`Books from the Heart’ is a beloved tradition at Chickering School. It is an activity when kids choose books to honor special teachers, which become a part of the school library collection. Some kids, from our class, shared why they like ‘’Books from the Heart’’. Since this program is a PTO [Parent Teacher Organization] sponsored activity, we also asked parents, who volunteered for this activity, why they do it. We hope you love our report on this favorite, ‘’Books from the Heart’’ [BFTH] program.
We were curious to know why students in our class participated in ‘Books from the Heart’, so we chatted with several students in our class. Most of them liked giving back to their teachers because their teachers give so much to them. One student relayed, “Well, it’s doing something nice and when I do something nice it feels all warm inside. You feel really good because you did a good thing … I did it for our gym teacher, Mr. Fraser, because, I’m pretty sure he never gets a Book from the Heart. And it’s from the heart, so when you do something nice then it feels very good to be doing something nice.”
Mrs. Barnes was one of the three co-chairs of this annual event, she explained why she volunteered for this event,
“I love … seeing [my] son, and his friends and all of the other wonderful kids, warms my heart. I also love children’s books and love the idea that this event helps grow our amazing library!”
Another co-chair, Mrs. Glick, remarked,
“I love being a part of the ‘Books from the Heart’ event because the event helps to get hundreds of new books into the students hands within a couple of weeks. Mrs. Chase works hard selecting these books …. Reading is so cool because it can be informative and entertaining. Our well stocked library is one of the things that makes Chickering a great school and this event supports the whole community. It’s also really fun to be in the school watching everyone looking through the books and choosing just the right one to dedicate to a special person at the school. I love that the books get to the students who donated them in time for Read Your Heart Out Day *. It’s a great conclusion to the event and very rewarding to see the students excitement about the new books.”
Finally, Ms. Godfrey Schutte shared,
“I have volunteered for this event for the past several years for many reasons. Most importantly, the ‘Books from the Heart’ program involves students and their parents in stocking our library with a wonderful selection of books. I love to read and hope my children, …, grow to have a lifelong love of books too. Their older brother, …, is in middle school now and still talks about the library and Mrs. Chase. [He] reads braille because he is visually impaired and Mrs. Chase always made sure there was a selection of braille books at the school for him. And, now, [our daughter] can take out the braille books for him to read to her. Isn’t that cool? The library at Chickering and all that it has to offer helps make my children excited about books so I love being part of a program that helps Mrs. Chase keep the inventory fresh with lots of books for the students to choose. I also like having the opportunity to be in the school for a few days, with students and teachers walking through the lobby and chatting with them, as they select their books and think about whom they will dedicate it [to]. It’s fun to get to know some of the kids and teachers a bit and to be a part of the Chickering community!”
In every book chosen for a special person is a label with a heart. This shows who it was dedicated to, and who it was from. Once these books are placed into the library people can easily identify a ‘Book from the Heart’ book.
Everyone in Chickering School loves purchasing books for the one or two special teachers who have taught them. ‘Books from the Heart’ has been running for more than 16 years! PTO shows their appreciation for the school library by bringing this program back every year. Each kid in Chickering will be able to see their books, which they have dedicated to the teachers, for the school library, for many years to come. Clearly you can see ‘Books from the Heart’ is loved by everyone.
* Read Your Heart Out Day [RYHOD] is always the Friday before February vacation. Everyone in the whole school wears PJ’s and bring their favorite books and reads for almost the whole day. Reading is the highlight of RYHOD and this is a great opportunity to catch up on books.
Reported by Andrew, Andy, and Alia