Courtney Bernardo, a teacher at B.B. Harris Elementary in Duluth, reached out about a really cool project she started: the book mobile.
Her letter is below, but in short: she collects books (they can be gently used or new) and gives them out to economically disadvantaged children in her community to take home and keep forever.
Cassie sent some of her favorite books from her childhood – “The Giver,” “Harry Potter,” “Number The Stars,” “True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Charlotte’s Web,” and “Where The Wild Things Are.”
If you can, pick out YOUR favorite childhood book (it’s fine if it’s the same as any of Cassie’s!) on Amazon and ship it to them! She’s looking for books for babies all the way to 11 or 12 year olds!
Here’s the address:
Courtney Bernardo (Book Mobile Drive)
B.B. Harris Elementary School
3123 Claiborne Drive
Duluth, GA 30096
And here’s Courtney’s letter:
I am a teacher at BB Harris Elementary, a small school in Duluth, Georgia. Our school is situated in a very diverse community in which some of our children are economically disadvantaged. In an effort to ensure that all of the children in our community have books of their own in their homes, three years ago I started a community outreach program called the BB Harris Book Mobile.
The Book Mobile began as laundry baskets full of books out of the back of my mini-van and has since evolved into a set of mobile book cases that we take throughout our community during the summer to give away free books to children. The philosophy of our book mobile is a bit different than others. Our objective is to build a culture of literacy in the homes of our children. We recognize that not all families can afford books and understand that in order for a culture of literacy to develop, one must have books of their own within their homes.
Checking out books from a library is a wonderful resource, but when something is your own, it becomes part of who you are. Therefore, our book mobile gives away books for children to keep forever. We obtain these books through donations from the community and local businesses. What began as a mission to ensure literacy extends beyond the walls of our school and permeates the home of every child in our community has also afforded the people of Duluth an opportunity to give back to their community through the donation of books.
In a world where so many things are bi-partisan and controversial, literacy- teaching children the love of reading- is not. It is a unifying force that everyone can get behind. I would love your support of our book mobile and the opportunity to collect more children’s books for our kids. Thank you for your consideration and time.
Here’s a video from one of their past drives!