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  1. What is the deadline to mail in bookmarks?
  2. How do I mail in bookmarks?
  3. What if I live outside of the United States?
  4. Can I make bookmarks and keep them? Will they still count towards the Literacy Challenge tally?
  5. How will making bookmarks help kids in other countries improve their literacy? Who provides the funding?
  6. What happens to the bookmarks I mail in?
  7. What is Students Rebuild?
  8. Who are the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge partners? What are their roles?
  9. Why are we being asked to make bookmarks?
  10. What is Literacy Boost?
  11. Where can I donate new/used books?
  12. Do I have to laminate our bookmarks?
  13. Can we make and send in bookmarks more than once?
  14. I forgot my team name. How can I get a hold of it?

What is the deadline to mail in bookmarks?

The deadline to send in bookmarks was June 5, 2015. The Literacy Challenge is now closed. 

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How do I mail in bookmarks?

The Literacy Challenge is now closed; we are unable to accept additional bookmarks.

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What if I live outside of the United States?

Teams who live outside of the U.S. always have the option of submitting "digital" items for each Challenge if the cost of international shipping is too costly. By digital, we mean international teams still sign up for the Challenge, make the item but are allowed to take photos and send those instead of the physical items. We match these digital items with funding the same way as the physical ones we received. Teams in more than 46 countries participated in the Literacy Challenge!

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Can I make bookmarks and keep them? Will they still count towards the Literacy Challenge tally?

Unfortunately, no—teams had to mail their bookmarks to us in order for them to count towards the Literacy Challenge. Those who live outside of the U.S. and participate can keep their bookmarks but we needed photos of them in order to count them towards the Challenge. You can find more details about international rules by reading the answer above this one. 

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How will making bookmarks help kids in other countries improve their literacy? Who provides the funding?

Students Rebuild is a program of the Bezos Family Foundation. How our Challenges work is we ask young people to create a symbolic object, which the foundation matches with funding for a good cause. Not every young person has the means or opportunity to raise funds, so we ask them to show they care by creating something, and then the foundation provides the funding once Students Rebuild receives the symbolic object. This approach allows young people of all backgrounds and in almost any country around the world to take action on critical global issues.

So for the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge, we asked young people to make and mail in bookmarks to Students Rebuild. The Bezos Family Foundation matched each bookmark with $1—up to $300,000—to support Save the Children’s Literacy Boost Program. Through investments in research, public awareness and programs, the foundation works to elevate the field of education and improve life outcomes for all children. You can learn more about the Bezos Family Foundation here

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What happens to the bookmarks I mail in?

Save the Children will distribute a selection of your bookmarks to Literacy Boost students around the world, including within the U.S. We may also make remaining bookmarks available to libraries in the U.S. Funding generated by the Challenge will stock Save the Children’s international book banks in Peru, Mali and Nepal, improve school attendance, reading comprehension and self-confidence. 

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What is Students Rebuild?

Students Rebuild is a collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation that inspires young people to connect, learn and take collective action on critical global issues. Our program began in January, 2010 in response to the devastating Haiti earthquake. Since then, we’ve mobilized thousands of young people in 65 countries—including all states in the U.S. We’ve donated more than $2 million in matching funds to rebuild in Haiti, Japan, the Philippines and Africa—all because students took a stand. Learn more. 

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Who are the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge partners? What are their roles?

Students Rebuild, Save the Children and Global Nomads Group were partners for the Literacy Challenge.

Students Rebuild is a collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation. The foundation matched each bookmark made for the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge with $1—up to $300K—to support Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program.

Save the Children also partnered with Students Rebuild previously on the Typhoon Haiyan Challenge to support survivors of a powerful 2013 storm in the Philippines. The Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge will support Literacy Boost, Save the Children’s signature program in 26 countries designed to help kids—especially the most vulnerable groups—stay in school and learn both inside and outside the classroom. Save the Children is also a partner with Students Rebuild on the Flowers for Nepal Challenge.

Global Nomads Group (GNG) is a founding partner of Students Rebuild and has participated in three previous Students Rebuild Challenges (Haiti, One Million Bones and Water). GNG supported the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge by producing live webcasts from Malawi and Peru, providing video content and special curriculum.

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Why are we being asked to make bookmarks?

These small, simple, functional art objects have been used for centuries by readers young and old. Easy to make and fun to design, bookmarks symbolize not only reading—but continuous reading. Whether it’s a long novel or a beginner chapter book, a bookmark holds your place so you can return over and over again. That’s what the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge is working towards—helping young people all over the world become successful life-long readers and learners.

Also, at Students Rebuild, we believe in the Carl Wilkens quote: "When you make something with your hands, it changes the way you feel, which changes the way you think, which changes the way you act." 

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What is Literacy Boost?

Literacy Boost is Save the Children’s signature program in 26 countries designed to help kids—especially the most vulnerable groups—stay in school and learn both inside and outside the classroom. Learn more about Literacy Boost

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Where can I donate new / used books?

The cost of shipping books overseas can be cost-prohibitive and books are also needed in your own country and community. For those in the U.S., check out the American Libraries Association’s suggestions for local book donation.

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Do I have to laminate our bookmarks?

Lamination was not required, but makes for a longer-lasting bookmark. The Challenge is now closed, so we are no longer accepting bookmarks.

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Can we make and send in bookmarks more than once?

Yes, teams can make Challenge items and send them in anytime throughout the Challenge. We accepted bookmarks between September 8, 2014 and June 5, 2015; the Literacy Challenge is now closed.

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I forgot my team name. How can I get a hold of it?

First, look on our Interactive Team Map to locate your team name by zooming in on your country, state and city. Still can't find it? Contact us at info@studentsrebuild.org!

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