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    Denny International Middle School Home Library Project Achieves Goal of Giving Away Books for Summer Reading!
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    Denny library It took a year-long effort from our librarian, Mr. Jeff Treistman, and some very dedicated volunteers to pull off an incredible feat last week—giving each Denny sixth grader free books of their choice for summer reading! The goal was simple, yet very ambitious: Let’s give each sixth-grader books for a home library that they are excited about to keep them reading over the summer!

    Students get books for the summerMr. Treistman welcomes scholars and families to an evening event launching our Book Bazaar to support the Home Library Project.

    Mr. Treistman formed two major partnerships, with The Scholastic Book Fair and the Comics Dungeon, to get all of the books we needed. Thank you to Ms. Kelly Wallis from Scholastic and Mr. Scott Tomlin from Comics Dungeon for all of their incredible partnership and support! We received great news of a huge donation of books from Page Ahead, thanks to Mr. Nick Nogrady, Program Director. We also partnered with Seattle Arts & Lectures and received a huge amount of support from Ms. Alicia Craven, WITS program director and board member Ms. Patricia Kiyono. To raise the needing funding, we had a multipronged effort with the bulk of the money coming from three grants. The first one was from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) who awarded Mr. Treistman one of their Inspiration grants (he will be a featured guest at the AASL awards ceremony in New Orleans on June 23). We also received one of the Albertson/Safeway education grants and a grant from the Norcliffe Foundation. In addition, we raised money from an online Facebook fundraiser and from DonorsChoose. Sales from the Scholastic Book Fair also generated Scholastic bucks, which were used to buy more books.

    student holding up a bookOf course, any successful project takes a team. We are very thankful of our incredible parent volunteers who provided constant support from the beginning and throughout the program, Ms. Gail McKelvey, Ms. Mary Weiner, Ms. Cassandra O’Neal and former Assistant Principal, Ms. Amber Fields.

    The end result was incredible! Each sixth-grade scholar came to pick out six to thirteen new books and comics to keep and also received a free copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends!

    students search for booksMr. Treistman summed it all up this way, “The Denny Book Bazaar far exceeded my hopes for the Home Library Project. Seeing dozens of smiling faces as they thanked me for the books that they were literally dragging around in their royal blue Home Library book bags was nothing short of pure joy. This project will continue into the coming school as we already have a solid foundation to build on.”

    Thanks to this remarkable project, this summer will be filled with fun summer reading for all of these Denny scholars! Thank you, Mr. Treistman and all who helped!

    Go Dolphins!