Through the gift of books, Mustard Seeds seeks to open new worlds to children, to strengthen literacy skills and to encourage reading in schools, community centers and at home. Since 2003 Mustard Seeds has gathered over 12,000 new and gently used children’s books and other learning materials to be sent to underserved schools and community centers in the Espanola area of northern New Mexico where educational resources are lacking. Making good books available to young students can help build a foundation for learning and growth, and can help support the involvement of parents in their children’s education.
Mustard Seeds’ purpose is to tap into the generosity of our communities and to seek out and obtain quality educational materials. After the initial collection, all educational materials are individually reviewed for quality, general condition and appropriateness of content before being shipped to the Mustard Seeds’ coordinator in New Mexico. She is responsible for their distribution to schools and community centers that have requested education materials and have a plan for their use. Among recipients are Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo School), the Santa Clara Day School, La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences (a new charter school) and Native American community centers and libraries.
There are 12 elementary schools in a 20 mile radius of Espanola in northwestern New Mexico serving small towns and rural areas. Most students come from families living at or below poverty level and in homes where there are few if any books. In background, the children are Hispanic, Native American, and Anglo.
Mustard Seeds is based on good will and concern about nurturing the imagination and education of children. If you would like to donate books or other educational materials, or make a donation to cover shipping costs, click on Donate .