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A Plan for Action

Posted by on March 12, 2014

“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.”

~Jorge Luis Borges

This morning, we were experimenting with how strong different column shapes are. We were surprised by our discoveries … and THAT led us into an AMAZING discussion around our work with Ashli and the Q’enqo library! It’s FUNNY how our our learning often unfolds like this!

We were SHOCKED to see our cylinder holding 100 books. We were SHOCKED that 100 books was really so LITTLE!

We were SHOCKED to see our cylinder holding 100 books. We were SHOCKED that 100 books SOUNDED like SO much but was really SO little!

“Hey … hey, you! Let me tell you a story! Today, in science we did a column challenge. First, we tried the rectangular prism. It held 30 books! WOW! But … what is amazing is the cylinder column held 150 BOOKS! Ahh! Crazy! But, it made us feel bad because the Q’enqo library only has about 120 books!” ~Amy

“Did you know how much a hundred books looks like? If you think it is big it’s actually tiny compared to the books in our classroom. Don’t even mention our school library. In the Q’enqo library they have only about 120 books! So, we are going to donate the Biblioburro book to the Q’enqo library! We are also going to have a special day and raise money for the Q’enqo library! Hopefully the next year’s grade threes will help the library too!” ~Peng Peng

“Today our class did a science experiment. We made three different shapes. A cylinder, a square and a triangle. The triangle held 21 books. The square held 30 books and the cylinder held 150Β books! But, then our class remembered that the Q’enqo library only has 120 books. I mean … our school library has 28 000 books and the Public Library has 115 000 books! So … then we thought of fundraising! We are going to sign a Spanish Biblioburro book to send to Ashli so the next time she goes to the library in Q’enqo she can drop off the Biblioburro book we sign! I think that it is great to have a book there with our names on it!” ~Alex

IMAGINE our surprise when our tiny little card stock cylinder could hold 120 books!

IMAGINE our surprise when our tiny little card stock cylinder could hold 120 books! WAIT … 120 books … THAT’S about as MANY as the Q’enqo library has in Peru!

“What? The Q’enqo library only has 120 books! We should do a fundraiser to get more books in the library. Books are SO important! We got an English and a Spanish version of the Biblioburro which we will all get to sign! I hope we can give them the books soon! We had a cylinder, triangular prism and a rectangular prism. The rectangular prism held 17 books. The triangular prism held 30 books … but the cylinder held 150 books! That’s MORE than the books in the Q’enqo library! We REALLY ned to get those books in the Q’enqo library!” ~Kale

“Wow! Today we found out that card stock, crafted into a cylinder can hold 150 books! That made us think about the Q’enqo library in Peru. The teacher also thought about the Q’enqo library. Then we all thought about a fundraiser so the library in Q’enqo can have MORE books because they only have 120 books. That’s not a lot. Books are important because they can keep you company and you can learn more. So … if you don’t read … start reading!” ~Isaac

“142, 143. 144, 145, 146, 147, 148. 149, 150 … we all said to count the books for a science challenge. Then we all thought of the Q’enqo library and that it only has about 120 books. We had two books of the Biblioburro. One is in Spanish. The other is in English. The Spanish book is for the Q’enqo library and the English book is for our library in the school. Both of the books we will sign. We all thought we should make a fundraiser for the Q’enqo library. I hope the Q’enqo library gets a lot of books!” ~Melvin

“What? That’s what 120 books looks like? Today we were doing a science challenge. We were putting books on top of a cylinder, a rectangular prism and a triangular prism. I couldn’t believe that the cylinder could hold that much. I think it is so sad that they only have 120 books in Q’enqo. The grade threes really want to do a fundraiser. If every one of us brought in a loonie or a twoonie we would have a LOT of money and we could donate all of that money to the Q’enqo library. Then they could buy books! I think books are important because that’s how you learn to write and learn to read. That’s why I think books are important. We even got The Biblioburro books in Spanish and English. I hope they get more books in the Q’enqo library!” ~Aya

Okay ... that's just NOT right ... that cylinder could hold 150 books? WOW! WAIT ... that's even FEWER books than they have in the Q'enqo library in PERU!

