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Notre Dame High School Kicks off Magazine Literacy Recycling Drive

Notre Dame High School sophomores Erin Maloney, Liz O’Donnell,  Caroline Bottega, and Allison Safranek have kicked-off a magazine recycling drive this week for literacy.

The team is bundling magazines for delivery to new readers via the MagazineLiteracy.org online literacy marketplace.

Recycled magazines hold enormous value for literacy programs, especially for children and families in homeless and domestic violence shelters, and mentoring and job training programs.  The team is helping MagazineLiteracy.org explore methods for collecting magazines that can be easily replicated by students at other schools.

Our first magazine recycling project was organized by a classroom of kindergarten children in San Francisco and efforts have been organized at all grades including on college campuses.

The Notre Dame team is a sustained effort that serves as a great model for others.  A particular focus area will be adopting and meeting the reading interests of homeless students at other schools.  This is an especially challenging undertaking as there are over 1 million homeless students in the U.S., but they are hidden – even within their own communities.  Our goal is to connect schools and communities to match students who want to share their favorite magazines with homeless students elsewhere so they can enjoy reading them as well.

  • Remsterville Learning Center

    School
    45 preschool students, 45 adult readers with high school education, and 20 teens
    Bridgeton, NJ, USA
    Needs: 100 magazines
    Magazines Requested: Any magazines geared towards parents, children, families, and education.

  • Crittenton Women’s Union

    501(c)(3) Charity
    Boston, MA
    Serving Mothers from age 19-40 and children from infant to 5 years old. Most of the children are between 1 and 2.5 years of age.
    Needs: New or recycled magazines for 58 mother and 52 children.
    Magazines Requested: Magazines appropriate for children and toddlers. Magazines about nature, fashion, beauty, exercise. African American specific and Latina specific magazines. Any general women’s interest magazines.

  • Casa Ramona Academy for Technology, Community, and Education

    School or Library
    San Bernardino, CA
    Need magazines for 22 males and 18 females between the ages of 11-16 years old
    Magazines Requested: Boys Life, Girls Life, National Geographic, Odyssey, Dig, Owl, Cobblestone, Ask en Español, Faces, Jack and Jill

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