In our community, and in our schools, the availability of books that represent people and children of color as heroes and protagonists are extremely limited, or absent. A community group — Showing Up for Racial Justice — has asked the La Crosse Public Education Foundation to partner in an effort to purchase books that are culturally representative, and give those books away to community children in grades pre-kindergarten to 12.
The plan is to purchase books, from a book list that is being vetted through experts in the community, and have those books available for distribution at both the Mathy Center and Erickson Club of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater La Crosse at their Back-to-School events on August 24.
In addition, there will be a “Read Me” event on Sunday, August 27 at both North and South La Crosse locations for children and young adults who received books to come and read their book to community adults, or have a book read to them by community adults.
Some books will also be available to give away to children who were not able to attend the Boys & Girls Club event on August 24. Any remaining books not distributed directly to children will be given out to School District of La Crosse teachers through a “grant” application process for use in their classroom libraries.
Where Your Donation Goes:
Books will be purchased through any available vendor at the most reasonable price. Organizers hope to involve a local vendor – Pearl Street Books – that is partnering in the project.
- $30 buys 2 books
- $60 buys 4 books
- $90 buys 6 books
- $150 buys a 10-book set covering all grade levels
- If fundraising falls short of the goal, money will be used to fulfill as much of the project as feasible.
- If fundraising exceeds the goal, the project will be expanded or money will go to a similar purpose at the same school.