McNulty teachers buy books for students with donations

Nov. 6, 2018

Third-grader Rose Greer flipped through pages of a shiny new copy of a Jigsaw Jones chapter book.

“Every kid is going to get a book every month,” the youngster exclaimed, nearly jumping out of her seat.

Rose Greer smiles and holds books from teachers at McNulty.

Three teachers at McNulty Academy were inspired by a Facebook post to help bring new reading material into the classroom every month.

Scholastic, a company that regularly hosts book fairs at schools across the country, sells a special book for just $1 every month. The Facebook post suggested that if a teacher could raise $10 per student, each student would end the year with a small shelf of books they could keep.

“I copied and pasted it on Facebook, looking for 23 sponsors,” remembered Ms. Rachael Morley, a third-grade teacher at McNulty. “I was blown away by the generosity of those who donated. Friends and family donated, but also people I haven’t spoken to or seen in years who thought the idea was a great one. I was able to raise almost $600 to be used towards books for my students.”

Ms. Cecilia Karutis and Ms. Rebecca Oaks are the other teachers who raised money to buy books for their students.

Each student will receive a book each month, a book for the winter holidays, and for summer break at the end of the year. The rest of the donations will fund a classroom book bin filled with books featuring character education, mindfulness and social-emotional health. 

So far, the students have received  “Flat Stanley,” “Stink: Hamlet and Cheese,” and “A Jigsaw Jones Mystery: The Case of the Mummy Mystery.”

The covers of the three books students received are shown.

“The students in my class hand wrote thank you notes to all my donors, along with a picture of the students with their first books,” Ms. Morley said.

For more photos, visit the district’s Facebook page.