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Donate your Kindle this holiday season!

KCP Class 2012favicon Did you buy a new Kindle this past weekend?

Maybe it’s the new Kindle Fire HDX? Or perhaps the Paperwhite?

Whichever model you chose, you made a great decision. Whether it’s for you or for a loved one, buying a Kindle means that you care about reading.

But now you face a tough decision. What should you do with your old (and beloved) Kindle? Up until today, it was your go-to reading device. It was always there, waiting for you, ready to be read. And just like that, your old Kindle is being replaced by a new and snazzy one.

Your old Kindle feels lonesome. Abandoned. Unwanted.

Your old Kindle needs a new home.

This holiday season, make your Kindle happy again. Please donate your Kindle to one of my students in San Francisco, Oakland, and Hayward.

For the past three years, I’ve collected Kindles and loaned them to ninth graders to encourage them to read more. So far, the Kindle Classroom Project is working. Generous donors have contributed 87 used Kindles so far. I’m trying to get to 100 Kindles before the New Year.

The students absolutely love reading on their Kindles. And they read much more than those who read physical books. Even their reading test scores go up. It’s exciting.

If you don’t have a Kindle to donate, be on the lookout for friends who are upgrading. Or visit the Contribute page: there are 7 ways to help. Thank you! favicon

Update, December 2015: Two years have passed since this post. In that time, generous people from across the country have donated more than 525 Kindles.

Update, December 2016: Now the total is up to 1,376 Kindles after a booming year. Thank you to all the supporters!

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