HAVE YOU DONATED ANY CHILDREN’S BOOKS TO WORCESTER’S BOOK DRIVE?
Worcester School Committee member John Monfredo and his wife (former Nelson Place teacher) Anne-Marie Monfredo, co-chairs of Worcester: the City that Reads, have a goal: to collect 25,000 books for city kids. The books will be given to low-income children, social service agencies, Head Start, the A.C.E. summer program, and a host of other groups for summer reading.
Studies clearly indicate that children in homes that have books are more likely to succeed in school, while children who don’t have adequate reading skills are much more likely to drop out of school. A recent study found that the ability to read well is the single best indicator of future economic success – regardless of family background.
Books can donated by May 15 at the following sites:
• People’s United People’s Bank (Flagship Bank) (all six city branches) including the town of Shrewsbury, Marlboro and Leominster
• Commerce Bank (all four city branches) including Holden
• Bay State Savings Bank (all branches)
• Bank of America ( all Worcester branches)
• Barnes and Noble Book Store on Lincoln Street
• Worcester Public Library
• Stop and Shop on Lincoln Street
• Stop and Shop on Grafton Street
• Stop and Shop on West Boylston Street
• Shaws Market on West Boylston Street
• Shaws Market at Webster Square
• RSVP and the Senior Center on Vernon Street
• Worcester Credit Union
• Starbucks Coffee on one West Boylston Street
• Panera’s on West Boylston Street
• Ben Franklin Book Store on Salem Street
• Light Labs on Shrewsbury Street
• Flying Rhino Restaurant on Shrewsbury Street
• DCU Center
• Jewish Community Center on Salisbury Street
• Worcester East Side CDC at 409 Shrewsbury Street
• Leader’s Way – Kung Fu Academy on Burncoat Street
• Greendale YMCA
– John and Anne Marie Monfredo
By John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee
Worcester: the City that Reads was formed in an attempt to make a difference in Worcester. In our book drive we will need everyone’s assistance. Please donate new or gently used books, pre-kindergarten to grade 8, at the following sites from March 2 to May 15:
People’s United People’s Bank (Flagship Bank) (all six city branches) including the town of Shrewsbury, Marlboro and Leominster
Commerce Bank (all four city branches) including Holden
Bay State Savings Bank (all branches)
Barnes and Noble Book Store on Lincoln Street
Worcester Public Library
Stop and Shop on Lincoln Street
Stop and Shop on Grafton Street
Stop and Shop on West Boylston Street Continue reading Worcester: The City that Reads book drop-off sites
By John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee
Worcester: the City that Reads will kick off its fifth annual drive to collect books for summer reading on March 2 (It’s Read Across America Day sponsored by the National Education Association and the birthday of the famous author, Dr. Seuss). This Committee was founded by my wife Anne-Marie and me in an attempt to promote literacy in our community and promote the importance of being a life-time reader. This is the fifth year of collecting new and gently used books for Worcester children in grades pre-kindergarten to grade eight. In four years we have given out over 60,000 books to the children in this community!
During the last two years the Committee collected over 20,000 books each year. We were able to put a book into the hands of every child in the Worcester Public Schools. The books will be given out to the schools during “Reading in our City Week” in June. Books last year were also given to Head Start, Rainbow Child Development, African Education Institute, the Y.W.C.A., the summer program at St. Bernard’s Church, United Way programs and many other social service agencies.
This year we hope to give some of the hard covered books collected to schools who are starting their own school library. We also would like the schools to conduct a book swap when they return from their summer break, as a way of continuing the importance of reading throughout the year. Continue reading Worcester: The City that Reads book drive – let’s make it 25,000 books this year!
please bring one or two new, unwrapped toys or books to Vincent Pedone’s 18’th annual Christmas Gathering! It’s being held at Coral Seafood restaurant on Shrewsbury Street, December 17, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
‘Tis the season to remember needy kids who may not have all the whiz-bang toys and great books that more fortunate kids do! Especially precious: gifts for older children or teens (many folks shower all their lovin’ on the tiny tots!)