Pioneers Baccalaureate School is located in the West Bank city of Nablus (visit us at: www.pioneers.ps). Started at the close of the Second Intifada, our school seeks to build a generation of learners equipped to help move Palestine forward. We do this by offering a very unique bilingual education that focuses heavily on developing critical thinking and communication skills as well as regular academics.
Our school started with 1st-3rd grade and has grown by one grade-level every year. This year, we have begun our first year of 9th grade and our SAT high school program. We will be proud to graduate our first high school class in 2016.
We are also proud to bring in a fully native-speaking English staff every year. This drastically improves our students' language, but it also broadens their world view in a very positive way. Our teachers are capable, educated, and dedicated young men and women who devote extreme amounts of time and energy to these students.
Though we are a private school, we are also a non-profit organization. Student tuition covers the basic operating costs of our organization, and we are also proud to offer many scholarships to students from the surrounding refugee camps.
As we develop, we face myriad challenges due to location and funding. Getting high-level English materials to the West Bank is not easy. Our students begin reading chapter books around 3rd or 4th grade, and we've recycled the few books we have for the past few years. Now, our older students are at a whole new level. They are voracious readers, and their appetite for literature will only get stronger in the coming years. Therefore, it is high time that we provide them the books that they deserve!
Nablus is a large, but extremely isolated city. Access to middle and high school level English literature is limited. For many of our students, making the trip to a library in Ramallah is simply not an option. Therefore, our school is the only place these students can obtain books in English. We feel that it is our duty to make more books available.
Our project goal of $5,000 will cover the cost of classroom sets of 27 novels for our school. This covers many of the books that our students will use in middle school, as well as those that they will need for the next four years of high school. These books will be integrated into our curriculum and will help us achieve our standards for literature and language arts. The list of books includes (but is not limited to):
The Westing Game, Tangerine, Maniac Magee, Ender's Game, Harriet the Spy, Matilda, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, The Old Man and the Sea, Hamlet, Grapes of Wrath, and Heart of Darkness.
Obviously these books alone will not achieve the requirements of our program, but it is a wonderful start!
We will be purchasing the books in bulk from The Reading Warehouse, and shipping them (for free!) to a U.S. location. We will then ship them to the West Bank (via Israel). The customs fees and taxes, as well as the shipping costs, are calculated into our goal.
In the event that we do not reach our goal we will purchase as many classroom sets as funding allows, focusing on our immediate needs for the rest of this year. Any amount that you can contribute will go towards getting us these books, and we thank you in advance for your help!
For more detailed information about our book lists or projected costs, please email us at: email@example.com
Taking the opportunity to donate a book to any child is a valuable thing. However, by donating to this campaign you are putting English reading material in the hands of a student who would not otherwise be able to find it.
These books will be invaluable to us as our school moves forward. These classroom sets will be used year after year, and will continually challenge and advance our students' learning. With your one-time donation, you will be part of a library legacy within Pioneers Baccalaureate School.
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Other Ways You Can Help
We understand that not everyone is in a position to donate at this time. We would also fully appreciate your help in spreading the word about our school and our project. By sharing our story with people that you know can help, you are doing us a wonderful service. Thank you!