Committee Chairman Andre is 13 years old and has been a Wonderland BookSaver since its inception in 2012. He is a student at Roger Ludlowe Middle School and plays basketball and violin. He loves both reading and helping people that are in need – so from the start, the Wonderland BookSavers has been a perfect fit for him. In this picture Andre is organizing some of the new books the WBS received from First Book when they were recently in Tennessee. Andre really enjoys spending time with friends and being part of a team of kids who work hard to help their community. His favorite book is Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs. Andre is looking forward to being a Wonderland BookSaver for many years to come.
Director of Book Donations and Acquisitions I am 14 years old and as a founding member of the Wonderland BookSavers, I have been reading, saving and donating books since I was 8 years old.
In this picture I am with our friend Julio, he brings our books both to local children and to children as far away as Peru. These sticker books are going to Peru. I know the children there will love them. I love to read, one of my favorite authors is Rick Riordan. I also like hobbies like Legos, wood shop and cooking. This is my third year participating in a Shakespeare Troupe, Penny Lane Players. This year we performed “Macbeth.” I have also acted in “A Midsummer’s Nights Dream” and “Henry V.” Our Wonderland BookSavers team has competed in Destination Imagination for the past four years. This year I also competed in National History Day, the theme was Leadership and Legacy. I created an exhibit about Mother Teresa who founded the Missionaries of Charity, an international organization with over 1,000,000 volunteers dedicated to helping “the poorest of the poor.” Mother Teresa has been an inspiration for me as we try to get more books to more children each year.
Chairman of the Board/CEO Claire has been participating as a founding member of the Wonderland BookSavers, since its inception in 2012. An avid reader, she enjoys contemplating inspiring pieces, and drawing conclusions from what she reads. She appreciates how unique The Wonderland BookSavers’ charity is, as they draw ideas from the books they read, and use those inspirations to help others in need. Two of her favorite books that she read as a Wonderland BookSaver include A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. The former kindled inspiration for perseverance, while the latter provoked the creativity of their approach to the execution of the project. Both stimulated community service inspirations, facilitating the journey of WBS donations. Other areas of interest include singing, writing and spending time with friends. Additionally, Claire partakes in various academic competitions, such as National History Day, Destination Imagination and the National Latin Exam. She is proud to be a Wonderland BookSaver, saving over 38,000 books and helping kids, “one hill, one valley, one day at a time”(The Single Shard, Linda Sue Park).
Secretary Hello my name is Emma and I am 15 years old. I am a proud, founding member of the Wonderland BookSavers. In this picture I am in Knoxville, Tennessee sorting and packing books which we will distribute to children across the globe. We started our community service book organization as a small summer book club. We read different quality literature and made projects relating to the book that we read. My favorite project and book that we read as a group was Chinese Cinderella, by Adeline Yen Mah. We prepared Asian food such as peanut butter noodles, egg drop soup, and marinated shish kabobs before we sat down and feasted while discussing the book. The plot of the story is about Adeline (the main character) being the unlucky and unwanted child whose mother died after her birth. Her father remarries a snob who treats her own two children far better than Adeline and her siblings. She is sent off to boarding school where she stays for a few years hardly ever visiting her parents. She was a fabulous student receiving awards for being the top of her class. One day at school she is picked up by a chauffeur and taken to her home where her father tells her that she won a prize in a play-writing competition that she had entered. She pleads to go to England to study and her wish is granted making the story have a happy ending. Outside of WBS my favorite book that I have recently read independently was The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I enjoyed it because of the tragic start and the humor and sadness involved which all lead to a happy ending. Reading is an important everyday part of my life that I enjoy sharing with less fortunate children through our organization.
Assistant Secretary and Co Head of Toy Division I am reading The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson, to a pre-kindergarten class. Can you tell that it is St. Patrick’s Day? Henry Brooks is a student at Fairfield Country Day School. Henry has 5 siblings. Activities that he enjoys include playing the violin, baseball, lacrosse, hockey, and soccer. His favorite subject is reading. His favorite book from the Wonderland BookSavers is Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. One of his favorite books outside of the Wonderland BookSavers is Percy Jackson: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. He has been a member of Wonderland Booksavers since 2012 and has enjoyed participating in Destination Imagination representing WBS. His favorite community service is Reading for Kindness and looks forward to sharing it with children across the United States and the world.
A founding member of the Wonderland BookSavers, Maddie possesses an energetic personality as well as an unquenchable curiosity. She strives to become adept at many different activities. Maddie is devoted to reading, sailing, lacrosse and her academics. Her favorite book that she has read in Wonderland BookSavers is Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. She is intrigued by the concept of a dog, an animal of fidelity, shaping a boy into a man as his father is absent during critical years of the boy’s life. Outside of Wonderland BookSavers, Maddie’s favorite book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald since the book accurately describes a society brimming with pleasure yet concealing the unseen plagues which are the fruit of such a lifestyle. Her favorite community service project within Wonderland BookSavers was their first book donation, in 2012, to New Beginnings Family Academy, because it was when she fully understood the importance of books to those who lack literature.
Vice Chairman of the Board/President My name is Pierce and I am 17. I have been a member of the Wonderland BookSavers for years. When we first started I helped organize and box all the books. At that time we thought 20 or 50 boxes of books was a lot of boxes. Soon we thought 100 boxes was a lot. Now we can put 100 boxes on a truck and the truck is filled and we still have 100’s more ready to send out across the world. One thing that has been so surprising about this project is the number of kids that have gotten involved. Originally there were just 4, then 7, now 9. In total, we have had over 1,000 kids helping us with our donations. Having two younger brothers, I am accustomed to understanding and communicating with younger children, and I love getting kids excited about reading, books and helping kids around the world get a better education. In this picture I am packaging school supplies that we will be sending to Zimbabwe.
COO ex officio I am 18 years old, but I have been boxing books and loading trucks with the Wonderland BookSavers since I was 13 years old! My fascination with primary source research and African history has guided my involvement with Wonderland BookSavers. Last year I led a National History Day project (along with Maddie and Claire), focusing on King Leopold of Belgium’s Congo Genocide. Providing children in need with opportunities to read is a priority for me because I believe reading is not only the key to success, but also to a life long love of learning. Wonderland BookSavers is special to me because we make positive change in people’s lives by providing them with the resources needed so they can develop their own abilities and strengthen their own environment, thus truly making a world of difference.
In this picture I portray a 10ft. Yeti made of 100% recycled materials who brings both “physical and spiritual warmth to children in need” Destination Imagination Global Finals 2015 Da Vinci Award
Treasurer and Co Head of Toy Division I am ten years old. I am the youngest Wonderland BookSaver. I like the Wonderland BookSavers because we are always reading new books. My favorite book I read this year is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. This book was fun because I liked reading about the unusual ways they made the candies. Whipped cream was made by whipping the cows! I really liked the oompa loompa songs. I also belong to the library book club, Classics ‘n a Slice. This year we are reading stories about animals. We just finished Thunder From the Sea, by Joan Hiatt Harlow. School supplies are my favorite donation item to collect. A first grade teacher at our school gives me pencils, crayons and markers. We bundle them in shoeboxes and send them to Zimbabwe. I love bringing books to other schools. It is exciting to visit new schools and places and meet new kids. Sometimes you have to work really hard but I like helping out. One of the best parts of being a member of the WBS is that I have so many books, when I finish mine I can just go to my garage and get a new one!
Alison is our founding Team Manager. She has introduced us to our community partners and encourages us as we continually strive to accomplish new goals. She keeps us focused on our goal of global literacy. Alison graduated from School of Visual Arts in New York City, studying fine art photography. She has worked in carnivals as both a puppeteer and face painter. More professionally, she has worked as a business consultant with clients that include Toys R Us, Time, Inc., The Wall Street Journal and many others. Currently, she is President of the Board of Pequot Library and president of Glimm Analytics. She is the mother of eight children, and a team manager for several National History Day and Destination Imagination teams, all of which have successfully competed, over many years, at the National and Global levels. In addition to supporting the Wonderland BookSavers, Alison enjoys writing for her quirky blog, Homeschool HappyMess.