Helping students “fly away” with books

By Tim Rondeau

More than 100 fourth graders filled the cafeteria of Carl J. Lauro elementary school early on Monday, December 18, their eyes gazing towards over 1000 books available for them to take home.  Our employee volunteers assisted the students in choosing two books each and then helped them write their names on the inside cover.  The excitement of the kids and volunteers alike permeated the room.

Our volunteers arrived early to the elementary school to sort books by grade level.  After all of the books were sorted and set out for the students, the kids were read a story by Books Are Wings staff and designed their own bookmarks.

And the giving didn’t stop there.  Students from every grade at Lauro elementary perused the collection over a span of three days, taking home the books of their choice.

It was a collaboration between National Grid and local Rhode Island nonprofit Books Are Wings, whose mission is simply “to put free books in the hands of children.” And over the past month, our employees took that mission and ran with it.  Book drives were held at our Rhode Island offices and we collected over 1,700 new and lightly used books for the students to enjoy.  And to top it off, the National Grid Foundation donated $10,000 to Books Are Wings.

“Supporting the communities in which we work and play is very important,” said Ed White, executive director of the National Grid Foundation.  “The work Books Are Wings does in supporting literacy and making sure kids have access to books is beyond admirable and we are happy to help in any way we can.”

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