Okay … that’s just NOT right … that cylinder could hold 150 books? WOW! WAIT … that’s even MORE books than they have in the Q’enqo library in PERU!

“That is so sad, I thought because we just did a science experiment. It was called the Book Tower. Mrs. Renton made a cylinder and stacked books on top of each other and we got up to 15. We all stared at it and said that is more than the Q’enqo library. Then what we did was we decided about raising some money and donating it so they can get more books. We all agreed to it, so now we are going to raise some money. Mrs. Renton ordered a Biblioburro Spanish version book that everybody is going to sign.” ~Kennedy

“Guess what? I can’t believe that in school we did an experiment about how many books a cylinder, rectangular prism and a triangular prism can carry! Did you know that the cylinder held 150 books? I know that is very shocking! We are going to sign a Spanish book and send it to the Q’enqo library. I am glad that we are sending a book to Q’enqo Peru because they only have 120 books. Wow. That’s SO little, don’t you think?” ~Kelly

“In science we were testing how many books a cylinder could hold. After we got to 120, Mrs. Renton said that’s how many books are in the Q’enqo library. What? We all said NO WAY! So we thought we could give them a book … one for us … and one for them that we sign with all our names! Maybe we can wear pajamas, bring a stuffy and a favourite book and fundraise with a dollar! Books are important because you learn from them.” ~Ethan

“I think libraries are so close to our hearts. β™₯β™₯ They are special because reading is one of the most important things in the world. It’s important because we can learn so many things from books. Did you know that the Q’enqo library has 120 books. Compared to our library we have 28 000 books! If we didn’t have libraries it would be sad. The Q’enqo library is like SO special to me and the rest of Peru. The Grade 3s really want to read a lot. My wish is to see the Q’enqo library.” ~Lane

WHAT?!? LOOK at what happened to the triangular prism after 21 books! The rectangular prism held 30 books ... but ... MAN that cylinder is STRONG!

WHAT?!? LOOK at what happened to the triangular prism after 21 books! The rectangular prism held 30 books … but … MAN that cylinder is STRONG!

“Oh! The Q’enqo library only has 120 books! My class is thinking that we should bring one favourite books and our awesome teddies … with pajamas … but the best part is donating money to Q’enqo. The class was doing science and the shapes were a rectangular prism, a cylinder and a triangular prism. Guess what the cylinder held? 150 books! More than the Q’enqo library. Isn’t that CRAZY? We’re signing our names on a Biblioburro Spanish book for the Q’enqo library!” ~Hilary

“Can you believe that the Q’enqo library only has about 120 books? My teacher got a book called The Biblioburro. She got two of the Biblioburros. One in Spanish and one in English. The Spanish one will go to the Q’enqo library. But, first, we are going to sign it. And, the English version will go to my school library. My school library has 28 000 books. That is a lot more books. I hope we get 28 000 books in the Q’enqo library!” ~Noam

“That’s sad. The Q’enqo library only has around 120 books. It’s heart breaking! We are giving the Q’enqo library a book called the Biblioburro in Spanish AND we MIGHT wear our pjs, bring stuffies and a favourite book … and maybe bring in some money to buy more books for the Q’enqo library! Yah! We also have the English version of it so we have the Spanish one for Q’enqo and the English one for our library! We will sign the Spanish book and send it to Ashli to deliver the book tot he library in Q’enqo Peru. I decide we NEED to get more books in the Q’enqo library.” ~Zyne

“Wow. That is so sad. The Q’enqo library only has 120 books. THAT’S SUPER DUPER CRAZY! Do you know how we got to making this blog post? Well, we were in the middle of doing a science experiment and we were putting books on a cylinder! 149, 150, 151 … oh … the last book doesn’t count … so … we had 150 books! That’s more than the Q’enqo library! And, one more fact … 150 books is LESS than ONE metre stick! So, then that means that the Q’enqo library has LESS than ONE shelf of books! Since the Q’enqo library only has 120 books then we wanted to make a fundraiser for more books. So, Mrs. Renton ordered the Biblioburro in Spanish and English. We are going to sign both books and give the Spanish book to the Q’enqo library and sign the English one and donate it to OUR school library. I LOVE when we get to donate things to people … especially the Q’enqo library! ~Claire

We were SERIOUSLY shocked to see how LITTLE space 150 books took up on one tiny bookshelf. We are INSPIRED to TAKE action! Let's DO something about that library in Q'enqo!

