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Megabook Initiative donates 36 Kindles!

favicon I thought Karen-Alexandra Nogues was donating one Kindle when she completed the Donate Kindle form last week. It turns out that Ms. Nogues, founder and executive director of Megabook Initiative, intended on donating 36 Kindles!

Thank you very much for this wonderful and generous donation.

Megabook Initiative believes that today’s readers are tomorrow’s leaders. The program distributes devices to children in places where access to books is limited, including Ivory Coast and Togo. Ms. Nogues understands the importance of reading and found the Kindle Classroom Project through its partnership with Worldreader.

Here’s an interview with Ms. Nogues about Megabook Initiative. It’s a few years old, when Ms. Nogues was a senior in high school. Now she attends Harvard University and will graduate next year.

I’m impressed with Ms. Nogues, her commitment to young people, and her ability to explain clearly the importance of reading. We believe in many of the same things!

I look forward to getting these 36 Kindles ready for students in Oakland and San Francisco. Maybe they’ll go to ninth grade teacher Shannon, who maintains a robust physical classroom library and is ready for a Kindle pilot. favicon

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This is Kindle #700!

IMG_20160224_155304favicon The Kindle Classroom Project has reached 700 Kindles. Here is Kindle #700, donated by Dan (New York, NY). Thank you!

It seems like just yesterday that the program passed 600 Kindles! (And here’s the post from when the KCP hit 100 Kindles.)

The Kindles keep streaming in — 47 so far in February, 47 last month, making that 94 Kindles in the first 55 days of 2016.

The previous record for February was 14 Kindles, set last year.

I just checked my donation records, and 59 individuals have contributed the 94 Kindles so far this year. Some people donate multiple Kindles, and one sustaining donor took advantage of a recent $39.99 Amazon sale for new Kindle Fires — and purchased 27.

Kindles are arriving from everywhere — Virginia, California, Missouri, Washington, Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, Maine, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, New York, Arizona, Ohio, and a number of additional states.

Nearly all donations begin with generous people making a simple Google search about how they can donate their used Kindle. I continue to appreciate the trust that every donor gives me to take care of their Kindle and give it to a student.

What next? The obvious question is, When’s 1,000? It’s impossible to say, right? No one really knows. But my thinking is that it’s not entirely crazy to suggest that maybe the 1,000-Kindle barrier could be reached by the end of 2016.

Even if the current pace continues, there are many talented teachers in San Francisco and Oakland who are ready to become part of the KCP. In fact, I received three new applications today. The program is growing quickly, and as long as I have hours in the day, I’ll keep processing these Kindles and getting them out to students who are eager to read.

The KCP believes in choice and access. All young people should be able to read the books that speak to them, wherever and whenever they like. favicon

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3 months, 92 Kindles

favicon More Kindles have been donated in the last three months than in any other similar stretch in the history of the Kindle Classroom Project.

Since Nov. 1, 92 Kindles have arrived at the KCP. That’s one a day!

Please take a look at this chart:chart_1


It’s normal to have a holiday jump. Amazon usually comes out with a new Kindle model before Thanksgiving, which people buy for themselves or their loved ones. This means that generous people look for good homes for their used devices. Last year, 56 Kindles were donated between from November through January. But 92 is most the KCP has ever received by far.

Getting so many Kindles has been really fun, and I’m getting better at processing them quickly and getting them ready for students. Because the volume is so high, I hope to open another Kindle classroom in the next few weeks.

Again, I’d like to thank all the generous people who donate their Kindles, contribute money for books, and leave kind messages of support for the Kindle Classroom Project. Although the program is still small, it’s becoming something, and I’m hopeful to see it grow. favicon

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A Kindle and its donation journey, in 7 steps, to the Kindle Classroom Project

IMG_20141101_203803241favicon  “It’s amazing!” one friend told me the other day. “How do you get all these Kindles?”

The short answer is, The Kindles magically arrive on my stoop, shipped from generous donors across the country.

But it’s a little more than that. Here are the steps by which a used Kindle comes to the Kindle Classroom Project.

