Since early 2015 we have provided more than 3,700 copies of the Pay It Forward Young Readers Edition to schools and communities across the United States. Below you will find a complete list of our Book Partners. We appreciate the support of teachers in school classrooms across the country, who use the Pay It Forward Young Readers Edition as a curriculum guide. The primary focus of our work is making this book available for teachers & students. From time to time we will acknowledge these teachers in this space.
May 17, #TeacherTuesday
Today we recognize Ms. Kim O'Neal, a teacher serving 3rd & 4th grade students at two schools in southwest Georgia. Ms. O'Neal received her books just this week and has already finished reading the book herself, in advance of sharing the book with students.
Kim has some great ideas for incorporating the meaning and message of Pay It Forward with her students. We can't wait to hear how they receive the book!
December 8, #TeacherTuesday
Today we want to tell you about Maria Erardy and her work with students in New City, New York. Ms Erardy shared this with us about her plan and her class:
“We are a Rockland BOCES special education class and we work out of Link Elementary School in New City, NY. Link Elementary is an International Baccalaureate World School-PYP. "The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. The school encourages student actions that will make the world a better place." My class is a class of students who are emotionally disabled. We are incorporating Dialectical Behavior Training into their curriculum to help them manage their emotions to help cope with changes, disappointments and life in general. As part of this training we are trying to foster the notion that random acts of kindness can make their world a better place. We have taken this idea and we, as a whole class, would like to bring random acts of kindness to the entire student body at Link Elementary School. My classroom psychologist and I are in the process of teaching our kids about Pay It Forward and they will in turn teach the children in their school community.”
Pictured are Ms. Erardy on the right and Dr. Maria Milano on the left.
November 24, #TeacherTuesday
This week we want to tell you about our friend and Book Partner, Marisa Underberger.
Ms. Underberger teaches at Park City Prep Charter School. In the photo are teachers at Park City Prep who are all using the book with their students in grades 5 - 8.
We are really excited about Marisa and all the teachers who are using the book this fall.
We shared more than 1,400 books with teachers & students in twenty-seven schools.
November 17, #TeacherTuesday
Kristen Gainer, a 5th grade teacher in Harrisburg, PA, is using our book this fall. She has also shared copies with other teachers in her school so they can involve their students.
Ms. Gainer’s class is also taking the challenge at the end of the book, writing their own “next chapter”. We look forward to sharing their ideas in the weeks ahead.
Joshua Lichty’s 5th Grade Class
Northern Hills Elementary
Mr. Lichty also made us aware his class has set up pen pals with Kailey Bueker’s class in Ankeny, Iowa. We will tell you more about her soon!
Don’t you just love the looks on the kid’s faces?
Trace Ragland, holding her box of books
McDonogh Charter School
Laura Larson, pictured with her class
6th Grade Teacher
Morse Pond School
Teachers who used the book in the winter & spring of 2015 (9):
Carrie Schaffer, Banner Elk, NC; Banner Elk Elementary
Kristy Osborn, Indianapolis, IN; Abraham Lincoln Elementary
Anne Schaller, Victoria, Texas; Howell Middle School
Davida Staton, Lexington, VA; Maury River Middle School
Christy Gresham, Pasadena, CA; Arroyo Vista Elementary School
Angela Hohlakis, Oberlin, Ohio; Lorain County Joint Vocational School
Heather McCormick, Brooklyn, NY; Shellbank Junior High
Kaitlin Burke, Bettendorf, IA; Bettendorf Elementary School
Keely Hoehn, Mount Vernon, IN; Marrs Elementary
Teachers who are used the book in the fall of 2015 (24):
Meredith Black, Staunton, VA; Beverly Manor Middle School
Kristin Gainer, Harrisburg, PA; Rutherford Elementary School
Kelly Hicks, Highland, NY; Highland Residential Center _New York State OCFS
Elaine Hoff, Warren, IL; Warren School District
Jillian Jezuit, Simpson, PA; Fell Charter School
Laura Larson, Falmouth, MA; Morse Pond School
Amy Roper, Saratoga, CA; Argonaut Elementary School
Kellie Williams, Ft. Supply, OK,; Fort Supply School
Katie Reedy, Frisco, TX; Scoggins Middle School
Shannon Jackson, Cambria, CA; Coast Union High School
Lisa Sellu, Forest Ranch, CA; Forest Ranch Charter School
Valerie Ehresman, Elk Grove, CA; Elk Grove High School
Trace Ragland, New Orleans, LA; Choice Schools NOLA
Michelle Zito, Staten Island, NY; NYC PS 861
Taylor Quezada, Joplin, MO; East Middle School
Anjelica Zermeno, Visalia, CA; La Sierra Charter Military Academy
Joe Blackman, Orem, UT; Foothill Elementary
Joshua Lichty, Onalaska, WI; Northern Hills Elementary
Kailey Bueker, Ankeny, IA; Ashland Ridge Elementary
Patricia Kirkpatrick, Wampsville, NY; Otto Shortell Middle School
Debbie Chmura, Cooper City, FLA; Griffin Elementary
Robin Jones, Chula Vista, CA; Salt Creek Elementary
Amber Mehta, Monroe, WA; Frank Wagner Elementary
Marisa Underberger, Bridgeport, CT; Park City Prep Charter School
Teachers who are using the book over the spring, summer and fall of 2016 (21):
Rose Gage, Deerfield, MA; The Bement School
Elise Koslosky, Braddock Hills, PA; Propel Braddock Hills High School
Theresa Schroeder, Midland, MI; Bullock Creek Middle School
Linda Keeney, Smyrna, GA; King Springs Elementary
Kim O’Neal, Hamilton, GA; Park Elementary School
Rebecca Kendrick, Omaha, NE; Davis Middle School
Michelle Williams, New Freedom, PA; St. John the Baptist Catholic School
Michael Haste, Atwood, IL; Atwood - Hammond Grade School
Jessica Pienkoski, Stonboro, PA; Lakeview Middle School
Gina McGuire, Laconia, NH; Hout Technical Center
Samantha Gross - Galindo, Peace Corps Member serving in Eastern Europe
Kelly Giadrosich, Mansfield, TX; Mary Orr Intermediate School
Jessica Sebenick, Laingsburg, MI; Laingsburg United Methodist Church
Jennifer Olmedo, Pasadena, TX; Bony Intermediate School
Donna Sinatra, Miami, FL; Gulliver Schools — Miller Drive Campus
Nina West, Brockton, MA; West Middle School
Justin Gerry, Jones, OK; Jones High School
Penny Hagerty, Purceville, VA; Loudoun Valley High School
Joelyn Lutz, Santa Maria, CA; Partnership with Altrusa, providing books for GW Battles School
Sarah Prosser, Normal, IL; Hammitt Elementary
Jeff Lenhart, Dubuque, IA; George Washington Middle School & Dubuque Rescue Mission
With More to Come in the Weeks Ahead!