Good morning! It’s been one week since my bake sale for books went live, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
Since the whole thing has been a little bit figure-it-out-as-I-go, I think I may have left some people confused. I’ve now nailed down all the details and am confident that, with your help, we can make some reading dreams come true.
In an effort to help everyone better understand what I’m trying to do here, I conducted the following Q&A with myself. It was pretty fun. I am nice to talk to.
Q: What is this bake sale thing all about?
A: I’m so glad you asked! The idea came about when I was creating the first version of my bucket list, and considering what kinds of things I want to do in my lifetime. Since I love baking and helping out schools, I set a goal to one day raise $1000 in a school bake sale. I know it’s ambitious. That’s kind of the point.
Q: What school are you helping with this bake sale?
A: Because it’s in my neighborhood (and I believe every American taxpayer has a responsibility to support his/her neighborhood schools) and I worked there last year, I’ll be giving the money I raise from the bake sale to students from Morey Middle School.
Q: Wow! You’re going to give money to middle school kids? Are they going to spend it all on Hot Cheetos and Takis?
A: No, silly! I won’t be giving actual money directly to the kids. I’ll be working with Denver’s best bookstore, Tattered Cover, to purchase gift cards for books. The English teachers at Morey will choose a group of 6th and 7th grade kids who love reading and deserve to get some new books for the summer. I will take that group of kids to Tattered Cover, give them each a gift card, and let them choose for themselves which books they’ll buy.
Q: Oh cool! So it’s kind of like Reading Is Fundamental?
A: Yes! Except that my only experience with RIF involved taking an entire class to the school library, where each student was allowed to choose one book from a pile of donations. RIF is awesome and does incredibly good, important work. I want to do it a little bit differently, with what I hope will be a greater impact on a smaller group of kids.
Q: Okay, so I just have to buy a cake or something?
A: You could buy a cake. There’s currently one for sale in the store. You could also buy a dozen cupcakes, a pie, or a set of seven heart-shaped Rice Krispie treat pops.
Q: But all of those items are only available for delivery/pick-up in and around Denver. What if I live in Philly?
A: You can buy a dozen Boston Cream Pie cupcakes baked by my sister!
Q: Okay, but what if I live in Texas or California or Florida?
A: I would love to see bakers from all over the country add their items to the store for you to purchase. Keep checking back!
Q: I’m doing Paleo. Can I just make a donation?
Q: What if I want to bake something to be added to the store?
A: This is one of my favorite parts; if no one pays for it, you won’t have to bake it! No need to worry about spending hours in the kitchen only to see your cookies make $1.30 in dimes. Email me at jennyloydstockton (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll send you all the details.
Q: How long will the bake sale last?
A: Now through May 29th. But those tiramisu cupcakes won’t last long. Go get ‘em!