Free Books!

We have been graciously given CLASS SETS or more copies of the following titles. If you are interested in small group sets, class sets, or larger quantities, please contact us at info@wearecreed.org. *Shipping within reason.*

Book Titles include:

The Legend of Lady Ilena: https://smile.amazon.com/Lege…/dp/0613722809/ref=sr_1_2…

The Door in the Wall: https://smile.amazon.com/Door…/dp/B01FGMSJF4/ref=sr_1_2…

The Book of the Maid Servant: https://smile.amazon.com/Book…/dp/0375958568/ref=sr_1_1…

Out of the Dust: https://smile.amazon.com/Dust…/dp/B00BP0NH8Q/ref=sr_1_2…

The Midwife’s Apprentice: https://smile.amazon.com/…/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi…

Pictures of Hollis Woods: https://smile.amazon.com/Pict…/dp/0440415780/ref=sr_1_1…

Pieces of Georgia: https://smile.amazon.com/Piec…/dp/0440420555/ref=sr_1_1…

International Literacy Day 2020

On #InternationalLiteracyDay, we share a note about adult literacy. The difficulties an illiterate adult faces are big and can start a cycle that makes it difficult for generations to break.

When you donate books to We Are Creed, it is our mission to find new homes for them, because we want to reach children and aid them in increasing their literacy. If we can help them at a younger age, we can hope their adult life will be easier.

Books head to Michigan!

When we receive gently used book donations, we look for opportunities to get these in the hands of kids. Yesterday this took us to Michigan.

Miss Q will be using about 10 boxes of our gently used items to help her K-8 high poverty charter school students in Flint, Michigan. She is working to convert this van to a mobile library so students and their families can enjoy these books…and keep them!

Books at her school are often old, have ripped covers, etc. and the teachers are predominantly funding these resources so we are excited to share our good fortunes with Miss Q and her school community.

#Teachershelpingteachers#Booksforkids#educationmatters#literacymatters

Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer

When we expand our programs to other states, we need a volunteer to see the program from beginning to end. In South Carolina, this person is Jennifer, who is in her second year of coordinating the South Carolina Book Flood program.

When the idea for this organization came around, Jennifer was supportive and offered her assistance immediately. Last year she arranged for books to go to 2 different schools in South Carolina. When we revamped the program this year, she has been working with the SC Book Flood teachers to create and make their Wish Lists and will coordinate their delivery.

We are truly grateful to work with another teacher who is Creating Remarkable Effects Every Day.

Helping a new mother

What a great week of Creating Remarkable Effects Every Day!

Thank you for the donations for Taye and her twin boys! We dropped off a carload and a half of new and gently used items to Our Children’s Homestead over the past few days, who will bring them to Taye. (Taye recently wrote us that lovely thank you note about buying books for her twin boys.) We truly appreciate your kindness in helping this young mother.

We will keep you updated if any additional items are needed.

A way to give back

More happy teachers received the books shown in the picture and another box of culturally diverse moves from the SC Book Flood!

A special note from We Are Creed’s President, Stephanie Creed:
“I will forever be indebted to the town of Pelion, South Carolina and Dr. Jowers for taking a chance and hiring a new teacher. Pelion Middle School taught me the joys of teaching, the importance of a community, and a ridiculous amount of life lessons.

Coming from the suburbs of Illinois, this rural location was nothing like my educational experiences. Even more, the poverty and hardships the students and families endured was unexpected, and I was ill-prepared for how to support them. Thanks to a workshop at a conference, a district administrator that I annoyed with my requests for a cohort, and a great professor from Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University, I began to understand some of ‘my kids.’ The teachers and students at Pelion Middle School are the reason this organization was started — to support those Creating Remarkable Effects Every Day.

I am overjoyed that Pelion Middle School, my home away from home for many years, was a recipient of the SC Book Flood. I guarantee these books are appreciated and readers will enjoy these donations.”

Our Next Project

Today we announce our latest project!

In May, we will help the young adults at Our Children’s Homestead celebrate Foster Care Month by providing them gift cards to a bookstore!

Our Children’s Homestead is a specialized foster care agency focused on supporting children with high trauma or special needs in Naperville, IL and Rockford, IL. As a result, most of these young adults don’t have a lot of opportunities to make their own choices.

After talking with the agency, We Are Creed has offered to donate gift cards from a bookstore for all 130 youth. Gift cards will allow these children to make their own choice in what they read. Books that are of high interest to them that they were able to choose means they’re more apt to read them, which is what we all want!

Past donations will be used to support this endeavor, but we are also looking for more support from family, friends, and the community. If you are interested in helping us achieve this goal, please email info@wearecreed.org. To make a donation, please go to: https://www.wearecreed.org/donate/.

If you are interested in learning more about Our Children’s Homestead, go to: https://www.ourchildrenshomestead.org/.

As always, we greatly appreciate your generosity as We Are Creed looks to expand in creating remarkable effects every day!

Where did the books and pajamas go?

We Are Creed donated our Good Night, Sleep Tight Kits to the Pillars Community Health Constance Morris House. Each child and adult surviving domestic violence was gifted a book, a set of pajamas, a mug and hot chocolate, and some candy for Christmas Eve 2018.

In January, we sent Good Night, Sleep Tight kits to a family whose entire home was destroyed in a fire.

As with most of our programs, we are unable to share pictures of our work due to privacy concerns for minors and victims.

We look forward to expanding our programs throughout 2019!

Why Create We Are Creed?

It’s been three and a half years since I left the education world, but it hasn’t stopped me from remembering what support my students needed.

You see, I taught English/Language Arts and Social Studies in a high poverty, rural community in South Carolina. While there are plenty of research statistics that explain how students of poverty face more obstacles than what they’re studying in school, this research didn’t touch my heart as much as seeing my students facing these challenges.

I can tell you about the student that didn’t know how to get home after school, because he didn’t really know where his family was staying for the night.

I can tell you about the students that came in my classroom thrilled that they could have my apple or my crackers. I can tell you about the grumbles from the athletes I coached, who didn’t like bringing team snacks, but it was necessary to know that every one of them had something in their belly before a game, which wasn’t a definite otherwise.

I can tell you about asking the students to count how many books they had in their home only to have them ask if magazines and cookbooks counted then seeing that the number they wrote down the next day could be counted on two hands.

I can tell you about my homeroom one year where most of students had little money at home, but they collected their coins from couch cushions and tabletops to bring canned goods in for the food drive to help the community’s less fortunate.

I can tell you about this great classroom activity called the Butterfly Project where students connected to literature and history for the first time in my class as they experienced empathy in the truest form as we learned about hate, something I hope will always stay with them.

I can also tell you about each kid that I wanted to adopt so they could escape from their world.

After growing up in a very different house in a very different community, I wanted every student I worked with to become lifelong readers. It wasn’t because these children and their families were “my problem”, but because reading is an outlet when you want or need to block out your world. It’s a skill that can change your future, regardless of the type of challenges you may face. Plus it’s lot of fun to exercise your imagination and creativity! I created this organization to give the gift of imagination and the love of reading to all kids, regardless of background, life experience, or situation. Everyone should have the experience of these feelings before becoming an adult, because this skill, this outlet, this world will impact their lives and create remarkable effects every day.

This is why We Are Creed was formed.