We were SERIOUSLY shocked to see how LITTLE space 150 books took up on one tiny bookshelf. We are INSPIRED to TAKE action! Let’s DO something about that library in Q’enqo!

“Hey! Do you know how many books are in the Q’enqo library? Just 120. And, in our public library it has 115 000! We need to fundraise so we can get more books in the Q’enqo library! Everybody is feeling sad in my classroom because it has 120 books in the Q’enqo library so we think we need to do a fundraiser by making a book day or p.j. day. We are still deciding. The kids in Q’enqo need books because they need to read. If you can not read, you don’t have many choices when you grow up. Just today, because my teacher ordered it, a book was delivered. It is called Biblioburro. It is an English version and a Spanish version. The Spanish version we will give to the library in Q’enqo and the English version we will give to our school library. Our whole class will sign the books. The Biblioburro book is based on a real man and two real donkeys. Now let’s see what will happen. I hope we fundraise a lot of money for the library!” ~Martin

“Wow! 120 books in the Q’enqo library! It sounds like a lot but it’s really a small, small amount. That is so sad. In our public library, we have 115 000 books! Hmm. Maybe we can donate books. But, that costs too much money to send! We could donate money to Q’enqo so they can buy more books. I even thought before that 120 books was so much! It’s really important to know how to read because if your imagination is bigger you can do really big changes! Our teacher got Biblioburro. One is Spanish. One is English. Mrs. Renton said we could all sign our names on it. The Spanish one we will send to Q’enqo. The English one we will give to our library.” ~Catherine

“Today we got some books and out of card stock paper we made a cylinder. On the cylinder we put 150 books. It fell when we got to 151. But, before that, when we were on 120, we had a rest. What?!? Everyone gasped when Mrs. Renton said this is the amount of books they have in the Q’enqo library. It was only a LITTLE pile. So, we decided to have a fundraiser with pajamas, stuffies and a favourite book. We got the Biblioburro book. We are going to sign the second page of the book. We are going to sign the Spanish version of it. And, the English one we are going to sign it and we are going to donate it to OUR library. When we are doing fundraising, we can bring a twoonie or a loonie. Books are so important because if you don’t have books, you can’t learn!!! I wish Q’enqo library will have tons and tons of books.” ~Hannah

“It all started when we did a science experiment. A cylinder held 150 books! Then we thought about the Q’enqo library. It only has around 120 books. When we stared at 150 books on the cylinder I was surprised. We thought 120 books was a lot of books but 150 books was SO small! Mrs. Renton ordered the book Bibliburro in English and Spanish because they speak Spanish in Q’enqo. We are going to sign it. The people who read the book enjoyed it. We are going to fundraise money to get books in the Q’enqo library. The English one we will give to our school library. We want to raise money so Mosqoy can get a part-time librarian and books for the Q’enqo library. I hope the Q’enqo library can get more books and a part time librarian.” ~Daniel

“Hmm. What can we do for a school fundraiser? Oh, I know. We can do a crazy day and bring a twoonie, then give it to Q’enqo. I am happy that we get to sign a book and give it to the library in Q’enqo Peru. It is called Biblioburro. It is about a man who has all kinds of books. Then he gets donkeys and has books and gives them to kids that do not have books. Hey, maybe you can look it up! I hope they get more books! Hey … WE can make that happen!” ~Jenna

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~Dr. Seuss

11 Responses to A Plan for Action

  1. Reva

    Hi all you wonderful Grade Threes!
    Congratulations on your fund-raising efforts. I would like to help. Where can I send my donation?
    I am a friend of Mrs. Renton’s mother. I have visited Cusco. My son lives in Lima. His wife is Peruvian. So I feel close to Peru and admire what you are doing to help your adopted school. Keep up the good work.

