This post first appeared on the BHS English Website
On December 15, BHS is hosting a Read-a-thon to raise funds for the Ferguson Public Library, which has become a safe haven in a time of crisis for the residents of Ferguson. In a recent edition of All Things Considered on NPR, the library’s director, Scott Bonner, points out how the library has been able to use the recent influx of funds to create and distribute “healing kits” – packages with children’s books and stuffed animals for the children of Ferguson – and how he hopes to raise enough money to add another permanent member to the library’s staff to help with the increase of traffic the library has seen over the past months.
The Ferguson Library is, in short, exactly what a library ought to be – a place where people can relax, find peace, and discover a great new book.
The sign on the circulation desk at the Ferguson Public Library
We love reading, and we love libraries, so we’d like to help out as well. Burlington High School is holding a Read-a-thon to support the public library in Ferguson. Students are collecting sponsors to support them in their pledge to read for a 45-minute period during a study hall, before school, or after school on Monday, December 15, 2014. All money will be collected on the day of the Read-a-thon, and all students are invited to participate. Please make checks out to BHS English Department.
To sponsor a student for 5 cents per minute adds up to a mere $2.25, and a dime a minute ends up being $4.50. Of course, any amount is appreciated.
Students, faculty and staff who are participating will use the BHS Library as their quiet reading space, and students are free to go to the library during their study hall. We will also provide treats for the readers, because the only thing that can possibly make reading any better is reading with treats. We will also have options available both before and after school for students who do not have a free period on the 15th.
If you wish to participate from outside of BHS, all you have to do is dedicate 45 minutes of your day to reading, and then if you wish to contribute your own pledge to help raise funds for the Ferguson Library, CLICK HERE (then click on the box in the upper-right corner) – any amount is appreciated.
You can also bring your donation into Burlington High on the 15th and leave it in the main office. If you wish to round up pledges from outside of BHS, Readathon – Student Form
Participants are encouraged to take a photograph of the book that they are reading, and post the picture on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag:#BurlingtonReads4FergusonLibrary
*Special thanks to Mrs. Crossman, who came up with this idea, and has been invaluable in its organization!*
NOTHING TO READ? CHECK OUT THE BHS SUGGESTED READING LIST
We hope you can join us on this worthy cause!