BW Reads! #GiveAtHomeMN

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A nonprofit fundraiser supporting

Legacy of Dr. Josie R. Johnson Montessori

Join us in coming together as a community even though we are apart.


raised by 64 people

$5,000 goal

We feel the love! Let's keep it up!

Update posted 4 years ago

Bright Water family, we feel the love! Thank you for showing up and helping us burst through our $3,000 fundraising goal!

Shana Moses, our board chair, is inviting us to extend our reach to $5,000! We have 3 days left - let's get it!

#GiveAtHomeMN, a virtual fundraising event is taking place May 1 - 8 for nonprofits and schools all across Minnesota. With cancellations of our spring fundraising efforts, we rely on the support of our community now more than ever.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic school closures, Bright Water students were fighting for a different narrative. The turnaround school, identified two years ago due to it's low academic testing, is taking measures to make a new name for itself. New administrators Tonicia and Jamal Abdur Salaam have re-ignited the school, creating new pathways to opportunity and achievement. With a proud 79% of staff identifying as people of color, all adults at Bright Water are creating a new culture, one that was not possible in previous years. 

COVID-19 interrupted the school's Read-a-thon which boasted record numbers of hours of students proudly reading and tallying points. With school closure, we know that any amount of time out of the classroom can be detrimental to students' learning, especially for those who are already behind grade level. 

BW Reads is a joint effort with the WeWin Institute. We believe that Touching the Spirit of all children. One of the ways we know that all students will be touched is through the extension of literacy and ensuring they have books that not only look like them, but speak to their experiences.

Join us in our Bright Water Reads #GiveAtHomeMN fundraiser. Our goal is to raise $3,000 to help toward creating a "summer bundle" (10 books and math workbooks) for each scholar to continue learning through the summer.


In addition to student learning resources, the school has also done following to support our BW families in this time of crisis:

  • Meal bags, groceries, and essential supplies (toiletries, etc) for families, especially those without means for transportation.

  • Gift cards for families who have been heavily impacted by reduced hours, layoffs, furloughs, and closed industries.

  • Tablets with cellular data in the hands of every elementary student to use at home.

  • Continued weekly meal (breakfast and lunch) boxes, distance learning packets, and school supplies delivered to each student's home.


Please give generously. Thank you.

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