Turning the Page on Reading: DPS Book Fund

Bringing culturally responsive books to school libraries

About the campaign

DPS school libraries experienced a rate of lost books last year that is more than double previous years due to the pandemic. DPS Foundation has set a goal to raise $250,000 to support the purchase of replacement books, which are carefully selected based on cultural responsiveness and the needs of individual schools. We need your help!

The need is great. From May 2020 – May 2021, nearly 5% of books were not returned–that’s roughly 43,000 books that are not back on school shelves. According to Theo Shaw, Executive Director of Culturally Sustaining Curriculum and Instruction, many of our libraries have a long way to go to ensure more diverse books are available so that students can read text that opens a window into lived experiences with characters that look like them.”

Give today to DPS Foundation’s Turning the Page on Reading: DPS Book Fund to ensure all of our students have culturally responsive books in the classroom. A portion of your gift also supports the DPS Foundation’s work to accelerate progress within DPS, through the support of priority initiatives and funds like the $1 Million Fund.

Some inclusive and culturally responsive titles that you could help put into DPS school libraries include:

See your impact:

$20 could provide one ready to be checked out library book for a DPS student

$100 could provide ready to be checked out library books for a small reading group

$500 could provide a book per child for an entire classroom




At the DPS Foundation, we are proud to support DPS by ensuring that 95 cents of every dollar donated to the DPS Book Fund goes directly to supporting students and schools. The remaining 5 cents are allocated at the discretion of the DPS Foundation and may include supporting projects such as the $1 Million Fund and other programs led by the DPS Foundation.

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