“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” By Vera Nazarian

40 book project

I recently met an amazing educator, Dave Hartzell! He is a third grade teacher and also the founder of The 40 Book Project. The projects mission is to help build a love for reading in all children by providing high-interest home libraries of at least 40 books to as many students as possible. Children who grow up with books in their homes have an immediate and long-lasting advantage in education over those who do not.

Dave understands that empowering students with great books can change their lives and inspire them. He recently lent me a book, A Long Walk to Water and warned me I would not put it down and he was right. I read it in a few hours and was inspired, it is a MUST read if you have not read it.

Dave and the book he lent inspired me and for this holiday season and I want to help out through the best way I could think of – social media! We (yes blog, Twitter and Facebook followers, you) can be the change and make a difference in a child’s life and education. My goal is 800 books – to help out 20 students! If you donate, please fill out this form so I can keep track of how many books we have collected! I will update this daily!


How can you help?

– Collect any new or gently used books
–  Collect games, puzzles, or art supplies
– Donate: Checks written out to Dave Hartzell with The 40 Book Project in memo. Dave can then either send the receipt or share a picture of all the books with what you donated! Checks can be mailed to Shamrock address below.

Supplies can be dropped off or sent to Dave’s school:

Attention Dave Hartzell/The 40 Book Project
Shamrock Garden Elementary
3301 Country Club Drive
Charlotte, NC 28205

Need a service learning project for your classroom, let this be your cause! Why not get your whole school or department involved!  Please help out Dave’s dream by spreading the word about The 40 Book Project! Also make sure to follow them on Twitter and on Facebook!

Read more about The 40 Book Project:

Teacher Creates Home Libraries for Kids

Charlotte book project aims to teach kids love of reading


Comments on: "Making a Difference: The 40 Book Project" (1)

  1. Carol Jackson said:

    My class is on this!! Excited!!

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