Over the course of the summer, there are a lot of children who want to get away from school and spend the rest of the vacation playing and doing other things. Because of this, backsliding of reading comprehension level is not surprising. The reason for this is either the children don’t have access to books or they are not motivated to do so. Sandy Chin knows the importance of reading, that’s why she sprung into action to help children at PS11 by conducting a book drive.
PS11, or also known as the William T. Harris School conducted a book drive to encourage its students to read this summer. Sandy was the one who brought this idea to life. She realized that a lot of students will get motivated if they are given books to read for free. That’s why she launched the effort known as “Books, Boxes, & Bodies” in order to gather free books from volunteers for two days. She and other volunteers for this effort hoped to get at least enough books for kindergarten students in PS11. To their surprise, the effort gathered more than three thousand books and was enough to make sure other grades would be given books as well.
However, the greatest challenge for Sandy Chin and the PS11 book drive team is sorting out the three thousand books they gathered to match the reading level of the students. This problem emerged due to the lack of guidelines for donators to follow when donating books. A kindergarten student will only enjoy reading things that he or she can comprehend. However, it is not avoidable for a student to pick something beyond his or her own reading level. That’s the reason why sorting out the books is an important step to make this book drive successful.
Sandy Chin and the rest of the volunteers successfully made a guideline in sorting the books. At the end of the day, she and the other volunteers are happy to see children smile with their books. Now that they know what they have to do for a book drive, the next book drives in PS11, and hopefully on other schools, will be a lot easier.
Sandy Chin is the Chief Investment Officer at Tidal Bore Capital. She is also the Portfolio Manager of the said company. Before these, she was the Portfolio Manager at Vissium Asset Management until 2014. Chin also served a Senior Analyst at S.A.C. Capital Management. Learn more about Chin on LinkedIn.