Hi, my name is Caroline. I am currently a junior at Shaker High School. I decided to create The Book Shelf in order to provide less fortunate children with books of their own. I believe that every child should have their own book shelf, no matter what their financial situation is. Upon hearing that 10% of the children in the North Colonie School District are living under the poverty level, I was absolutely shocked. This means that over 500 children, or more than an entire grade level of students struggle to buy basic things such as food and clothing! After they buy the necessities, they often do not have enough money to buy other things, and books become a luxury.
I decided that I wanted to make a difference in the community, starting out small, with books. I believe that books are so important in a child's development. Daily reading helps to, not only increase the child's reading level, but also their vocabulary development, improve their concentration, and generally helps them to do better in school. With these skills, a child can go on to be more successful throughout their career. In addition to having great intellectual benefits, reading is also fun for kids! Books are such a small thing that can really impact a child's life.
That being said, my mission through the Book Shelf is for every child in the school district to have a book shelf of their own.
Your donation can help me reach my goal!