Pass Love Charity Foundation

To promote education reform in rural China by establishing high quality village libraries that provide developmentally appropriate reading materials, engaging activities and ongoing teacher support; so that rural children can receive a fair and compassionate education. Reading is fundamental to a child's future, and it is a corner stone of education. PLCF's Dandelion's Village Program aims to spark rural children's passion for learning, foster independent thinking, encourage them to inspire others with their experiences, and in turn help them become responsible citizens.

Pass Love Charity Foundation
5061 Babbit Drive
% Liling Jiang
Troy, Michigan 48085
United States
7349268088
http://www.passlove.org

Board of Directors

Liling Jiang, Weijian Xuan, Xin Zhang, Zhaoru Li, Dairong Chen, Fei Shang

Mission

To promote education reform in rural China by establishing high quality village libraries that provide developmentally appropriate reading materials, engaging activities and ongoing teacher support; so that rural children can receive a fair and compassionate education. Reading is fundamental to a child's future, and it is a corner stone of education. PLCF's Dandelion's Village Program aims to spark rural children's passion for learning, foster independent thinking, encourage them to inspire others with their experiences, and in turn help them become responsible citizens.

Programs

The Dandelion Village Library Program The Pass Love Charity Foundation (PLCF)'s Dandelion Village Library Program aims to provide children in rural China access to high quality and developmentally appropriate reading materials that will spark their passion for learning, inspire them to follow their dreams and achieve their potential. PLCF achieves this goal by establishing village libraries full of carefully selected books along with engaging activities and ongoing teacher support. Dandelion Village Library Program is a low-cost, sustainable and scalable model that follows four principle guidelines: select high quality and developmentally appropriate reading materials, engage students in reading with enrichment activities using library materials, provide ongoing teacher support to integrate library materials into reading instruction, and integrate technologies to foster an online community. Providing access to high quality and developmentally appropriate reading materials PLCF firmly believes quality books are vital for the success of a library program. At the early stage of the Dandelion Village Library program, the PLCF team spent a majority of their efforts identifying a collection of high quality books that are developmentally appropriate for children in primary grades. Two major criteria were used to select the books: engaging and enlightening. A book is judged by whether it was written from children's perspective and uses children's language, whether its content presentation is interesting, whether its language is dynamic, active, and understandable; and whether the design of the book is creative. In collaboration with experts in reading instruction, children's literature, library science, and rural education, the PLCF team identified a collection of over 3,000 books that are high quality, engaging, and educational. The collection covers a wide range of genres: picture books, poetry, comics, folktales, fairytales, prose, fictions, non-fictions, biography and philosophy. To facilitate the use of the books in the elementary schools, all of these books were assigned into one of four reading levels. The collection also includes audio books and educational videos (about 100 CDs and DVDs). In addition to superior books, Dandelion library rooms are thoughtfully designed to create an inviting and child-friendly reading environment. Books are organized and displayed on shelves; walls are decorated with colorful pictures, maps and students' artworks from various reading activities. The cozy reading corner with cartoon-shaped pillows and cushions is often a student's favorite place to read. While such a library room is common to children in urban cities, it is a unique experience for the rural children. Engaging students in reading with enrichment activities using library materials Providing access to the featured books is only the first step to spark rural children's passion for learning. In collaboration with the local elementary schools, the PLCF team has developed enrichment activities to engage students in reading using books at the Dandelion Village Libraries. The activities fall into two major categories. The first is regular reading activities which students perform on a daily basis, that include reading aloud in the morning, sustained silent reading at noon or at the end of day in the classroom, reading books in the library, and reading books at home. Each day, teachers lead students to read aloud in the morning. Books that are appropriate for reading aloud are selected and recommended to teachers by the PLCF team. At noon or at the end of day, depends on a class's schedule, students read books silently for about 20-30 minutes. Additionally, teachers at different grade levels rotate their schedule and designate one class session for students to read in libraries each week. Students are allowed to check out books for reading at home. On average, each student typically borrows and reads 2-3 books each week. After finish reading each book, students are encouraged to recommend and pass the book to their classmates. In addition to the regular reading activities, situational activities are incorporated to foster students' independent thinking, and to improve their creative writing skills. These activities include reading contests, book reviews, writing a letter to the author, and even writing a book. For example, to celebrate the anniversary of the first Dandelion library in the Wanglou elementary school in Anhui Province, an activity called "My Wanglou, My Book" was designed to engage students in writing their own books about Wanglou. Another popular group activity is called "101 Reasons to Read". Students are divided into small groups, and each group makes a poster to state their reasons to read. The "Taking Knowledge Home" activity encourages students to read books to their parents and grandparents at home. Also each year, students have the opportunity to vote for "The Best Book of the Year for Rural Children." Providing ongoing teacher support to integrate library materials into reading instruction Teachers play a key role in a child's education. Our Dandelion Village Library also provides books for teachers that focus on instructional pedagogy in reading instruction, classroom management, assessments, and learning theories. We encourage teachers to integrate library materials into their daily teaching routine and reading instruction. More importantly, ongoing teacher training is provided throughout the year by PLCF. Topics include integration of library materials into a curriculum, classroom management, case studies of best practices in reading instruction, demonstrations of reading lessons by exemplary teachers, sex education, and elementary students' social and psychological development; as well as how to communicate with students and parents, how to develop children's critical thinking and creativity, and how to work with families to create a nurturing environment for children in migrant families. Due to the resource constraints, teachers in rural areas normally have few opportunities for professional development. Therefore, the teacher training that we provide is enthusiastically embraced by the teachers we have been working with at the rural schools. One teacher training topic that is particularly important for girls is sex education. Many girls in rural areas are left-behind children who don't live with their parents. As a result of the general lack of parental guidance, they simply do not know how to protect themselves from sexual harassments and how to understand the physical and psychological changes as they transition into adolescents. Thus, it is important to help rural teachers raise awareness and develop knowledge and skills in helping girls to address these issues. Initially, we built libraries in remote locations in several different provinces, such as Shandong, Anhui, Sichuan, and Guangxi. We learned from our initial efforts that it is more effective to build libraries in proximity. If we start with one village library and build subsequent libraries within a driving distance of half an hour, it will enable inter-library activities and make regional teacher training possible. Also, teachers and librarians from established libraries can help and share their experiences with newer libraries. As a result, a regional village library network was created. Integrating technologies to foster an online community We created an online community on our website (www.passlove.org) to connect students, parents, teachers, the PLCF team, volunteers, and sponsors. Schools that have Dandelion Village Libraries, each have a homepage on our website, in which they update their library happenings, share pictures of reading activities, showcase student' work (e.g., books or poems written by students), and engage in discussion with their colleagues. The online platform provides a window into the practice of other schools and libraries, where ideas are exchanged and experiences are shared. In addition, parents who have left home to work in big cities can access their children's school work on the website and increase their involvement in their children's education. Volunteers also keep journals while they tutor students in local schools. They share their observations and reflections on the website, which provides valuable feedback on the impact of the Dandelion Village Libraries on rural students and teachers, and also on improvements that need to be made for future projects. Our PLCF team also uses the website to collaborate on projects, to update the progress of library building, reading activities that are implemented in different schools, and information on teacher training sessions. Each teacher training session is videotaped. The videos and resources are also made available on the website for teachers who did not attend the training.

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