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Working with schools and programs to ensure Kindergarten through 3rd grade students have the opportunity to take a good book home, every night, for fun.
DIBS, or Delivering Infinite Book Shelves for Kids is working with public schools to provide an opportunity for every child to read a book at home every night regardless of income level. The program stems from our founder’s experience as a Teach For America 1st grade teacher in New Orleans, where he learned first-hand how difficult it was as a teacher to guide his students through their lessons when so many were unequipped to read and comprehend the material.
Over 60 percent of students growing up in poverty do not have access to a single age-appropriate book in their home according to the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. Teachers need a hands-off way to face this issue head-on, a program that empowers young students to read outside of school without teacher guidance, and encourages their parents and guardians to play a more active role in their reading development.
We fundraise to bring leveled books, bins and our QR-code, book-scanning technology into high-poverty K-3rd grade classrooms so students can check a book out every single school day. With DIBS, each student takes home almost 100 books per school year.
We currently serve over 1,000 students across five elementary schools in Omaha, as well as classrooms in Kansas City and New Orleans. Since the program began in 2012, students have taken home over 220,000 books.