Boxes of Books for First-Time Teachers

By Benay Hicks
August 26, 2021

Kids poured into their classrooms this week — many of them for the first time in well over a year — and feelings of possibility, anxiety, excitement, nervousness could be felt by students, parents, and teachers. As we navigate the return of in-person school amidst so much uncertainty , we need to continue to support one another by getting creative, being patient, and working together. To help transition into the new school year, Book Harvest made sure to welcome all Durham Public School teachers starting their very first teaching job!

As part of Durham Public Schools’ New Teacher Orientation, Book Harvest offered first-time teachers at all 30 of the DPS elementary schools a box containing 50 new books to help build their classroom libraries. A letter from Amy Franks, our Learning Partnerships Manager, and Caitlyn Bergmann, our Book Bank Manager, accompanied each box with information about acquiring additional books throughout the year (more info here). The books provided by Book Harvest can be taken home by students to help build their personal home libraries.

A total of 26 boxes were packed by Book Harvest staff and volunteers, and provided to new, beginning DPS teachers during their first week. We look forward to continuing to fill those classroom bookshelves with books again and again!

Our thoughts are with everyone as school moves forward and we enter this next phase. Stay safe out there!

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