Annual Report

FPO

Dear Book Trust Family,

I am truly inspired by this extraordinary Book Trust community. I had the great honor of joining Book Trust in July 2018, and each time I walk into one of our Book Trust classrooms I can feel my heart becoming bigger. I can’t thank each of you enough for being a part of the Book Trust mission. Whether you are a teacher, parent, education advocate, volunteer, business leader, or philanthropist, your contribution and investment in Book Trust makes all the difference.

Since our founding in 2001, Book Trust, in partnership with Scholastic Book Clubs, has invested more than $19 million into more than 7.6 million books for children to choose and own. Book Trust has served nearly 350,000 students cumulatively and student book purchases have accumulated more than 109 million Scholastic bonus points for Book Trust teachers to invest in their own classroom and school libraries. These numbers translate into schools and communities creating a culture of literacy that inspires students’ love and passion for reading.

This past year, Book Trust was the beneficiary of the 2018 Eagles for Impact Challenge, which garnered national television and media publicity throughout The PLAYERS Tournament. Thanks to the PGA Tour Professional Justin Rose and the support of the Kate and Justin Rose Foundation, Morgan Stanley partnered with Book Trust at the PGA PLAYERS Championship. Morgan Stanley committed a donation for each Eagle made during the tournament, equaling more than 96,000 books selected and owned by our students nationally. We continue to be grateful for corporations like Morgan Stanley who are leading the way in doing business and making a meaningful impact on their local and national communities.

The demand for our program continues to grow. We have developed a more sophisticated tool for principals and school district leaders to complete called “The Book Trust Fit Test,” which includes questions about literacy instruction alignment with the program and the school/district’s ability to bring a portion of the funding to our partnership. Currently, we have more than 200 qualified schools on our “waitlist,” representing 165,000 boys and girls who we could reach today if we had the resources to make it possible. These boys and girls are who we think of each day and where our focus is to direct our funding and expansion approach.

Thank you for bringing the joy and power of reading to our children who need it most and for being such an important member of our Book Trust community. As we continue to evolve and plan for the next five years and beyond, we are committed to quality education access, equity and agency. We are grateful for your partnership and we’re excited for the opportunity to work together ahead. On behalf of all of our Book Trust students from Hawaii to New York, we thank you.

In partnership,

Tiffany R. Kuehner

President & CEO
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