The annual book drive runs until December 31, 2021.
Children’s Reading Partners, the West Hartford Rotary Club and the Keller Williams Miale Team have joined forces for the eighth annual Greater Hartford Holiday Book Drive, which runs through December 31. The Reader, which is virtual again this year, is providing new books to preschool and elementary school students who participate in Children’s Reading Partners’ volunteer literacy programs across the region.
âOver the past seven years, we have collected or purchased over 9,000 children’s books in our programs,â said Bennett Forrest of the Miale team, who chairs the drive. âThis year, one hundred percent of online donations will be used to purchase new books for students and classrooms in our programs. We would like to raise at least $ 7,000.
âA lot of the kids in our programs don’t own books or don’t have a lot of books available at home,â added Ronni Breiter, Children’s Reading Partners Program Coordinator. “Having a book called your own builds motivation and instills confidence in reading.”
The West Hartford Rotary Club launched the campaign with a donation of $ 1,000. âWe are delighted to be a partner again this year,â said Kyle Egress, Rotary club president. âIt is gratifying to be able to make a difference in the lives of children in need in the region.
Administered by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Children’s Reading Partners serves at-risk students in the Greater Hartford area. The program offers one-on-one mentoring services during the school year as well as preschool preparation and summer enrichment programs.
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