Saturday, September 2, 2017

Donations and Volunteers Needed for HPKCAC's Jane Averill Community Reading Day on October 6

The HPKCAC is organizing the Jane Averill Community Reading Day on October 6th!  

We are asking for donations and volunteers from the community to make this event happen. 

This community reading event is named after Jane Averill, a beloved preschool teacher at Ray School, a fighter for public education and social justice, and a member of the HPKCAC. 

On October 6, 80-100 volunteers will read a favorite book of Jane Averill's, We All Sing with the Same Voice, to PreK or Kindergarten students for 15-20 minutes; after that, volunteers will be taken on a tour of the school.

We are envisioning this taking place at the beginning of the school day/pre-k session, but the exact time may be different for each school, and there are afternoon pre-k classes as well. In the coming weeks, we will confirm the start time with each school and liaisons will reach out to volunteers with the time that their school has said is the best time. (Most schools start between 8am-9am.) 

We would like to raise $2500 to make sure each child gets a copy of the book to take home. We hope that the experience of getting inside our neighborhood schools will encourage community members to find ways to support our neighborhood schools in the coming year.

There is an online link to volunteer:

We are so grateful to 57th Street Books for partnering with us! They will be collecting donations to cover the cost of the books. Donations can be accepted online or in the form of cash or check.

To donate online:

If you mail your check, please make it out to 57th Street Books.

You can send a check to:
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL  60637
Attn: Kevin/Manager

If you'd like to print out some flyers for the event to pass out to friends and neighbors, click here.

If you'd like to print out a donation form to pass out to someone who might make a donation, click here.

The Hyde Park Herald published an article about it which you can read here.

Thank you!

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