On Tuesday, December 1 volunteers and donors around KC turned pages in celebration of Giving Tuesday, a global movement of generosity. Local businesses, families, community centers, schools, and charities came together to give back to our community. Turn the Page is on a mission to make KC a place where all kids have the educational opportunity they deserve. We were heartened by the enthusiasm volunteers and donors showed toward this goal on Tuesday.
The day started with breakfast at Ingels Elementary in the Hickman Mills School District. Over 20 volunteers showed up to read with 3rd grade students over bagels, juice, and fruit snacks. The kids were particularly drawn to Ed, pictured below. From the second he sat in that rocking chair, students rushed to find a place in front of him.
Around noon, a softball team from Maple Woods Community College, showed up at King Elementary in the Kansas City Public School District, to read with a first grade classroom. Turn the Page KC provided books that had been donated by many generous individuals and businesses.
Later in the afternoon, volunteers showed up at our offices to sort through other books so we could prepare to take them to local schools. All this month, we will be dropping books off all around the city.
Giving Tuesday exemplified all the ways the community can rally around 3rd grade reading. Donors provide the resources students need to succeed. Volunteers give students an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned. Community partners work together to provide holistic services to each student. There are many pieces to the 3rd grade reading puzzle. How could you fit in? Join our conversation on Twitter and hashtag #GivingTurnsPages to tell your friends and family how you are getting involved.