Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Read about our microgrant recipient, Abigail, an 11-year-old who plans to distribute new books at the end of the school year to students with minimal access to books during the summer.
1.What inspired to start this project?
I volunteer at the school my mom teaches at every morning during breakfast duty. I have got to know lots of the kids and I wanted to do something to help them out. My mom told me that the instructional facilitator at the school was looking for someone to help her with a service project to get books to give to students at the end of the school year. This will help them keep from losing reading skills during the summer.
2. Why is your work important to you?
I care about the students at this elementary and I wanted to help them be more successful at school. Both of my parents are teachers so I have always had lots of books and extra help with reading at home. I realize that most kids at this school do not have books to enjoy reading. I have also heard my parents talk about how much students lose during the summer when they don’t read.
3.How did the money from the microgrant help with your project?
My mom and I used the money to buy books for these students. We shopped at GoodWill, Library sales and also ordered books from Scholastic.com.
4. What message of giving back do you have for others?
I am excited to help give these books out to the students on the last day of school. I know that they will be very excited to get their very own books. I know that it will make me feel very good to know that I had a part in getting books for these students to read.