During summer break students are often faced with unstructured time and limited choices to keep their reading skills sharp. The students at PS11 or the William T. Harris School in New York often fall into that category as do many others.
In spite of the summer reading programs at public libraries, there are many families that do not have access to them. This may be due to location or parental time issues. Buying books may be out of the budget for some. Studies show, however, that when children have their own books, and choose those books themselves, they will be more likely to read. Summer reading is essential to allow students to maintain their hard won skills. It is discouraging to take a summer off and lose a grade level or more due to lack of use.
Sandy Chin, mother of two, had a big goal. Her son is a student at PS11. Chin and other volunteers, held a book drive. The plan was to have enough free, used books donated to give every kindergarten student at least one book to have and read over the summer. The drive was a huge success, bringing in over 3,000 books at all reading levels. Every student in the school was able to select summer reading books of their own.
PS11, on New York’s West side is a diverse school, with families of all income levels. It has an active parent base that raises enough funds to provide students with school supplies each year. The summer book drive, headed up by Sandy Chin is another way to support families.
Sandy Chin has over twenty years in the financial sector, as a successful hedge fund manager. She now runs her own hedge fund company, Tidal Bore Capital. Sandy holds a BA in political science from Barnard College, Columbia University. Her MBA is from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Her love of books and reading she gained from her childhood.