We at Scholastic are deeply committed to helping the individual child learn and grow. What we do every day is start with the child that we’re trying to reach – this is the foundation of our work. We think about what that child is experiencing, what their frame of reference is, what they might know or not know. We think about their hopes and aspirations. Most of all, we try to reach the very heart of that child and understand what they will uniquely respond to. What will change the way they think about themselves and the world? What will give them the tools and skills they need to navigate their own future, and the future of the 21st century? We believe our strength as a company comes from all the people we engage with every day, especially the many millions of kids in classrooms, at home and in libraries across the United States and throughout the world. We bring them stories and information that will interest them, and play a part in engaging their teachers, schools, and parents to pull all these pieces together so that child can have a moment of understanding. It takes a village to do this. In fact, it takes ten thousand people at Scholastic all over the world.
Over the course of the last 100 years, we at Scholastic have always believed it’s possible to find that one special thing that can awaken a child to new possibilities. We were doing the same thing in 1920 as we’re doing in 2020 – trying to understand what is happening right now in a child’s life that matters most. Is it a piece of information on social media, or a question they encountered in the classroom? Our job is to figure out how we connect to them at their level about those topics and bring them into focus through stories and information. When we do this, a child can better understand, “How do I fit in? What do I want to be? What do I need to make myself better?” When we do this, we can engage kids in the ideas that will help them relate to each other and create a better world. This is what keeps us relevant and ever present in our society. This is what has fueled us every day for the past 100 years, and for the next 100 to come.
This is an incredible milestone and a shining moment for our company. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope you’ll take a moment to explore this website to see where we began, and how the roots of a single idea my father had have grown into what we are today.