To end bullying against LGBTQ youth and to counter the hate of Fred Phelps, Iowa Safe Schools has re-launched our Phelps Education Campaign. The Phelps Education Campaign is an effort to counter the hate through education and understanding. Individuals, organizations, corporations, or faith communities are welcome to sponsor any or all of the selected books which will be distributed to school and public libraries in the state.... Through distributing these books, we will be able to counter the assault Fred and his family have done against families across the country. The campaign is scheduled to begin Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. and continue through August 31st.
Iowa Safe Schools is doing this project because studies continue to show that having LGBTQ friendly literature in libraries and the classroom reduces bullying. Something as simple as a book will create a more supportive atmosphere for Iowa students and help end the violence and hate many LGBTQ youth face. These books will be followed up with webinars and online education for Iowa educators about how to use these books appropriately.
Books will only be sent to age appropriate levels of schools and libraries. You can order books online or print out a form at iowasafeschools.org
2011 BOOKS :
10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell & Justin Richardson
Annie On My Mind by Nancy Gardner
Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Totally Joe by James Howe
TO SPONSOR ANY OF THE BOOKS JUST GO TO IOWASAFESCHOOLS.ORG