Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Book selections are designed to stimulate conversations regarding diversity, bullying, character education and respect for others. Embracing Our Differences provides a classroom copy of one of Patricia Polacco’s books for every class participating. For the past six years our community partners have helped provide books for each student, at Title I (low income) schools, grades Pre-K through 3rd, for the students to keep and begin building their home libraries. Last school year, we provided more than 6,300 books for our local students to bring home. These books were complementary to the books read in their classrooms and all centered on the themes of treating others with respect and kindness, standing up for victims of bullying, and including children who may seem different. This was extremely meaningful for these students, especially since many of them do not have any books in their homes.
MANATEE COUNTY TEACHERS CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE A VOLUNTEER READER. (COMING SOON)
SARASOTA COUNTY TEACHERS CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE A VOLUNTEER READER. (COMING SOON)
Every teacher must individually register for this opportunity no later than Friday, December 20, 2019 or until all available reading times are filled, whichever may come first. Participation is strictly limited and registration may be stopped prior to the aforesaid date. Additionally, due to the number of anticipated participants, we will NOT be able to change the times you will select below for the volunteer to arrive at your classroom.
For the past six years, Embracing Our Differences Reading Day has touched the lives of tens of thousands of elementary school students throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. The objective has been to show children that reading is fun and important by stimulating student-mentor conversations about diversity, bullying and respect. In 2019, with the help of 350 volunteers, this initiative reached 6,300 students from local elementary schools and provided more 6,500 books for students and classrooms. This massive outreach reflects a collaboration between EOD and the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a joint effort supported by The Patterson Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, United Way Suncoast and an anonymous family foundation. The program’s profound impact earned national honors when the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading recognized it as a “Best Event” at its All-America City Awards Ceremony in 2016.