Thousands of children in Chicopee and Springfield, Massachusetts went back to school with 25,000 new children’s books.
The book donation was through Reader to Reader’s annual Book Extravaganza, which donates tens of thousands of books each year to schools in the Springfield area.
“There is nothing like owning a new book!” says Reader to Reader executive director, David Mazor. “We are very pleased to give these children something special to start their school year.”
The books are from leading authors, including R.L. Stine, Gary Paulsen, Jenny Dale and scientist Stephen Hawking.
“Reader to Reader has been a generous supporter of the Chicopee School District for many year,” says Belcher Elementary principal, Samuel Karlin. “We can always count on them for thousands of books that enhance our children’s lives and strengthen our programs. The wide variety of titles in this year's donation will mean that there is something for everybody.”
The annual Book Extravaganza was made possible by program sponsors Comcast, Scholastic Inc. and Chicopee Savings Bank. Grant support for this program included the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, and the Xeric Foundation.