Ms. Mouton was in a fretful state. She wanted each of her students to have a copy of S.E. Hinton’s riveting The Outsiders, a novel that she thought would definitely peak their interest, but the problem was the funding. Even used copies on Amazon were retailing for $6.99, and a quick mental calculation told her that she wouldn’t be able to swing this one out of her personal funds. She’d decided that she was just going to do something else, but decided to post about her plans on Facebook. Her friends loved seeing pictures of the various aspects of her life, and they also enjoyed reading some of the comically insightful comments that her students had made throughout her years of teaching.
Within minutes of the post, Ms. Mouton received a private message from a friend who lived abroad. The friend had read the post and wanted to help. She had quickly established an Amazon registry, similar to the ones created for weddings and baby showers, and within a short time, Ms. Mouton would begin to receive notices that she would receive a copy (or three) of the novel.
Ms. Mouton was overwhelmed by the generosity of strangers who purchased beyond the number of needed copies. There are some who believe that social media is a necessary ill of society; however, in this case we see that power of social media can bring together all in the global village to benefit our students.