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Booked Kids Trip 1: Planting Day at Union Market

The goal of Booked Kids is to create dynamic learning environments where parents and community volunteers can also coach children in reading. On our inaugural trip, I am proud to say we did just that! We took 9 children on a planting activity at Union Market, a popular Washington DC food market. Not only did the…

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What I Learned From 12 Rejection Letters

IT HURT. My first rejection letter came from the University of Michigan Business School. I kept refreshing my email to see if I’d get a follow-up response explaining some technical issue. No such response came. It hurt, but I figured I just had to get in to at least one school. The University of Pennsylvania…

What is Booked Kids?

Mission By promoting literacy in dynamic learning environments, Booked Kids teaches children to travel anywhere with a book.  What We Do We enable children ages 5-11 to discover new possibilities by designing educational trips within their community. The possibilities are magnified when parents are partnered with their children to complete grade-appropriate reading activities at a specified…

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[Who Do I Think I Am?] Booked Kids Launch

“I’ve never seen the White House in real life,” my student said as we read her favorite book, Grace for President. As only children can, she candidly continued without prompt. “We don’t have money, and only rich people can go to the White House.” She turned the page without skipping a beat. Meanwhile, I had…

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Facing Fear

I COULD NOT UNDERSTAND HER FEAR. Here was this elderly and wealthy woman who was terrified of small children ages 5-10. I run a literacy center for a non-profit that invites community volunteers to work with children who are behind grade-level in reading. Out of my 55 volunteers, this elderly woman far exceeds any other…

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On the Search for a Real Africa

Growing up, I had always been ashamed. There were no brilliant revolutions to brag about. There were no exotic pictures to show off to friends. In fact, I would likely never bring it up if it weren’t for the inevitable question that follows after someone butchers my name, “Where are you from?” If the cards…

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There’s a Crime Scene Outside My House

There’s a crime scene outside my house. It’s not even 9:00pm on a Sunday evening, and there’s a crime scene outside my house. I’m willing my eyes to stay shut, but they are wide open. I’m not dreaming. There’s a crime scene outside my house. He’s the boy who lived across the street. It’s not…

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El Nido: A Traveler’s Paradise

After traveling in China, I needed a place where I could relax, be able to get around using English, and bask in the sun. With cheap flights from Beijing, I found that the Philippines was my best bet. However, choosing an island in the Philippines was the next thing I had to consider. I didn’t…