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Help us celebrate Children's Book Week (May 1-5) by considering a donation to help us buy books for our students.

"And this made me realize that as much as kids need books to be mirrors,… they alsoneed books to be windows. Kids who always see themselves in books need to look at things from other viewpoints. How can we possibly expect children to get along with others in this world, to empathize and share, when they never see outside of themselves?"

-Grace Lin, ICS, May 4, 2017

For Children's Book Week, ICS students, faculty and community members were treated to two events that showcase ICS's unique mission of "children learning to work collaboratively from their multiple experiences and backgrounds, striving towards high standards of academic achievement."

On Monday, author Christopher Myers worked with our 4th graders and he then opened the afternoon community conversation called "In/Visibility: Representation and Belonging in Children's Literature" with panelists Tina Cane, Len Cabral, Gerri August and Mary-Kim Arnold.On Thursday, author Grace Lin worked with all grades and she then gave a community talk called "Windows, Mirrors and an Extra Adjective."Both days gave our all of us-students, teachers, parents, and community members-the opportunity to reflect on the importance of children having diverse books to read.

For ICS, acquiring such booksin 3 languagesis costly.

You can donate to one of our book funds-funds that have been established to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to ICS. Donations to these funds are used to purchase books that honor the lives of these individuals:

Mary-Kim Arnold: Honoring the tenure of a Board President who dedicates her work to diversity, books in this collection focus on culturally and linguistically responsive books. To donate to this fund, clickhere.

Matthew Garcia: Honoring the tenure of a Board President who is a professor of Chicano Studies and American History, books in this collection focus on social studies. To donate to this fund, clickhere.

Don Pedro Cano: Honoring one of the first Colombians to arrive in Rhode Island, books in this collection focus on the histories of Colombia, Rhode Island and the textile industry. To donate to this fund, clickhere.

Frank McMahon: Honoring the tenure of a Board President who works in the field of advocacy, books in this collection focus on advocacy. To donate to this fund, clickhere.

Ellin Oliver Keene: Honoring the work Ellin has done with our faculty in the area of literacy, books in this collection are those that inspire children to "think, feel and believe". To donate to this fund, clickhere.

Or, if you would like to make a general donation, clickhere.

$10 will allow us to buy one book, $1000 to buy 100! Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated.

Thank you. Gracias. Obrigada.

Julie Nora, Ph.D.

Director