You can find magic wherever you look…. Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss
Our PIC team was given the opportunity to learn about the importance of younger students reading, new books in the classroom, and preserving the books donated for future years to come.
Communication: our team communicated each week on the progress of our event, assignments pertaining to our project, and with each other on a weekly basis
Team Work: as a team, we worked very well together. We each contributed to assignments, projects, and discussions
Organization: our team had great organization throughout the term, using multiple applications for the whole team to contribute whenever
Volunteer Time: we chose to step up a book fair at Barnes and Noble, with multiple stations from storytime, Spot the dog, and legos.
Our PIC team worked hard throughout the term on coordinating a Barnes and Noble book fair for the North Gresham Elementary, and a book drive online. As a team we worked on communicating a goal to gather books for North Gresham Elementary. We set up a meeting with the library events coordinator at the Clackamas Town Center’s Barnes and Noble on Saturday August 6th, 2016 at 3:00 PM and from there we were able to get the proper information and help creating events to draw people into the store to buy books.We chose to include events surrounding the Spot the Dog books since we had the chance to borrow the costume to use during story time along with coloring and activity sheets and Lego time.
This event also came with an online code that can be used for 5 days after the book fair that way any long distance families could make purchases all while supporting the school as well. The code is in the book fair poster shown above. The event is based off of the school bringing in families in the community and school and their purchases create a percentage of which is donated straight to the school in the form of a check or gift card. Therefore, we chose to do a gift card since we receive an additional 5% on top of the purchases. Since the total purchases were under $2,000.00 then we were able to receive 15% of all purchases. We were able to raise nearly $75 in only 2.5 hours during the event. This event was a little difficult to get the word out for a good turn out since it is during the summer, but I do believe if this event was set up during the school year they may be able to get a higher profit.
Through many weeks, as a team we accomplished setting up a donors choose account for the public to donate money for books on top of the book fair at Barnes and Noble. Our goal of $887 for the Donors Choose site including books such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach and Matilda. These books will be automatically sent to Elizabeth McCarthy’s 4th grade class for their own personal classroom library. So far we have $802 left to raise. This account will continue to receive funds throughout the end of the year and hopefully it will be fully funded. Here is the link:
These events have helped us build authentic relationships with the school and the teacher as well as local businesses of which can help with events to raise funds and books for the classrooms at North Gresham Elementary School. We have also built relationships between all of us within the team to help us work together and build communication skills. We were able to also work the other teams within the class and we combined our goals and information about the book fair and was able to include it on another team’s website that they created to help spread the word about our goal of raising money for books for the classroom. Here is the link: