Scholastic and Save the Children, the not-for-profit organization that creates lasting change for children in need, have established a long-term education recovery fund which will benefit the children of Haiti. The Scholastic Education Recovery Fund was seeded by a $50,000 contribution from Scholastic following the earthquake as well as an additional $50,000 contribution from Scholastic in connection with the 2010 publication of a new paperback edition of Hope Is an Open Heart by Lauren Thompson.
Hope Is an Open Heart, an inspirational children's picture book, was originally published by Scholastic Press in the wake of the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes to provide encouragement and inspiration for all children dealing with challenging situations. The new, revised version, now available through all of Scholastic’s distribution channels to schools and at bookstores nationwide, features new photographs and text about the January earthquake that ravaged Haiti. The book pays tribute to children's resilience and ability to consider the brighter aspects of life—to be hopeful—even in the most difficult situations.
Scholastic supports organizations that share the company’s mission to provide hope and help, on a long-term basis to children and families after natural disasters. Our focus on the long-term education recovery will ensure that needed resources will help rebuild educational infrastructure in Haiti and provide critical educational materials to children in need. Anyone interested in supporting the Scholastic Education Recovery Fund to benefit Haiti can contribute at www.savethechildren.org/scholastic.