"I just left the classroom this winter to take this job. I'm writing to you for a request. I know you receive many of these throughout the year but please take the time to hear my story. I have been chosen to attend a Summer Institute in Florida for Discovery Education. The Discovery Educator Network is a national program that connects educators with one another. Last summer I was chosen to attend their Regional Institute in Chicago. I am one of two educators representing the state of Michigan at this Institute. Each Institute attendee has been asked to bring a token that represents the state from which we reside. As a former Elementary educator I thought it would be great to give each of the participants a book from a Michigan author. You are not the only author I am requesting this help from. Though the Institute has 60 participants, I was hoping that you might be able to donate 10 paperback books that could be my token to give other participants of the Institute. Again, I realize that requests like these come daily. If you have the resources available to donate 10 books, know that they will be given to educators from a varying number of states, and that they will be MUCH appreciated."
As much as I wish I were a Michigan author we think what she’s doing is legitimate (we looked her up) and for a rather interesting cause.