The dedication of Sandy Chin in improving the reading culture at New York’s PS11

Instilling the culture of reading in children at a young age is paramount as it inclines them to seek more knowledge as they grow up. While teachers in schools do the noblest of works to keep children engaged in books and education, it is the role of the parents and society to keep the kids reading when they break for the holidays. Sandy Chin, the founder of Tidal Bore Capital, is one of the few members in the society who takes it is as her business to have kids remain engrossed in books, even during the holidays, especially, the three-month-long summer break.


It is in the same spirit that Sandy Chin, took up the challenge at PS11, West Side New York City public elementary school. Chin noticed that most children attending PS11, also called the William T. Harris School, had more craving for book reading than there were books. Sandy Chin gathered that most of these kids did not have access to books when the school closed for the summer holiday.


According to Medium, children are more likely to forget what they learned, if, for a period of three months, they are not engaged in books. She calls this a summer slide, which is a common occurrence for children who do not read at all in the holidays because they do not have access to books or because their guardians do not encourage them to read.


For Sandy Chin’s son, who also attends PS11, reading is a culture, a norm, and a way of life that has been ingrained in him. To solve the challenge of having inadequate books for the kids, Sandy Chin and other like-minded volunteers tunneled their energy to organize a summer book drive at PS11. Resultantly, they had more books donated than the kids in all grades would read.


More about Sandy Chin


Sandy Chin has been in the finance sector for more than 20 years where she has worked at several top-tier organizations before she started Tidal Bore Capital in 2016. These companies include Visium Asset Management where he worked as a portfolio manager, SAC Capital Management, and Moore Capital Management. Sandy Chin attended Columbia University where she attained her BA in political science. Additionally, she holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. Chin lives in New York City with her husband and two kids, Nolan & Taggart. Learn more about Sandy on LinkedIn.