1. A person comes upon an extra Kindle.
Maybe they upgraded to a Kindle Voyage. Or maybe Santa brought them an iPad.

One donor from Houston recently sent me six Kindles — from the Kindle 2 model all the way to the Kindle Fire. Now that’s a serious reader and Kindle enthusiast!

And then there was a donor last January from Colorado, who sent me seven Kindles — all part of a research and development project (that led to a patent).

But usually, the person has one Kindle and a decision to make: What should I do with this?

2. The person finds the KCP and makes a generous choice.
Here’s an important part of the story. Most people, when finding themselves with an extra Kindle, may think to recycle the device, or else to give it to a family member, or maybe to a community organization, or to a library.

Not KCP donors. They’re thinking big and generously, and for the most part, they’re thinking the Internet.

I haven’t asked too many people how they’ve found the KCP, but usually, it’s in one of three ways: (a) via a Google search, (b) via word of mouth, (c) via another online post (like this one from my friend Iris, or this recent one on Edutopia from my colleague Bob).

After finding the KCP, the generous person may check out the Kindle Classroom Project page, and maybe the Contribute page.

And then comes the most important step.

3. That generous person fills out the Kindle submission form.
The potential donor navigates to Donate Your Kindle on Iserotope and sees the modest form in the middle of the page. Filling out the form takes a lot of trust.

After all, it’s not like Iserotope is a polished, professional website run by a corporate-funded non-profit organization. It’s just me, right? But I do think donors see and can feel the KCP spirit.

In a leap of faith, the potential donor — wherever he or she is (New York? Iowa? California? Kansas?) fills out this form.

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4. I get an email receipt of the form and write a quick note back.
This is the part that always seems like magic. Maybe it’ll be at home, or maybe at work, or maybe on my phone. Each time, the email is a wonderful surprise, no matter if it’s the first form submission I’ve gotten in a week or the second that day.

I quickly write a short but personal note back to the donor, letting him or her know my thanks and where to send the Kindle. Donors have told me that they appreciate that they receive a return email quickly and that it’s clearly written personally and just for them.

5. The generous donor ships the Kindle, and it arrives safely.
Let’s pause and consider what’s happening. A complete and total stranger has decided to donate a working e-reader — which retails anywhere from $69 to $199 — to students in the San Francisco Bay Area. That’s already generous.

What’s even more generous is that most people also contribute a Kindle case and Kindle charger, plus they ship everything (another expense) to my address. It’s a big deal.

Also, you can tell how much generous donors love their Kindles. They really know how to keep their Kindles safe! The packaging is always exquisite: bubble wrap, packaging tape, sturdy boxes. Like this:

Delivered Kindles

6. I thank the generous person and register the Kindle.
Now comes the fun part. The donor gets an immediate thank-you email message, and I write a thank-you card that includes my business card (thanks, Iris and Donovan).

KCP Business Card

The donation also gets announced on Twitter and Facebook and recorded on my KCP donations spreadsheet. This is also the time to change the total number of Kindles on Iserotope.

Charging and registering the Kindle doesn’t take too long. The serial number, donor, and Kindle name are copied on Amazon’s website as well as on my Kindle Inventory spreadsheet. Everything is ready to go!

7. The Kindle goes to an eager student.
The best step, of course, is the last one. It’s when the connection is made between the generous donor and an eager student.

The generous donor, by taking all the steps to contribute his or her Kindle, cares deeply about young people and their reading lives.

The eager student, by accepting the Kindle and agreeing to take care of it, is reclaiming his or her love of reading and embarking on a reading journey.

When I meet with students, I identify the donor by first name and the donor’s city of residence. Students are always surprised and grateful, no matter if the donor comes from San Francisco or Saskatoon.

In just seven steps, now a new student has a Kindle in his or her backpack and a library of books to read.

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Note: Most Kindles are donated this way. But not all. Over the past two years, more than 30 Kindles have come new to the KCP, thanks to generous donors. Right now, students in San Francisco and Hayward are reading on Kindles that generous donors bought on the KCP Amazon Wishlist. I thank those donors, too!

To donate your used Kindle, go to http://iserotope.com/donate-kindle
To purchase a new Kindle, go to http://j.mp/kcpwishlist
To donate to the Kindle Library, go to http://j.mp/kcpquickdonate

And please tell your friends! favicon