Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ringgold Reads

After several months of planning, we are ready to start making announcement regarding Ringgold Reads.  You can see our official banner, designed by sweet Luke, above.  We've also created a Facebook page and a Twitter account and I hope to have a blog designed and ready to be live on Monday morning.  If you don't remember my previous posts, here's a brief summary of Ringgold Reads and where we're at/how you can help.

On April 27, 2011, several tornados hit the Chattanooga area, including my small town of Ringgold, GA.  Ringgold's two schools, Ringgold Middle School and Ringgold High School - both Title 1 schools, were both heavily damaged.  Check out my post here to see the pictures.  My Nestie Bestie, Crystal, and I had discussed a joint venture, but ended up decided to let her focus on Alabama (which led to All 4 Alabama) and let me focus on Ringgold.  After sending out a few emails, I learned that the author of Looking for Salvation At The Dairy Queen, Susan Gregg Gilmore, was also working on plans for a Ringgold outreach.  We met and decided that the best plan going forward would be to go slow and focus on the long-term rebuilding of the schools.  We've been meeting with a Ringgold-based book club, other authors, and Ringgold/Chattanooga residents, as well as school representatives to learn what is needed and how we can turn this into a long-term involvement.  We've got many more things coming up, but here is where we are right now:

We have a list of books that the school desperately needs.  Random House has partnered with us to provide many books, but we still need more help.  I'll post the list of books at the bottom of this post.  We need 70 copies of each book.  You can help by sending a new or very gently used book from the list to the address that will be posted with the list.  If you're able to help with a donation, please email me at ringgoldreads@gmail.com so I can add you to our Hall of Fame contributors and keep track of what is being donated.

The other thing you can do to help is to spread the word by following us on Twitter and "liking" us on Facebook.  Our Twitter account is: @RinggoldReads.  Our Facebook page is Ringgold Reads.  I'd also ask other bloggers to post something about this as well, especially book bloggers.  We have a great opportunity to work with schools in a rural, underfunded area, not just on rebuilding the library but on promoting literacy among the residents.  If you are able to blog about this, please pass the links on to me so I can repost them on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.  Anything you can do to spread the word will be so appreciated!  And keep checking back for more announcements - I hope to be announcing our website/blog on Monday!

Here's the list of what we need, as well as the address to send any donations to - please send books only not money at this time.  Also, don't forget to let me know you donated at ringgoldreads@gmail.com!

Book Donations May Be Mailed to:
MARK PIERCE, RHS ENGLISH DEPARTMENT HEAD
29 TIGER TRAIL
RINGGOLD, GA 30736

Below you will find the list of books needed by RHS and RMS. Please let us know on Facebook or through an email to ringgoldreads@gmail.com if you choose to send a book so we can keep a record of donations. We will need 70 copies (2 sets of 35) of each book!

RINGGOLD HIGH SCHOOL NEEDS:
Golding’s LORD OF THE FLIES
Hemmingway’s THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA
Rand’s ANTHEM
Harper’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (4 donated)
THE GREAT GATSBY
Kinsella's SHOELESS JOE
Sparks’ A WALK TO REMEMBER (3 donated)
Daphne du Maurier's REBECCA
Hamilton’s MYTHOLOGY
Williams’ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Williams” THE GLASS MENAGERIE
Hosseini’s THE KITE RUNNER
Collins’ THE HINGER GAMES

Welding With Children - Tim Gautreaux
Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw
Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
Paper Towns - John Green
The Great Wide Sea - M.H. Herlong
The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
Staying Fat for Sarah Burns – Chris Crutcher
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
Adventures of Ulysses – Bernard Evslin

RINGGOLD MIDDLE SCHOOL NEEDS:

7th Grade Math
Sir Cumference and the First Round Table (3 donated)
Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi

6th Grade Science
The Legend of Zooey - Candi Moonshower
Stranded - Ben Mikaelson
Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer (3 donated)
7th Grade Science
The Number Devil - Hans Magnus Enzenberger
Eva
Catching Fire (Hunger Games Trilogy) - Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy) - Suzanne Collins

7th Grade Social Studies
Other Side of Truth - Beverly Naidoo

8th Grade Social Studies
The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

Gifted Department
Gifted Hands - Ben Carson
The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle

7th and 8th Grade Math
Hot X: Algebra Exposed - Danica McKellar
Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail

6 comments:

  1. I am going to get this post ready on my blog AND I am adding things to my B&N cart as we speak...oops, I mean type. I hope they get all the support needed!

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  2. I have a few of those titles on my shelf already, but this will give me a good excuse to go shopping at Half-Price Books and the Borders sales this weekend to look for more! It's so awesome that you helped organize this! :) I'll post about it on my blog soon.

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  3. Thank you both so much! Please let me know when you blog and I'll link to you on our Facebook page!

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  4. Greetings Julie: My post about your campaign in up.
    Read it at Mystic Coffee. Just click on my name link.

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  5. Please have some of your educators sign up for "swap4schools" with Swap.com. I noticed that none of the Ringgold schools are registered. This is an excellent way to network with people across the country who may have gently used books your teachers need and are willing to ship directly to the schools.

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  6. Anonymous - Thanks for the idea - I'll have to bring it up at our next meeting. The teachers at RHS and RMS still do not have access to their buildings or classrooms, so much of their participation is limited. With so much unknown and the beginning of the school year, it's hard to ask our teachers to contribute time to the project right now. They'll be able to participate more in coming months when they are able to access the schools and their classrooms.

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