Soon students and families will be getting ready for the new school year – shopping for new clothes and supplies, finishing up reading lists, and anticipating new schools and new subjects and new friends. The Summer months can be most challenging for reading and literacy when children are away from the classroom.
Selena Jaramillo, a student at UW – Madison, and a member if our national organizing staff, has been bundling wonderful magazines this Summer to share with literacy programs via our online magazine literacy marketplace. She is holding a box topped off with CookingLight, which is perfect for the many programs supported by food banks that provide nutrition education and train homeless people for careers as chefs. CookingLight is a long-time champion of our literacy program where we had the opportunity to place our first PSA display ads.
In fact, we receive many inquiries from readers who want to donate entire collections of their cherished culinary and other magazines – they understand the importance of recycling magazines, but tell us they can’t bear to leave them by the curb – they would much rather find new readers for them. Our mission is to create a global marketplace where that generous spirit can be tapped to create a sharing economy around magazines for people in literacy programs learning to read and to build job and life skills.
Colleges and other schools are high impact locations for organizing magazine recycling projects for literacy because the variety of titles available is diverse (the the right of Selena is a box with Mechanical Engineering magazine in it) and vast, and because it’s an opportunity to make connections between communities of like-minded peers. So, for example, the students in one location can share their favorite magazines with students in another who may not have ready access to them. As told in stories in our blog, students on many campuses and schools have organized magazine literacy initiatives, including at Yale, Cornell, Arizona State, Rowan, and the University of Wisconsin. A team is underway at Notre Dame High School in New Jersey, and our very first Magazine Harvest was organized by a classroom of kindergarten children in San Francisco, who collected and delivered magazines to children at a nearby shelter. In Canada, the Duffy children are organizing a magazine collection at home and at school for hundreds of Inuit children and families in remote regions of the globe, north of the Arctic Circle. Stay tuned for more details about that.
Join Selena by organizing magazine literacy projects at your school. Help us to change the world – one magazine, one child, one family, one home at a time. Help us share wonderful magazines and to put magazines into the hands and homes and hearts of people who want to learn and love to read.