80 Libraries For Roots PCS Students
Roots Public Charter School (PCS) was founded as a non-profit corporation in March 1999 by Bernida Thompson, Ed.D. Roots PCS’s first year of operation was in September 1999 and has a current enrollment of 80 students in grades Pre-K to 5th. The school is located in Washington DC.
84% of Roots PCS students qualify for free or reduced lunch (which means family income is less than $21,000 per year).
While Roots PCS uses stellar curriculum and programs, our discussions with school administration suggests students’ literacy and academic achievement would significantly increase if books were in their homes. Unfortunately, the administration estimates “most of the children do not have a single book in their homes. This includes parents or guardians not owning books, as well.”
The First Library team has worked with the school to identify specific books each child would find interesting. Additionally, we have specific reading events planned to support the students and their parents.
What we are doing
- Providing personalized home libraries to each student
- Reading time for children & parents
- Ongoing tracking of library impact
How can you help?
- $3.35 Provides 1 new book, selected specifically for each child
- $40 Allows us to donate a full library of 12 books, in bookshelf, with child’s name
- $0 To volunteer to drop off libraries and read to kids during lunchtime or after school