CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Schoolchildren throughout the Pioneer Valley will have a greater choice of books to read this summer, thanks to an international organization and the help of a local bank.
Fifteen thousand books have been donated to local children by the group Reader to Reader. The group’s executive director, David Mazor, told 22News that the donation was made with the help of donated funds from Chicopee Savings Bank.
“Well we really appreciate the support of the Chicopee Savings Bank Foundation, and we’ve worked with a number of leading publishers who’ve donated tens of thousands of books every year,” Mazor said.
22News saw some of the donated books at the Belcher School in Chicopee Thursday. They will be dispersed to children from elementary school through high school levels.
Belcher School second graders told 22News that they’re grateful to the Reader to Reader program.
“When he gives away the books, kids can read a lot more, and if they don’t have books that is very nice so kids can have something to read and they learn from books,” second grader Shannon Caloon said.
Mazor told 22News that he believes reading is not only the key to knowledge, but all other good things in life, and this is why they do this work- promoting literacy in countries as far away as Bolivia.