Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Welcome to Ringgold Reads!

On April 27, 2011 Ringgold, Georgia, along with several other towns in North Georgia and the Chattanooga area, was hit by an EF-4 tornado, in which nine people were killed.  Two of those killed were Ringgold High School students.  In addition both Ringgold High School and Ringgold Middle School were severely damaged.

Ringgold Reads is a group of authors, bloggers, and community members who are committed to a long-term effort to rebuild the community with a particular emphasis on Ringgold Middle School and Ringgold High School.  We are embracing this opportunity to rebuild and rehabilitate our community with an emphasis on literacy and the joy of reading and writing.  For more about each of us, click on the About Us tab at the top of the page.

While we plan to work with the schools and communities throughout the rebuilding process, our initial project is to meet the immediate needs of the school's library and classrooms.  In order to do this, we have worked with school officials to create a list of books that the school needs immediately to fulfill teacher's curricular requirements and to restock their classrooms.  We are asking anyone who is able to help us get these books into the classrooms in one of three ways:

1) Buy a book from the list below and send it to:

Mark Pierce
RHS English Department Head
29 Tiger Trail
Ringgold, GA 30736

If you do this, please send us an email at RinggoldReads@gmail.com so we can put you on our Honor Roll and keep track of what books are still needed.

2)  Make a donation so that we can buy the book for you

Checks should be made out to First Centenary United Methodist Church.  Be sure to put Ringgold Reads in the memo line.  Checks can be mailed to:
419 MCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN
3)  Purchase a book from Aaron's Books, an independant book store in Pennsylvania over the phone and they'll ship it to us.  717-627-1990 or email them at sales@aaronsbookonline.com

At the end of this post, there is a list of needed books.  You can also find the list, along with a continually updated number of what has been donated on our How To Help page.  To fully stock the classrooms and library, we need 70 copies of each title listed, although all 70 copies do not need to come from any one person.  We ask that you send what you can.  Because we are donating to a Title 1 school, we ask that books be new or in like new condition. 

We also ask that you spread the word about Ringgold Reads.  You can promote us in a number of ways:

1) Like us on Facebook
2) Follow us on Twitter: @RinggoldReads
3) Follow our blog
4) Spread the word by posting on your own Facebook wall, Tweeting about us, or posting on your blog.  (See our Media Mentions page for bloggers who are already posting).

We appreciate any and all support and look forward to blessing the town of Ringgold, and especially the schools, throughout the entire process of rebuilding.  Keep checking the site for more updates on donations, how you can help, and our future activities, as well as information on the city of Ringgold and the students at the schools.

What We Need:
Golding’s LORD OF THE FLIES (2 donated)
Rand’s ANTHEM (1 donated)
Harper’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (6 donated)
Kinsella's SHOELESS JOE 
Sparks’ A WALK TO REMEMBER (3 donated)
Daphne du Maurier's REBECCA (1 donated)
Hamilton’s MYTHOLOGY
Collins’ THE HINGER GAMES (3 donated)
Welding With Children - Tim Gautreaux
Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw (2 donated)
Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
Paper Towns - John Green
The Great Wide Sea - M.H. Herlong
The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane (3 donated)
Staying Fat for Sarah Burns – Chris Crutcher
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
Adventures of Ulysses – Bernard Evslin
Animal Farm (request fulfilled)
As I Lay Dying (request fulfilled)
Heart of Darkness (request fulfilled)
Frankenstein (request fulfilled)
Dracula (request fulfilled)
Hamlet (request fulfilled)
MacBeth (request fulfilled)
Oedipus Rex (request fulfilled)
Antigone (request fulfilled)
The Hiding Place (request fulfilled)
Invisible Man (request fulfilled)
A Day No Pigs Would Die (request fulfilled)
A Raisin In the Sun (request fulfilled)
Great Expectations (request fulfilled)
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen (request fulfilled)
Tuesdays with Morrie (request fulfilled)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing (request fulfilled)
The House on Mango Street (request fulfilled)

7th Grade Math
     Sir Cumference and the First Round Table (3 donated)
     Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
6th Grade Science
     The Legend of Zooey - Candi Moonshower (request fulfilled)
     Stranded - Ben Mikaelson
     Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer (3 donated)
7th Grade Science
     The Number Devil - Hans Magnus Enzenberger
     Eva (request fulfilled)
     Catching Fire (Hunger Games Trilogy) - Suzanne Collins (1 donated)
     Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy) - Suzanne Collins (1 donated)
7th Grade Social Studies
     Other Side of Truth - Beverly Naidoo
 Grade Social Studies
     The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (request fulfilled)
Gifted Department
     Gifted Hands - Ben Carson
     The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle (request fulfilled)
7th and 8th Grade Math
     Hot X: Algebra Exposed - Danica McKellar
     Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail    

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