Thanks to our incredible partners, volunteer ambassadors, and donors, Storytime Crafts has donated 90,631 books to communities in need. Our Books with Bikes initiative collected and distributed 835 children’s bikes to children and families. We couldn’t have done it without the kindness of our community!
We are working hard to continue our mission of directing literacy resources throughout underserved communities, and amplifying the voices and stories of diverse children’s book authors.
November 21, 2022
At the start of the 2022 school year, the John B. DeValles Elementary School in New Bedford had no library for its 310 k-5 students. In Massachusetts, the school ranks amongst the most challenged and the teaching staff, school and district administration are working hard to help the school improve and grow. There is clearly a need to improve academic outcomes for all students at the school.
Early in the school year, a teacher coordinated an initial book drive with her family and friends which resulted in a few boxes of wonderful children's books which were distributed during open house night in September. The smiles on students’ faces were noteworthy. Inspired by the enthusiasm of families with books in hand that night, the school community continued to think about ways to continue to build upon the initial distribution and grow a love of reading for all.
With the books left over from the open house, the women in charge of building maintenance and the administration came up with an idea of installing shelving. For a few weeks, the shelves sat mostly empty. Then, through a chance meeting of friends, the assistant principal had a quick conversation about needing books and made a connection with Storytime Crafts. Quickly after hearing about the initial need, Storytime helped to fill the shelves. On a beautiful fall morning, Storytime Crafts delivered 1,500 books, 150 games, and a few other needed items.
The books and games have already become a part of the fabric of the school. The books are being used by teachers for instruction, providing an opportunity to choose something new or more relevant to students. Our students are helping to care for the library space and are finding titles they want to read both in school and at home. Our social emotional learning team is using games to build students’ ability to play together.
Storytime Crafts promotes literacy and kindness. At the John B. DeValles school, teachers and administrators hope to inspire the same. Each day we ask students to be Brilliant Scholars, Kind Leaders, and Careful Community Members. Having access to books in our school is an important step in giving our students the access they need and deserve.
Thank you for making our lending library possible. We look forward to our continued partnership.
Dr. Mario Pires, Principal
Michelle da Costa, Assistant Principal