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Online Book Drive Benefits At-Risk Students in Local Schools

The West Hartford Rotary Club donated $1,000 to kick off the eighth annual Greater Hartford Holiday Book Drive, which purchases new books for local at-risk students. From left: Kyle Egress, Rotary Club president; Ronni Breiter, Children’s Reading Partners program director; and Bennett Forrest of The Miale Team at Keller Williams, who chairs the drive. Courtesy photo

Children’s Reading Partners is partnering with the West Hartford Rotary Club, and the Miale Team at Keller Williams Legacy Partners to hold a book drive through Jan. 1 in support of children in Greater Hartford area public schools.


Children’s Reading Partners, the West Hartford Rotary Club, and the Miale Team at Keller Williams Legacy Partners, have joined forces for the ninth annual Greater Hartford Holiday Book Drive, which began Nov. 28 and will run through Jan. 1,, 2023. The drive, which is virtual again this year, provides new books to preschool and elementary students who participate in Children’s Reading Partners’ volunteer literacy programs across the region.

“Over the past nine years, we’ve collected or purchased more than 10,000 books for kids in our programs,” said Bennett Forrest of The Miale Team, who chairs the drive. “This year, one hundred percent of online donations will go to buy new books for students and classrooms in our programs. We’d like to increase our donations from $7,000 to $10,000, as the cost of living has gone up.”

“Many of the children in our programs do not own a book of their own or have books available in their homes,” added Children’s Reading Partners Program Director Ronni Breiter. “Having a book selected just for them builds motivation and instills reading confidence. Our children’s faces light up when they receive their personal gift!”

The West Hartford Rotary Club kicked off the drive with a donation of $1,000. “We’re pleased to be a partner again this year,” said Rotary Club President Kyle Egress. “It’s gratifying to be able to make a difference in the lives of local kids in need.”

Administered by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Children’s Reading Partners serves at-risk students in the Greater Hartford area. The program provides one-on-one mentoring services during the school year as well as through preschool readiness and summer enrichment programs.

To donate to the Holiday Book Drive, visit bit.ly/2022HolidayBookDrive To learn more about Children’s Reading Partners, visit www.childrensreadingpartners.org or visit @love4literacy on Facebook.

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