The Center for Child & Family Achievement’s “Read to Achieve” transforms the Bus Depot at the Gregory School into a bookstore, a very special place where over 565 students grades K-5th grade can joyfully select 4-6 books each to read during Spring Break and add to their home libraries.
Over 4,000 books were donated by their book donors including Christine’s Hope for Kids, Trenton Public Library, First Book, United Way of Greater Mercer County and Bridge of Books. The books are free for students who lack access to neighborhood libraries as Trenton has only one Public Library located on the downtown section of the city.
CCFA’s “Read to Achieve” conducts four “Books for Breaks” giveaways per school year at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and an all day 5th Annual Read to Achieve Book Festival that will be held on June 14th in conjunction with the school’s Fun Day.
In addition to promoting and inspiring students to “Read and Achieve,” giving books to students promotes attendance and self confidence. Students enthusiastically selected their favorite books, danced and chanted “Read to Achieve” throughout the day.
Additionally, The Center for Child and Family Achievement understands the importance of students having a positive self image. “A new dress to wear makes me feel good,” said a 2nd grade student as she found a dress during their book distribution at “Books for Breaks.’ Brand new dresses were donate by One Simple Wish. A total of 65 girls grades K to 5th had smiles on their faces as they selected their new dresses and 4-6 books to read for their home libraries.