As part of its “Buck a Book” program. Christina Garley’s fifth-grade classroom at Maple Avenue Elementary donated $50 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF ). Since the 2006-07 school year when students began participating in the Buck a Book program, Garley’s fifth grade classes have donated a total of $450 to various organizations. The reading incentive program encourages students to read on their own time and raise money for a cause they deem important. Parent feedback regarding the program indicates that it has been successful in motivating students to read.
For each book students complete and record in their reading log, they bring in $1 or whatever they can from home. Once $50 is collected, the class decides where to donate the money. The class chose to donate to JDRF because it is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide and is the largest charitable funder of and advocate for type 1 diabetes research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave. in Sussex.