan - provide books to kids who need them - but the concept is so effective. I am so blessed to be part of an organization with such a wonderful mission.