Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Introducing Frankie's First

MISSION STATEMENT: Frankie’s First seeks to provide students living in high-poverty areas new or gently used books that are aligned with their reading levels. All students, despite their socio-economic background, deserve to have books available to read at home.
During my first week as a teacher (2002), I met Frankie Ann.  I soon discovered that Frankie Ann had an insatiable desire to learn to read proficiently, however she had not one single book available in her home.  The amount of text available in a child’s home is a significant indicator of that child’s success in school; therefore I immediately insured that all of my students had a book to keep at home.
After eight years of working exclusively for schools in low-income areas where I has come into contact with far too many students who share Frankie Ann’s story, I have created a foundation in Frankie’s honor, Frankie’s First, with the goal of providing books for students in high-poverty communities that they can keep in their homes.  These books are often their first books, much like Frankie’s first book back in 2002. 
The foundation is seeking donations of new or gently used books of all reading levels, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and will distribute the books throughout the greater-Atlanta low-income schools for students to have at home to read.
 If you are interested in making a book donation, involving your business in a book drive for Frankie’s First, or having LaLona as a guest speaker at an event, please contact management -  Peggy Johnson at 

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