    Reva.
    Victoria, BC

    • The Battalion Bloggers

      Hi Reva!

      Thank you for leaving an AWESOME comment on our blog! It was SO thoughtful that you want to help us with our fundraising and send a donation! You really don’t have to send a donation but it was SO sweet of you to offer!

      We haven’t started fundraising yet but Mr. Campbell, our Principal, had a meeting with Mrs. Renton this morning. He said that we could do a school-wide fundraiser in April! Woo HOO! We will make some announcements to tell the school about how the Library Project all started … and about how important books are … and how the library in Q’enqo has so few! On that special day, people will be able to make a donation to help get more books and a part-time librarian IF they want to!

      We are SO excited about this because some of us had brothers and sisters who were in Grade Three ahead of us and they got to help with the library in Q’enqo. One of us said that when she was in Kindergarten her BROTHER got to help. “I was SO excited to be in Grade Three and I really wanted to help with the library in Q’enqo TOO!” Some of us DON’T have older brothers and sisters. Some of us ARE the oldest children in our families … but we talk about the blog and helping the Q’enqo library at home all the time … and our little sisters and brothers want to help too!They’re excited about getting to Grade Three! When we were in Kindergarten we had Grade Three buddies. Some of our buddies told us about the library in Q’enqo … and even in Kindergarten we couldn’t wait to help!

      Do you go to Peru often? Have you ever been to Q’enqo? What about Ollantaytambo? Have you ever tried guinea pig while you have been in Peru? If you have, what did it taste like and did you enjoy it? Have you ever visited Uros Islands? We have SO many questions! We hope you don’t mind!!! πŸ˜‰

      We really look forward to hearing back from you, Reva!

      The Battalion Bloggers πŸ™‚

  2. Kelly

    Hi Mrs.Renton! :). πŸ˜‰

    When are we going to have another post?

    Kelly. πŸ™‚

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Kelly.

      That’s a really good question. I don’t know. We’ve posted a LOT of new posts lately. I know that when something “strikes us as interesting” someone will let us know that it will make a great post! Maybe once we figure out our special activity for fund-raising that will inspire a suitable post!

      Mrs. Renton πŸ™‚

  3. Jenna

    Hello Battalion bloggers.

    Great idea’s about fund-raiser’s. Well I think that a pj bring a stuffies and a great book would be GREAT!!!!

    When I was reading I was thinking,( πŸ˜‰ )do you have any more idea’s for the GREAT day that we are going to have?

    Bye

    Jenna

  4. Kennedy

    Hello Mrs. Renton!!!

    Don’t you think it is amazing that we are going to send the biblioburro book in spanish to Peru to add to there library in Q’enqo, they will be so pleased don’t you think?

    The wear your pyjamas and bring your favourite book oh and I couldn’t forget also bring a stuffy day is an AWESOME idea Mrs.Renton!!! I can’t wait till that day!!!

    Well bye now and have a wonderful spring break!!! πŸ˜‰

    Kennedy!!!

    • Laurie Renton

      Hello, Kennedy!

      I am truly excited about our plans for the Q’enqo library in Peru! I think it would be lovely to know that we have the same version, in English, in OUR library that we can sign out any time we want to … knowing that one of the children in Q’enqo might actually be reading the SPANISH version at the same time!

      We have a lot to do before that special day, Kennedy! We’ll have to decide on a “theme” for the rest of the school … and make some announcements to share what we’ve learned with everyone else in the building! It’s exciting, for SURE, Kennedy!

      Hope your break has been AMAZING! I can’t wait to see everyone on Tuesday!

      Mrs. Renton πŸ™‚

  5. Trina Hurdman

    I saw a video about your class at the Board of Trustees’ meeting this afternoon, and I wanted to write you all a quick note to tell you how impressed I am with your efforts to build a library in Peru. I love reading, and when I was your age, I would actually hide books in the bathroom so that I could read them there after I was supposed to be in bed for the night. I wish you all the best in your fundraising efforts to buy more books for the library!

    Your experiment was also very interesting. I think that I will have to try that out with my kids at home.

    Keep up the great work! I look forward to reading future updates.

