Guest post written by Emery & Ali
Our project goal was to collect more than 1,000 books. And, we collected almost 1,400 books which was great. Our second goal was to collect mainly children’s books.
Our community event was a neighborhood book drive. We did two book drives in different neighborhoods for 4 weekends in a row. We used our Ding Dong Donate meme to create and design a flyer and got bags to put on doors. We posted our meme slogan advertisement on Nextdoor. We went out into the community and ding donged over 100 houses in order to collect books then we went back to all of the houses to collect the books. We had so much fun going around to houses, it reminded us of May Day. The experience was so wonderful and it also made us get this feeling inside of us that we knew we did something good for the community. Reach Out and Read Colorado helped us so much by supporting us and giving us advice. They also helped us find a place to find a place for all of the 1,400 books we got.
Our team created meme is the words or slogan: DING DONG DONATE. It was very catchy and it spread through our neighborhood community quickly. We used the meme in our flyers that we created, our ad, and in our Ding Dong Donate song (jingle) that we sang at people’s doors. The meme helped us reach our project goals to get more books because people remembered our Ding Dong Donate slogan and they thought our song/jingle was cute and clever. Reach Out and Read Colorado is the best community partner.
Note: Local Denver fifth graders Ali and Emery went door to door and hung paper grocery bags on the doorknobs of nearly 400 homes in each of their respective neighborhoods. The girls called it the Ding-Dong-Donate campaign. In the end, the girls collected more than 1,000 books, orchestrating all elements of this project on their own with great success. The girls organized and implemented the book drive as part of the service learning competition, Destination Imagination.
UPDATE: Ali and Emery took 2nd place in the Destination Imagination Colorado State Competition and will be traveling to Tennessee for the Global Championships. Good Luck Ali & Emery!