The past four years, more than 450 generous people from across the country have donated Kindles to promote the joy of reading among urban high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thank you!
The Kindles keep coming (34 so far this month), and the program continues to expand (3 new classrooms so far this month). The growth is uplifting and heartwarming!
By the end of January, the KCP will serve 650 students and 14 teachers in 5 schools. Students get 24-hour-a-day access to a Kindle and 640+ books (and counting).
Update 12/2016: The KCP now serves more than 900 students and 29 teachers. There have been 1,376 Kindles donated in all!
All of the books in the KCP Library come from student requests. This means these are books that students want to read. Here are some examples of recent requests:
- All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
- Wild Crush, by Simone Elkeles
- Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
- The Food Lab, by J. Kenji López-Alt
- The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson
- Patternmaster, by Octavia E. Butler
When they get choice, students choose well. That’s why I tell students that I will honor their book requests. By doing so, I’m telling them that their interests are important, their reading lives are important — their hearts and minds are important.
I would like to encourage you to promote reading by making a monthly donation to the Kindle Classroom Project. Your contribution will directly fund students’ book requests.
Each book you fund goes on the student’s Kindle as well as in the KCP Library. Up to six students can read a book at the same time. Kindle ebooks never get lost or worn. Your investment will last for many years to come.
If you’re interested in becoming a monthly donor, choose one of the following levels:
- Book Lover: $5 a month (a book every two months) ($60 a year)
- Bibliophile: $10 a month (a book a month) ($120 a year)
- Bibliomaniac: $20 a month (two books a month) ($240 a year)
- Bookworm: $40 a month (four books a month) ($480 a year)
Choose your level below and then click “Donate Now,” which will take you to PayPal to complete your donation. Afterward, I’ll send you an email to thank you! Remember that you may stop your monthly donations at any time.
I can’t wait to see how many of you take the plunge and make a monthly contribution. KCP students and teachers will be very grateful, as will I! If you have any questions, please let me know — whether by leaving a comment or by sending an email. Thank you.
Update: You can also make a recurring donation through Amazon Allowance. The benefit is that 100% of your donation goes to the KCP! The Amazon account to donate to is kindleclassroomproject AT gmail DOT com.