Primrose School students donate more than 800 books

BEDFORD – Students at the Primrose School at Bedford Hills donated more than 800 books to local children in need in honor of Read Across America Day. The books were collected through Primrose’s annual book donation drive and presented to the local chapter of Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy through pediatric offices across the country.

The event concluded with the Kindergarten class taking a field trip to deliver the books to Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) Pediatric Specialties in Manchester. Students were greeted by many smiling employees of CHaD. The children were applauded for their efforts and received a Certificate of Appreciation along with Dr. Seuss hats, which they made while visiting the hospital.

"Primrose’s literacy goals directly align with those of Read Across America Day, and it’s our hope that celebrating this day will encourage parents to establish a regular reading routine with their children and help those in our community recognize the power of early literacy," said Jane Barnes, owner of Primrose School.

Primrose’s book donation drive is a part of Og’s Bountiful Books, a reading program that encourages parents and students to read together and share favorite stories with classmates and children in need. The donation drive is part of the Primrose Promise Giving portion of Primrose’s Balanced Learning curriculum designed to help students learn the importance of giving back to their community through projects.