Friday, April 30, 2010
Pictured (l-r) are Rachel Treisman, Renee Reiner, and Ally Hirsh with some of the donated books. Contributed photoThree Westport seventh graders on Friday will deliver more than 1,000 donated children’s books to a Bridgeport elementary school.
Childhood friends Ally Hirsh, Renee Reiner, and Rachel Treisman lead a two-month book drive that will culminate with delivery of the books to the fifth grade class of the Achievement First Bridgeport Academy Middle School.
Each of the seventh-graders will be celebrating her Bat Mitzvah in May. The girls got together over dinner on a chilly January evening to brainstorm ideas for a local “mitzvah project” – a volunteer opportunity to give back to the local community.
They quickly settled on the idea of supporting education and focused on organizing a book drive to collect children’s books for an inner-city school library or classroom.
Through a parent connection, the girls made contact with the Charter Oak Challenge Foundation and the Achievement First Bridgeport Academy.
From January through early April, the girls set out and checked book collection boxes, handed out flyers, posted notices with the headline “Got Kids’ Books?” and delivered classroom announcements at Congregation Beth-El and Temple Shalom in Norwalk and at Greens Farms Academy in Westport.
One of the students, Rachel Treisman, has taken her commitment to education and literacy one step further. She set a goal of raising $5,000 in support of Room to Read, an innovative nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enabling global education.
The organization’s mission is based on the belief that education is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty in the developing world.
Since 2000, Room to Read has established more than 700 schools, over 7,000 bilingual libraries with 5 million books, and continues to support the education of more than 7,000 girls.
Treisman chose to support Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program, which provides school fees, textbooks, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation to girls in Africa and Asia.
Thus far, her efforts have generated more than $2,800 in support for Room to Read.
Those interested in donating online in support of her project can do so here.
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