Well, folks, we're down to the last three days of the bake sale. I'm still $300 away from the goal of $1000, but dang. You've come through in a big way and I am so so thankful for your generosity! From offering to bake, to buying the baked goods, to straight up making donations, you're helping me do actual good in the lives of real kids and I can't say thank you completely enough.
“Regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level, or previous achievement, children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer.” - Kim, Jimmy. “Summer Reading and the Ethnic Achievement Gap,” The Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (2004).
Next week, I'll take a group of 6th grade kids to pick out four or more books of their own just before they head into summer vacation, and it's really your willingness to help that's making it happen. So thank you, once again.
Also! There are still a handful of items available for purchase. (And FYI, you could make a purchase and have the baker give the item to someone they see often, if that makes a difference. That happened last year, too.) There are cupcakes in Philly, Milky Way brownies in NY, chocolate chip banana bread in Atlanta, my mom's lemon bars in Centennial, blueberry cheesecake in Lakewood, among others. Yum. And of course, you can always simply make a donation. If you've got ten bucks, that's at least one book.
Three more days, ya'll. Let's do this.