Literary Activism

Friday Fund Days: Drop Some Dollars & Help Some Classrooms

Carolina Ciucci


Carolina Ciucci is a teacher, writer and reviewer based in the south of Argentina. She hoards books like they’re going out of style. In case of emergency, you can summon her by talking about Ireland, fictional witches, and the Brontë family. Twitter: @carolinabeci

With the world being a difficult place for those of any marginalized background, one of the things those of us who are looking to do something can do is donate to those in need. Thousands of teachers each year ask for a little help with seeking supplies for their classrooms via Donor’s Change; organizations that do work with at-risk communities like prison populations seek spare change to advocate for and bring literacy to those groups; and non-profits that provide necessary resources to empower women and people of color are always hoping for a few bucks to make their vital work possible.

Enter: Friday Fund Days.

Book Riot readers have helped fund hundreds of classrooms over the last few years, and we’ll help bring funds to hundreds more. Each Friday, we’ll highlight two classrooms or other literacy-focused, important projects in hopes you’ll help them reach their goals to bring literature, advocacy, and education to others.

Even if you can’t spend money, any social sharing you can offer to the projects each week absolutely helps: you never know who’ll find it and have the means by which to make the project’s fundraising goals reached. More, you’ll bring awareness to the unmet needs in communities around the world, as well as right in your own back yard.

When all else feels hard or hopeless, remember that you can and do make a difference.


Building a Foundation to Become a Great Reader! Orlando, FlORIDA

My Project

One of our Kindergarten classrooms is in need of a new listening center. The current listening center is broken and the scholars use this center everyday to help build their fluency in reading. It would be greatly appreciated if they could start using this center again with new working supplies.

A new listening center with audio books will help our kindergarten scholars build fluency in reading, as well as, listen and learn new words.

A listening center provides a model of fluent reading and helps the scholars focus on the sounds of words read without interruption. “Audio books also give scholars an important introduction to listening “— a skill that scholars must master in order to learn to read.

Diverse and Relevant Reads. Steelton, pa.

My Project

These books will be used in my English and reading enrichment class. Students will have the opportunity to read aloud, be read to, and delve into a few books that are important, relevant, and interesting to them. Short stories and old textbooks only go so far, so if we want to create a love of reading, we need to give them things they’ll love to read!

Students will have the chance to see their own experiences reflected in literature and to understand how others think and feel as well.

They will be able to relate these books to their lives, and Spanish copies will make them accessible to all of my kids.

Where you can donate a dollar, donate fifty dollars, or donate a share on social media, you make a difference!