PS11 is a public elementary school that is based in New York City on the West Side and Sandy Chin has noticed a major problem in the school. As we all know, there are a lot of expenses when it comes to school and education – there’s the tuition fee, books, school supplies and allowance. And for PS11 Public Elementary School, Sandy Chin has noticed that there is a lack of book supplies for kids to read during the summer season, and purchasing of books were serving as a financial problem for there poor families. PS11 is also known as the William T. Harris School provides two low incoming projects that feed in the school – and Sandy Chin formulated a solution to solve the problem.
It is a common event that children experience a summer slide regarding their reading skills – and it is because of a number of reasons. Firstly, children tend to gravitate towards “more fun” physical activities over reading and secondly, some children cannot afford books to read over the summer. Because of the reading inactivity during the summer, children tend to get a regression for an entire reading grade over those three months of summer. Although, for Chin’s son who also studies in PS11 in New York, he does not experience this reading backslide because of his access to books and his initiative and his frequent visits to the local libraries that are available in the neighborhood.
However, even with the availability of local libraries – children and their parents are still sometimes not able to allot time to go to the libraries, and it’s still different to have your own book of your own which you can read whenever you want and you can bring around everywhere that you go.
This is why Sandy Chin and other concerned individuals have focused their efforts to hold a summer book drive at PS11. The group led by Sandy Chin decided to collect books that could be given to the students of PS11 and children of the community for free. In this way, every children can have a book of their own that they can read over the 3 month summer break.