"Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them–a desire, a dream, a vision."
I have the tremendous pleasure of traveling the country and visiting with students, teachers, principals, district leaders, foundations, businesses, community leaders, individual supporters, academics…the list could go on and on…and people are always inspired by the work Book Trust does. Not only are they moved by our work, they are also motivated to find ways to champion Book Trust’s cause–eradicating poverty through literacy.
As we shift our focus to the beginning of a new school year, I’d like to share just some of the ways in which people have chosen to champion Book Trust. Book Trust would not be serving 53,000 students this year without the support of each and every one of our champions.
A champion is someone who…
– Talks about Book Trust with friends over cocktails or at a baseball game.
– Introduces Book Trust to local media so we can share our work in a new community.
– Solicits auction items for a fundraiser.
– Serves as a board member, generously giving their time, their talent, and their treasure.
– Gives $1 (or more!) at check out to Book Trust when they place their child’s Scholastic Book Club order.
– Organizes their classmates to do a read-a-thon to raise funds for Book Trust at a school less well off than theirs.
– Puts out a tip jar for Book Trusts at a tail gating party or at a local brewery.
– Creates an urban scavenger hunt or marathon with proceeds benefitting Book Trust.
– Shares our posts and re-tweets our messages, asking their friends to share with their friends too.
– Launches a Feed the Read Neighborhood Book Club.
– Participates in Feed the Read Book Arrival Celebrations at local schools.
– Implements the program month in and month out in her classroom, ensuring students get to benefit from Book Trust.
– Works with students to prepare them to share the impact of Book Trust at our events.
To all of the Book Trust champions who are moved to raise awareness about our cause and to raise funds to finance our mission, we are incredibly grateful.
There is one champion I’d like to call out in particular: Dr. J, an Assistant Principal at P.S. 112 in the Bronx. Book Trust launched in his school last year and he has become a tireless advocate for our work. I share with you his words of inspiration with the hope that he inspires you to find a way to become a Book Trust Champion as well.
You can learn more about ways to become a Book Trust Champion here.