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  • Writer's pictureTara Aldrich

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

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Imagination sparks joy like nothing else in the world. We’ve all learned from a young age that reading is the best way to tune in to the endless possibilities of our minds. So, let’s share this gift of exploration and reading with our youth. It is time for Philadelphia to overcome insufficient reading levels and take on the young explorers who are ready to make positive changes within our city! Let us ignite a passion for knowledge while inspiring a lifelong love of reading amongst our local youth!

The time to celebrate our 6th Annual Children’s Book Drive is finally here! From March 11th-April 26th, join us in eradicating the city of Philadelphia’s book deserts. We are inspired by the 100th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week! With the theme being, “Read Now. Read Forever.”, we continue to encourage local youth to cherish the joy of reading, learning and growing.

WHAT TO DONATE: Please donate new and gently used children’s books only! You can also make a monetary donation, to assist with the purchase of new books, using one of our fundraising apps.

OUR FUNDRAISING APPS: Cash App: $EducatorsOnCall PayPal:

WHO IS IT FOR: Infants to eighth graders.

OUR CONTACT INFO: If you have any questions about how you can get involved in giving the gift of reading to our youth in Philadelphia, please feel free to give us a call at (888)248-4898 or send us an email at


COLLECTION SITE SPONSORS: (Drop off to any of the below locations at the available time slots!)

Educators On Call Office Archways Professional Building 413 Johnson St, Suite 214 Jenkintown, PA 19046 Monday-Friday 10 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Amalgam Comics 2578 Frankford Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125 Monday-Friday: 7 A.M. - 8 P.M Saturday: 8 A.M. - 8 P.M. Sunday: 10 A.M.- 6 P.M

Dreams Ice Cream Factory 33 E. Glenside Ave. Glenside, PA 19038 Monday-Sunday: 5 P.M. - 10 P.M.

Sweet Escape Cupcakery 723 West Ave. Jenkintown, PA 19046 Tuesday: 12 P.M. - 6 P.M. Wednesday & Thursday: 11 A.M. - 6 P.M. Friday & Saturday: 11 A.M. - 7 P.M.

#BookDrive #EOCBookDrive #6thAnnualBookDrive

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  • Writer's pictureTara Aldrich

Read more about Esther, our awesome March sub of the month!

How long have you been a substitute teacher? 

I taught 7th-12th English and Middle School Math for 13 years!

Why did you choose education as a career? 

Though education was my fourth career, it has always been my passion. Teaching elementary school, kindergarten to fourth grade, has also been an awesome experience. I enjoy the little darlings.

What is your fondest memory of a substitute teacher? 

As a professional teacher and student, I am always learning more and more so that I can share the knowledge and life's experiences with my children.

Why is being a substitute teacher important? 

After retiring from the School District of Philadelphia in 2014, my husband and I took time to relax and travel, but I was missing teaching. My experience at Educators on Call since December 2018, has given me the opportunity to return to the classroom and has exposed me to teaching subjects outside of my certified area. Every time I get the opportunity to do so, I accept the challenge with joy. I may have to do a little research on a subject to prepare for a class, but I don't mind. I don't want the students to miss a beat!

Would you like to share anything else? 

Thank you again, Educators on Call, for this honor. Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father and, from the Lord Jesus Christ.

#SuboftheMonth #SubstituteTeacher #Educators #Subs #EOC

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  • Writer's pictureTara Aldrich

March is International Women's History Month. Let's acknowledge the great women around the world.

“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow." Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human...One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

SHE IS a Children’s & Women’s Rights Activist and a voice for underprivileged females across the world. As the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, she continues to fearlessly demand that young girls be provided with the best possible education.

“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.”

SHE IS a Burmese political leader, author, and activist. She strongly chose to remain under house arrest for over 15 years when she was forcibly demanded to leave her country and it’s people behind. She eventually went on to become the leader of the National League for Democracy and even won a Nobel Peace Prize for honoring her people so genuinely.

“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”

SHE IS an American Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist. By creating the Agricultural Workers Association, she worked hard to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers. She is a hero in the Latino community. In her brief career of being an Elementary School teacher, she witnessed a number of students who would attend class without decent clothing or enough food. This burdened her heart heavily but eventually allowed her to become a part of founding Stockton’s Community Services Organization. Together, they stood to spread awareness on voting rights, discrimination and police brutality against Mexican-Americans.

“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance — and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”

SHE IS a philanthropist, actress, and leader. She is an activist for Children’s Rights, as she proposed on creating a nationwide database of convicted child abusers in 1994 to spread awareness and bring an end to abuse. Winfrey founded Family for Better Lives foundation and has donated a plethora of money to various charities and programs in and outside of the country.

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

SHE IS an American anthropologist, author, and motivator. This Philadelphia-born scholar was famous for her work in science and her studies on the psychology and culture of the people of Oceania. Mead used her voice to speak out on issues concerning women’s rights, child rearing, racial relations and much more.

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

SHE IS a Womanist, writer and Civil Rights Activist. She is known as a warrior in the community, as she’s utilized her creative abilities to fight diligently against racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.

“I’ve grown most not from victories, but setbacks. If winning is God’s reward, then losing is how he teaches us.”

SHE IS an American tennis player and motivator. This revolutionary athlete has become a symbol of strength, with her fierce attitude towards her sport and lifestyle. She is a role model to women everywhere, encouraging them to fight double standards and unapologetically accept greatness.

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”
“Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.”

SHE IS an educator, women’s rights leader, and advisor. She aided in helping educate African-American student after the war and later became a co-founder of an organization that funds scholarships for black students. Working as an advisor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she became a great change maker in the world of education, especially serving African-American youth.

“The function of freedom is to free someone else.”

#InternationalWomensMonth #WomensMonth #WomensDay #Women #WomenofColor #Strength #March #EducatorsOnCall #EOC

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