Teacher Starts Campaign To Send Books To Students

Teacher Starts Campaign To Send Free Books To Students Homes
Yasmeen Sheikah, Patch Staff
Photo Credit By Rachel Nunes/Patch

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, IL — An English teacher at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills wants to help her students fall in love with reading during the pandemic. As an attempt to do so, Kristine McManus started a Scholastic Book Campaign to send books to student's homes.

The teacher said she works diligently to inspire her students to fall in love with reading and is launching this campaign in the hopes of buying each of her students a book.

"During this pandemic, it is difficult for many students to access enjoyable reading material," McManus said. "Students may have a lot of time on their hands, given all of the social restrictions that go along with the pandemic."

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, about 27 percent of American adults do not read a book on a regular basis.

McManus said high school may be the last chance she has to "woo" students into the love of to reading.

Currently, McManus has raised $70.00 of her $550.00 goal. Her campaign is called "A Book for Each Student." Those interested in getting involved can donate money or buy a book off her wish list for the students.

Once she receives a donation or a book, McManus goes the extra mile to make the moment special for her students.

"I include a hand-written note letting students know something positive I've noticed about them in class. Normally, under non-pandemic conditions, I might say something discreetly to my students in person, but that isn't possible right now," McManus said. "My students love receiving a package in the mail, and several of them appreciate the time and attention I've given them. My students get to keep their book; it is a gift. And, I think that generosity and personal connection may make it more likely that they will read the book."

McManus said a couple of her students have said they've heard of the book they received and have been wanting to read it.

Any teacher can sign up and create a Scholastic Book Campaign and McManus believes it's a great opportunity for people to support teachers and their community during this difficult time.

"A lot of people who aren't in education want to support teachers and students during this unprecedented time, but they don't quite know what to do," McManus said. "Helping me put fun books in my students' hands makes people feel good. Every little bit helps."
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