Are you in a book club? Do you enjoy reading our annual One Maryland One Book selection? Then you already know how stimulating and inspiring reading and discussing a book with friends can be.
Help Maryland Humanities make that same experience possible for high school students by “adopting” a classroom. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, we are back with the Adopt a Classroom initiative for students, teachers, and schools to benefit this fall.
You can underwrite the cost for a set of books, bookmarks, and learning materials to a participating classroom—supporting a dedicated teacher and his or her students on a journey of discovery—with a donation of $250. What a fun and affordable way for the members of your book club to come together and share the joy of reading with the next generation! Or, if you’re feeling particularly generous, you can adopt a classroom solo.
Just complete and return an “Adopt a Classroom” form along with your book club members’ checks and/or credit card information or give online by clicking the DONATE button at the top right (be sure to put “Adopt a Classroom” in the Additional Comments field). We’ll handle the rest.
While we cannot guarantee requests for specific schools, we will make every effort to support a classroom in your town or county.
One Maryland One Book is sponsored by the Institute of Museum & Library Services via LSTA grant funds received from the Maryland State Library, with additional support from PNC Foundation, M&T Bank, and the Citizens of Baltimore County. Activities in Baltimore City are supported in part by Mayor Brandon Scott and the Creative Baltimore Fund.
Read what Maryland teachers have to say about the impact on students of a past One Maryland One Book selection, All American Boys
- “I completed the book club with 22 students, all of them on the JV football team— so not your stereotypical group of book club attendees. … The discussions we had were powerful and meaningful—this was truly one of the most moving experiences I have had as an educator.”
- “This book got our students talking about issues that are often taboo. It was nice to see students from various backgrounds feeling comfortable about communicating their concerns openly.”
- “This book opened the door to more conversation about race in our school system. It was amazingly powerful to hear the teachers and students come together for open and honest conversations.”
- “We had a student who failed English last year, and this year with this title they were reading ahead of the class. They were so into it.”
- “…My students DEVOURED this book! They were completely engaged.”