    Trina Hurdman
    Trustee, Calgary Board of Education

    • The Battalion Bloggers

      Hello Mrs. Hurdman!

      Thank you for leaving us a comment and subscribing to our blog! It made us feel SO special and very, VERY excited! We really hoped, after sharing our video during the Board of Trustees’ meeting, that at least one of our awesome Trustees would be brave enough to subscribe. Boy … were WE surprised that we even got a comment on TOP of a subscription! Thank you for your compliments! We really enjoyed making that movie for you all! πŸ˜‰

      Mr. Campbell is going to let us do a school-wide fund-raiser on April 25th to buy more books and EVEN help with getting a part-time librarian who can work in the library. We can’t wait to get more books into the library because 120 books is such a tiny amount! We will write a blog post all about our special day!

      Most of us love to read SO much, too! We loved your story about hiding books in the bathroom so that you could continue to read even after you were supposed to be in bed! Some of us wonder WHERE you hid the books in the bathroom … under the towels? In the medicine cabinet? Under the bath mat? One of the bloggers does ALMOST the same thing as YOU did when you were a kid! She waits until everyone else is off to bed … and then she grabs her books … and hangs out with them for a while, in the bathroom! Another blogger hides under the COVERS with a book light to get some extra reading in! A few of us might EVEN be found hiding in the closet, with a flashlight, and a good book! Some of us will even hide them in our pillowcases!

      We love good books. It makes us feel SO good to know that we are helping kids in another part of the world because reading and books are SO important!

      Thank you SO much for leaving an awesome comment for us, Mrs. Hurdman! Keep checking back!

      The Battalion Bloggers πŸ™‚

      PS We hope no one played any April Fool’s pranks on you at your meeting!

  6. Trina Hurdman

    I’m looking forward to your blog post about your fundraiser, and I’m really glad to hear that most of you love to read, too! I loved hearing about where you hide your books so that you can read after bedtime. I used to hide mine under the garbage bin in the bathroom. Now before you all get grossed out, know that my mother kept our house spotless, so under the garbage was just as clean as anywhere else πŸ™‚

    Have you already written a post about your favourite books? I have sons in grades two and four. Do you have any books that you would recommend to them? I’m always looking for suggestions. Right now, they are reading Jon Sciezska’s “Knucklehead” book and really enjoying it. I remember when I first read it aloud to my husband a few years ago, I couldn’t finish one of the chapters because I was laughing so hard. What books make you laugh out loud?

    Trina Hurdman

    PS There were no April Fool’s pranks at the board meeting, although when I saw your Grade Six students in costume, I was a little worried!

    • The Battalion Bloggers

      Hello Mrs. Hurdman!

      Thank you for leaving an awesome comment on the blog! We are really glad that you are looking forward to our post about the fund-raiser for Q’enqo … we’re looking forward to writing it! It’s only NINE more days until we do it … and we’ve already started making announcements to get the rest of the school inspired too! We’re calling it Caps for Q’enqo and anyone at school can make a donation if they want to. They can wear a crazy hat and help us build spirit to get more books and a librarian into our favourite library!

      We have definitely written about books we’ve loved … but the ones we write about on this blog have more to do with Social Studies and being the best for the world! MANY of us have favourite books we could recommend to your sons:

      – Geronimo Stilton and Thea Stilton – they are HILARIOUS!
      – The Mouse Called Wolf
      – The BFG
      – Harry Potter
      – The King, The Mice and The Cheese
      – Stink
      – Bone
      – Percy Jackson
      – Diary of a Wimpy Kid
      – The Magic Treehouse series
      – Ripley’s Believe It or Not
      – Guineas Book of World Records
      – Amulet
      – Flushed Away
      – Star Wars
      – Giants Beware

      We LIKED how you hid your books under the garbage bin! That was pretty smart thinking! No one would think to look for a book there! None of us have read the Knucklehead books. We ALL love a good laugh … so … we’ll have to ask our lovely librarian if we have any in our school library!

      Thanks, again, for leaving such a GREAT comment, Mrs. Hurdman!

      The Battalion Bloggers πŸ™‚

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