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    This year the Brookridge Elementary PTA, in partnership with the Johnson County Library, is doing a Read-a-Thon in lieu of our annual fundraiser. The purpose of this event is to encourage students to develop a lifelong love of reading while raising money to support our school. This event allows both remote and in-person students to participate and earn prizes. To donate online, make sure you fill in the form below so we can attribute your donation to the proper child as well as using the 'DONATE' button for your actual transaction.
    • 107.70% Funded
    • $4,308.00 Pledged
    • Campaign has ended

What an incredible time to be a parent. Every year brings challenges, but 2020 has certainly separated itself from the pack in terms of the extraordinary impact of the pandemic on our children’s lives and the uncertainty on how their education will proceed in the immediate future. Brookridge Elementary has always been a great community and if we were ever called to band together then this is the year. We ask you to partner with the rest of us in figuring out how we can best support our children as we move forward and through this pandemic. We welcome any and all input and help in evolving the PTA to meet the needs and challenges of 2020 and beyond.

Brookridge Elementary PTA
Brookridge Elementary PTA2 weeks ago
Terrific article in the Shawnee Mission Post about the SMAC-PTA book drive! Posting entire article below in case you aren't a SMP subscriber:

The Shawnee Mission Area Council and Parent Teacher Association recently concluded a drive to collect diverse books for local students.

Tash Davis, SMAC-PTA president, said the drive was sparked, in part, by a growing desire by PTA members to reach students after nearly a year of at-home and hybrid learning.

Davis said the goal is to expose students to books written by authors and featuring characters of different backgrounds, cultures and perspectives.

“We hope all of our students have the opportunity to learn about, recognize, value and embrace the uniqueness of their classmates, and the community they live in through reading,” Davis said.

The main drive was concluded on March 21 — with about 560 of the 600 requested books purchased — but Davis said SMAC-PTA is still accepting donations.

Requested books can be found online here, in the form of Amazon wish lists.

Below is a list of some of the most requested books from lists supplied by Shawnee Mission area librarians, broken down into upper and lower level reading ages.

If you’re interested in suggesting some diverse reading material for your child, start here:

Higher grade levels

“Refugee” by Alan Gratz
“American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang
“Just as I Am: A Memoir” by Cicely Tyson
“I am Malala” by Malala Yousafazi
“The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros
“The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri
“Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum
“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian” By Sherman Alexie
“When You Trap a Tiger” by Tae Keller
“Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens” by Marieke Nijkamp
“The Year I Didn’t Eat” by Samuel Pollen
Younger grade levels

“Other Words for Home” by Jasmine Warga
“From the Desk of Zoe Washington” by Janae Marks
“Under my Hijab” by Hena Khan
“The Skin You Live In” by Michael Tyler
“The Day You Begin” by Jacqueline Woodson
“Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña
“Eyes that Kiss in the Corners” by Joanna Ho
“All Are Welcome” by Alexandra Penfold
“My Papi Has A Motorcycle” by Isabel Quintero
“Hair Love” by Matthew A. Cherry
“The Invisible Boy” by Trudy Ludwig
Brookridge Elementary PTA
Brookridge Elementary PTA3 weeks ago
TODAY! ALL DAY! MR. P'Z GIVE-BACK FUNDRAISER. Tell them you're with Brookridge and they'll give 10% back to our school. Might we rec the French Dip....chicken fingers...ribs...pretzels...basically everything!!!
Brookridge Elementary PTA
Brookridge Elementary PTA3 weeks ago
TODAY! ALL DAY! MR. P'Z GIVE-BACK FUNDRAISER. Tell them you're with Brookridge and they'll give 10% back to our school. Might we rec the French Dip....chicken fingers...ribs...pretzels...basically everything!!!
Brookridge Elementary PTA
Brookridge Elementary PTA3 weeks ago
ONE HOUR (11AM) UNTIL YOUR BRACKETS ARE DUE! Please consider participating in this fun(draiser)!!! Share with neighbors, community, friends, family 🙂
Brookridge Elementary PTA
Brookridge Elementary PTA3 weeks ago
Only a day left to turn in those brackets!!! MARCH MADNESS!!!!!!
Brookridge Elementary PTA
Brookridge Elementary PTA4 weeks ago
ATTENTION! Mr. P’z is NEXT MONDAY, March 22! The newsletter stated it’s tonight (our bad—not Doc Y’s). See you there next Monday. OR: go tonight and Monday, March 22!