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In2Books (ePals Foundation)

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Causes: Adult & Child Matching Programs, Children & Youth, Education, Literacy, Primary & Elementary Schools, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: To help all children become curious, independent learners and receive the support they need to realize their full academic and personal potential. Children who can not read proficiently by the end of the 3rd grade are are more likely to drop out of school and face diminished life prospects. Students in low income neighborhoods are at the greatest disadvantage in developing these skills. In2Books was founded in 1998 to help students during this critical period by providing innovative curricula, professional development, and engaging business and civic community members as adult mentors.

Target demographics: 3rd-6th grade Title I elementary school classrooms

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

swentek

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have participated in In2Books as both a teacher and as a volunteer pen pal. It means so much to my students to have an adult pen pal volunteerd to read books with them and then take the time for letters discussing the books. The fact that these students get the books for free and get to keep them just astounds them. I have seen my students reading skills and letter writing skills improve significantly. As a pen pal, I enjoy the opportunity to pass along my love of reading to my student pen pals. This program is amazing!