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Online Book Drive Will Benefit At-Risk Students in Greater Hartford Public Schools

Children’s Reading Partners’ Virtual Holiday Book Drive will provide local at-risk students with new books of their very own. Shown here is a student from a prior program sharing his favorite book with a staff member. Courtesy photo (we-ha.com file photo)

Children’s Reading Partners, the West Hartford Rotary Club, and the Miale Team at Keller Williams Legacy Partners are collaborating on a book drive that runs through Jan. 5, 2024.


Children’s Reading Partners, the West Hartford Rotary Club, and the Miale Team at Keller Williams Legacy Partners, have joined forces for the tenth annual Greater Hartford Holiday Book Drive, which will began Nov. 24 and will run through Jan. 5. 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.

“We can’t believe this is our tenth year holding this book drive,” said Bennett Forrest of The Miale Team, who chairs the drive. “Over the years we have raised thousands of dollars and delivered thousands of books to students in need. The Rotary Club of West Hartford and Miale Team at Keller Williams are proud to support the efforts of the Children’s Reading Partners each year.”

“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. “Getting books into the hands of kids can change their life,” said Rotary Club President Rick Liftig. “The Rotary Club is very proud to be able to help in this effort.”

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 and through a summer reading league.

To donate to the Holiday Book Drive, visit https://www.jewishhartford.org/2023HolidayBookDrive. To learn more about Children’s Reading Partners, visit www.children reading partners.org.

About Children’s Reading Partners

Children’s Reading Partners is an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.  Major grant funding is provided by: Liberty Bank Foundation, the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, SBM Charitable Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving/West Hartford Greater Together Community Fund, the George & Grace L. Long Foundation at Bank of America, and GYL Financial Synergies.

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