Donate New or Like-New Books this Holiday Season

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Nichole_TeenLit

Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) is joining together with the San Jose Mercury News for the Gift of Reading Book Drive.

RAFT is a non-profit organization was founded in 1994 in California, USA. RAFT's main focus is to inspire, engage and educate children through the power of hands-on teaching. As Mary Simon, RAFT Founder & Executive Director states, "If kids don't learn the way we teach, then we have to teach them the way they learn."

Learning by doing. This simple yet powerful concept has been RAFT's objective since its inception. Hands-on education translates abstract and complex subjects by incorporating activities that help children learn by doing. This ignites their interest, nurtures their natural curiosity, and also helps maintain a lifelong love of learning.

RAFT's mission is to help educators transform a child's learning experience through hands-on education to one that inspires the joy and discovery of learning. We are doing this today with some 10,000 educators, who teach both inside and outside the classroom. RAFT's products (Activity Kits & Idea Sheets), services (professional development and mentoring) and low-cost teaching supplies enrich and improve the education of over 825,000 young people each year.

Librarians have consistently looked to RAFT for supplies and resources for many of our programs.

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