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!
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