Help a post-Katrina School Re-Make Its Library

It’s been five years since Katrina completely devastated St. Bernard Parish. Three miles from downtown New Orleans, this district saw all of its buildings damaged and its schools destroyed. Little by little, the residents have rebuilt, and this August 11th, the district will be reopening the last of its public schools. ReadThis is proud to help create a library for the Andrew Jackson Middle School, pictured here after the floodwaters receded.

Our goal is to raise 1,400 books for the 35o students by the end of September. We will maintain a countdown on this site until our goal is complete. Right now, the BP oil spill is further devastating the community. Your purchase of a book for these students will help a region in economic straits. How you can help:

Buy books off the wish list. Click on this link [] to see the Andrew Jackson Middle School wish list as created by the school’s librarian. ReadThis has asked the Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans, a local independent, to put up the purchasing links. ReadThis will cover the shipping to the school.

Come to the ReadThis Book Drive at the Brooklyn Flea on Saturday, July 24th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. []. Greenlight Bookstore will have a table where you can buy new books for the middle school, or simply drop off your gently used middle school-level books. ReadThis will handle the shipping.

Host Your Own Drive. Can you commit to raising 100 books for St. Bernard Parish, or 500 or 1000? Email us at if you would like to host a drive to contribute to the ReadThis/Andrew Jackson Middle School book effort. We will be keeping a countdown of donations on our website until we make our goal of 1400.

Send Books. If you would like to donate gently-used, middle-school level books, email us at for more information on how to ship boxes down to the school from your local post office.

Offer Your Volunteer Services. This book-drive project will require occasional help packing and delivering books, or staffing the table at the Brooklyn Flea. If you are willing to offer a few hours of your time, email us at and let us know how you would like to help. We will notify you when a need arises.

Thank you.


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