BOOKS FOR CHANGE: Help me give schools books & author visits

For: Underfunded Schools
Fort Collins, CO
Organizer: Todd Mitchell
$2,385
of $5,500 goal.
Raised by 37 donors
43% Complete

The Story

Help me give 1000 books and 10 author visits to underfunded schools!
During my years as a teacher and writer, I’ve seen professional author visits make a powerful difference for students. Unfortunately, the schools who could benefit the most from such visits often have no budget to bring authors in. And the students who could benefit the most from getting a book often can’t buy one. I want to change this by giving students at ten schools an inspiring new novel, and an experience with the author that they’ll never forget.

WHO AM I?
I’m an award-winning writer and teacher who’s visited over 100 schools to promote literacy and creativity. In 2016, I gave away $6000 in books to schools. It might not have been the best business strategy, but it felt great and it made a big difference for hundreds of students. In 2017, I want to give away a whole lot more by raising enough through donations and matching grants to give away 1000 books. If I can do this, I’ll donate 10 author visits to underfunded schools who will get those books. Your support is vital to make this happen.

WHAT BOOK WILL BE GIVEN AWAY?
My newest novel for young readers, The Last Panther, is coming out with Random House in August 2017, just in time for the school year. It’s the story of Kiri and her father who capture the last known Florida panther, and embark on a journey to save it. Best-selling author T.A. Barron called The Last Panther “A boldly original, profoundly wise, deeply moving book. It’s a rare gift to any reader, as well as to our planet.”

The book connects to curriculum goals for 4-7th grades, and the focus on characters facing social, environmental, and economic challenges makes it an ideal book to discuss. Most importantly, the book contains a powerful message of hope—even the youngest of us can make a difference. I believe that when people take positive actions to help others, it builds confidence and character. Ultimately, that’s what I want the students who are given these books to be empowered to do.

WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT THIS?
Some of the students I’ve visited in underfunded schools don’t own a single book. By supporting BOOKS FOR CHANGE, you’re not only providing these students with books, you’re giving them the opportunity to meet an author and learn about how books are written. (Note: All of your support will go toward purchasing books that will be given to schools. I’ll donate school visits and will not make income on this endeavor.)

WHAT’S AN UNDERFUNDED SCHOOL?
Most Title 1 schools would qualify, as well as other elementary and middle schools that haven’t been able to afford to bring an author to their school in the past, or schools where a large part of the student population cannot afford to buy books. If you think your Colorado school might qualify and would like an author visit, email me at [email protected].

WHAT IF MY SCHOOL ISN’T UNDERFUNDED?
No worries. I still do visits professionally, and I still need to earn a living. If you’d like to bring me out to your school, please visit my website, www.ToddMitchellBooks.comand look under “For Teachers” for visit reviews, rates, and possibilities. Or send me an email at [email protected] to schedule a visit.

Please spread the word about this program to any teachers, students, and schools you know! And thank you for your support!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 22, 2017

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Posted on September 22, 2017

One more photo (I wish I could add more than one photo at a time, but YouCaring doesn't support that, so to see more photos of this visit, please check out my personal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/todd.mitchell.71).

Posted on September 22, 2017

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A few more photos from recent Books for Change visits:

Posted on September 22, 2017

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Posted on September 22, 2017

Dear Generous Supporters,

Books for Change visits have started!I want to share recent photos of a visit to an elementary school in Colorado where the students were extremely excited to get the books you helped to provide, and to do interactive sessions with me all day working on literacy, creativity, and writing to create a better future. (Unfortunately, You Caring only lets me share one photo at a time, so I'm going to post the photos in a few updates, and more on my Facebook page).

So far, I've visited a couple Colorado schools, and have spoken with over 700 elementary school students this fall. Your support has helped me provide these students, and students at other schools, with over 500 books so far!I have several more visits coming up to other underfunded schools in Colorado, but I wanted to share with you some photos of these early visits so you can see what you've made possible.

The response from students and teachers to this program has been extraordinarily positive, too. As one teacher said, "[Todd] was amazing, and the students loved it!" One student even said that she read the copy of The Last Panther(which you provided her with) 16 times. And when I quizzed her on it, she'd practically memorized the book. At that same school, almost all the students had already started reading the books you gave them by the time I did the author visit (they were using the books in all six 4th and 5th grade classrooms). This is an incredible amount of engagement!

All this was made possible by you and your support. Thank you for helping me give back to the community in this way, and make a lasting, positive impact on these students. 

I look forward to sharing more Books for Change author visit photos with you soon!

Best wishes,

Todd Mitchell

PS: If you know anyone who might still want to support this program, it's not too late. I have more visits planned than I currently have funding for (and even more schools on my waitlist who are interested in participating in this program) so please feel free to share this link with anyone you know who might be interested in supporting Books For Change, and giving kids at underfunded schools books and an experience with the author that they'll never forget: http://youcaring.com/Books4Change

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