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Robinson Elementary Makes Strides to Diversify Classroom Libraries and Raises Over $20,000

Robinson Elementary School in the Kirkwood School District hosted a Fun Run on Thursday, May 6 on the school’s campus. 

During the day students from the Kirkwood At Home (KAH) program and Robinson students took turns running laps to raise funds for classroom libraries. When the rain came, students went inside for a dance party. Over the past two weeks, Robinson has supported a “pledge page” where donors commit a dollar amount for each lap run by the principal. Every lap run will raise money for books for the classroom library diversification efforts. 

Students in the KAH program participated in a virtual dance party to also raise funds.

The project collected over $20,000, which will purchase over 4,000 books. All funds collected will go to diversify books in classroom libraries. “We planned this fundraising event to support our students' literacy and the purchase of diverse texts from authentic voices for every classroom in our building. It is important that kids see themselves in our texts and library materials,” said Robinson principal, Dr. Angeline O’Neal-Hogrefe.

Since the online pledge campaign opened two weeks ago, students have learned the power of teamwork, care, courage, grit, and celebration. Pledges have come in from 42 states and 2 countries.


Photo #1: Students at Robinson Elementary participate in a dance party to raise money to diversify books in classroom libraries.

Photo #2: Dr. Angeline O’Neal-Hogrefe runs with students for a Fun Run which raised funds to diversify books in classroom libraries.