Who Is Sandy Chin?
Sandy Chin is a Portfolio Manager and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) with Tidal Bore Capital. She and her NYC partner have two children, Taggart and Nolan, age four and six, and Abby, their dog who is twelve-years-old. At Tidal Bore, she started a consumer staples hedge fund. These products such as sugar, food, beverages, and other essential household products are items the consumer will not usually stop buying or experience a decline in sales in a declining market. Sandy has a life-long love of books and learning. She volunteers at her children’s school Public School 11 (PS11) William T. Harris School in NYC’s West Side. Sandy loves the NY Rangers, cooking, singing karaoke, running, and weight training. She speaks French conversationally, and Russian a little, though not proficiently.
In a recent interview with Idea Mensch, they asked what she would tell her younger self. She stated, “Always ask for more. More work, more promotions, greater salary, more opportunities.”
The Summer Reading Program, A “West Side Story”
Nolan attends William T. Harris School where his mother is a very active volunteer. Sandy’s love of books led her to the conclusion that many children in the area served by the school could not afford books. Inhabitants of two low-income housing developments go to PS11, a large multi-cultural school.
Realizing that many children do not read during summer vacation for a variety of reason, she considered a book drive to get more books into the hands of her son’s classmates and the rest of the school. During the school year, book reports and other reading assignments keep children busy with books.
However, during the months of summer vacation, many children backslide on their reading ability. Some very noticeably; in fact, some regress a full-grade reading level in those three months, while others who are encouraged to read by parents or siblings progress because they have more time to read.
The Book Drive
Although Sandy Chin, other parents, and the teachers asked people to donate books appropriate for a list of reading levels, many had no idea of the reading level of their books. They named their book drive, “Books, Boxes, and Bodies, which collected over three thousand books.
To gift each child their very own book of choice, they first had to label each book for reading level. They’re hoping this will become an annual event before the summer recess. They intend to build on their successes and learn from their errors. However, supplying books to that many children is no mistake!