Giving Back { PAGE TURNERS }

As you may know, I am a supporter of PageTurners, a young organization that has already build a network of 36 afterschool book clubs that use the discussion of literature to empower at-risk middle school girls as readers, leaders, thinkers, community members, and graduates. I’ve served on the local Advisory Committee and have had the privilege to photograph these spectacular girls on various occasions.  Most recently for the launch of Page Turners new website.  At the risk of sounding like and infomercial, I would like to reintroduce you to this organization and their current project.

Central to the success of each PageTurners book club in “empowering girls one page at a time” is the teacher who leads that book club. But before that teacher can begin her book club, she has to be trained in how to implement that book club effectively.

This week, PageTurners is working with GiveCorps to raise the needed funds to provide training, teacher manuals, and teacher book sets to 36 PageTurners teachers who will serve 360 girls across the Eastern Shore and in Baltimore City. If you’re interested in to learn how you can help,  visit: https://givecorps.com/projects/211-pageturners-girls-who-read-to-achieve-inc-empowering-girls-one-page-at-a-time.

More about Page Turners:

Have you ever stayed up way too late knowing that the morning alarm is pending, but you just can’t put down your book?  That’s a page-turner.  And PageTurners: Girls Who Read to Achieve is using this literary passion to empower middle school girls to become self-confident young woman.

PageTurners: Girls Who Read to Achieve is a network of afterschool book clubs that use the discussion of literature as a tool for empowering at-risk middle school girls as readers, leaders, thinkers, community members, and graduates. PageTurners book clubs are designed to reframe reading from a task required to pass tests to an outlet for self-exploration, activism, and enjoyment.

But PageTurners is only as successful as the teachers who deliver the dynamic curriculum.  The curriculum is specifically tailored to include books like Rapunzel’s Revenge, a graphic novel promoting friendship, trust, and standing up for what’s right in the face of adversity.  Nancy, a 6th grade PageTurner, stated, “PageTurners has taught me how to be a strong girl. Rapunzel was really strong and stood up for herself. I want to be like her.”

Check out our previous shoot with Page Turners here.

This book by Shannon Hale had my daughters captivated for hours.  They’re always picking it up an rereading it.