Welcome to our Riviere Readers program page!
This awesome program was created in 2017 to help every one of our students create or fill a home library. Over the course of its inaugural year, we were able to allow every single student to select 6 books to keep. Students that were enrolled in summer programs and that attended summer camp got to choose even more to bring home. All totaled, we gave out about 4,000 books!
In the 2018-2019 school year, we have given a brand-new book for each child whose parent/ guardian attended Open House, as well as one round of giveaways in August, one in September (that allowed students to grab 2 books each!), one celebrating our first anniversary in October, a double in November for Thanksgiving, one in December, and one in January. We’ve so far given out more than 5,000 books already in this school year (through February 12), with many more on the way.
Why do we give our students books to keep?
We provide many opportunities for our students to read throughout the school day, including classroom library and school library check out policies. But, additionally, research shows that having a large home library and being immersed in books is a fantastic way to increase educational success for all learners. Beyond that, the staff at Riviere is happy to see our students happy about reading!
How does it work?
We collect donations of used or new books at any time of the year. A staff member will label the books with a academic school year and themed sticker as a reminder for years to come. The books are sorted into picture books, chapter books, and board books, as well as into different grade bands. About once a month, we spread out the books on hand and allow the students to “shop” (for free!) and select any one book he or she would like to add to his or her home library. It is as exciting for the adults on campus as for the children!
How can you help?
Since our goal is for our families to continuously build their home libraries, we do not solicit donations from them. We do not want our families to get these books and then turn around and deplete their new libraries! However, if you are in a position to trim your collection, we accept donations of used books (from toddler to middle grades) in the office at any time the school building is open. You can also email Mrs. Landry (firstname.lastname@example.org) to coordinate a pick up of your donated books. If you aren’t in a position to donate books, you can still help by getting the word out. Sharing an effort like this on social media or in person goes a long way towards its continued success.
We send heartfelt thanks to every individual and organization that has given even one book that we can put into the hands of a child!