PILSEN READS !

 

Pilsen Reads! is our book giveaway program. Its mission is to promote literacy through access to books. Our goal is to give high-quality, high-interest books to each student in Pilsen. We allow teachers to hand-pick the books they’d like for their classroom! Here’s how it works:

(1) Submit a wish list of the titles you want for your classroom

(2) We raise money for the books through sales at our shop

(3) We purchase brand new books to use in your classroom or to give to students to take home

 
BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 1,771
 
TOTAL COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $6,799
 
STUDENTS REACHED: 1894+
 
NUMBER OF CLASSROOMS REACHED: 28

Any teacher can apply, but we will prioritize Pilsen teachers. Below you can learn more about the classrooms that have been supported directly by book purchases and generous donations.

 

PILSEN COMMUNITY ACADEMY

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 45

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $187

       STUDENTS REACHED: 60

 

 

EMILIANO ZAPATA ACADEMY

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 33

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $293

       STUDENTS REACHED: 750

 

 

MARIA SAUCEDO SCHOLASTIC ACADEMY

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 29

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $213

       STUDENTS REACHED: 26

 

 

GARY ELEMENTARY

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 27

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $195

       STUDENTS REACHED: 35

 

 

CAREER DAY @ LOOMIS ELEMENTARY

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 15

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $140

       STUDENTS REACHED: 75

 

 

MCCORMICK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 29

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $182

       STUDENTS REACHED: 13

 

 

UNION LEAGUE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 30

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $200

       STUDENTS REACHED: 50

 

 

MCCORMICK SCHOOL

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 34

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $200

       STUDENTS REACHED: 22

 

"Thank you so much for the wonderful collection of books we received. My students were excited to see our new books. You definitely made our day. Thank you for allowing me to have the opportunity to give input and choose the books"

 

WEST PARK ACADEMY

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 27

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $193

       STUDENTS REACHED: 20

 

 

JUNGMAN ELEMENTARY

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 31

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $261

       STUDENTS REACHED: 20

 

 

ZAPATA ACADEMY

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 25

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $195

       STUDENTS REACHED: 24

 

 

NATIONAL TEACHERS ACADEMY

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 25

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $194

       STUDENTS REACHED: 28

 

 

EL VALOR

We donated a selection of new books to El Valor's block party and resource fair. El Valor is a nonprofit located here in Pilsen. 

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 38

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $161

 

RUDY LOZANO LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 15

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $216

       STUDENTS REACHED: 40

 

 

CHILD'S VOICE

These books were for an early intervention speech therapist that works for nonprofit. We donated board books that she could give to her Spanish speaking families to take home.

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 32

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $238

       STUDENTS REACHED: 5 families

 

 

 

"Pilsen Community Books generously donated this beautiful package full of books for kids who speak Spanish on my caseload! I can't thank them enough for their kindness and also for being one of my favorite places in Pilsen."

 

PILSEN COMMUNITY ACADEMY

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 29

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $302

       STUDENTS REACHED: 22

 

 

HORIZON SCIENCE ACADEMY, MCKINLEY PARK

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 30

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $240

       STUDENTS REACHED: 28

 

 

PILSEN COMMUNITY ACADEMY

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 22

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $180

       STUDENTS REACHED: 18

 

 

CICS LONGWOOD

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 240

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $720

       STUDENTS REACHED: 150

 

 

"The kids are sooo excited (we started off with only a few baskets of books) and they promised to help me build the library over the next couple of weeks. This is a huge deal for us, we really do not have words!!"

 

ADA S. MCKINLEY ERSULA HOWARD PRESCHOOL

  

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 150

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $300

       STUDENTS REACHED: 80

 

 "The book donation was really exciting for our kids. Now, instead of having the same stories living on our shelf for long periods of time, we can rotate them regularly to fit our current study."

-Ms. M

 

CARROLL ROSENWALD SCHOOL

 

     BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: 400

     COST OF BOOKS GIVEN AWAY: $750

       STUDENTS REACHED: 140

 

 

"Thank you for your generous donation, it helped make our Literacy Night an event to remember!"

Ms. T