Notre Dame High School sophomores Erin Maloney, Liz O’Donnell,  Caroline Bottega, and Allison Safranek have kicked-off a magazine recycling drive this week for literacy.
The team is bundling magazines for delivery to new readers via the MagazineLiteracy.org online literacy marketplace.
Recycled magazines hold enormous value for literacy programs, especially for children and families in homeless and domestic violence shelters, and mentoring and job training programs.  The team is helping MagazineLiteracy.org explore methods for collecting magazines that can be easily replicated by students at other schools.
Our first magazine recycling project was organized by a classroom of kindergarten children in San Francisco and efforts have been organized at all grades including on college campuses.
The Notre Dame team is a sustained effort that serves as a great model for others.  A particular focus area will be adopting and meeting the reading interests of homeless students at other schools.  This is an especially challenging undertaking as there are over 1 million homeless students in the U.S., but they are hidden – even within their own communities.  Our goal is to connect schools and communities to match students who want to share their favorite magazines with homeless students elsewhere so they can enjoy reading them as well.