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The Elisabeth Morrow School Partners With Project Cicero


The Elisabeth Morrow School (EMS) in Englewood, New Jersey and Project Cicero will partner up this March to host a 16-school Book Drive that will benefit local schoolteachers in the Englewood Public School system and Teach for America Greater Newark. Project Cicero, which has been in existence in NYC for over ten years, takes new and gently used books from donors at public schools and independent schools and redistributes them to needy public schools through an annual book drive.



Project Cicero now has over 100 private, public and parochial schools involved in the drive each year. To date, Project Cicero has placed over 1,850,000 books into 10,500 classrooms and school libraries reaching 450,000 children in under-resourced schools in NYC. This year, for the first time, Project Cicero will expand to Northern New Jersey, benefiting schools in Englewood and Newark.

Host 16-school Book Drive Benefiting Teachers in Englewood Public Schools and Teach for America Greater Newark Saturday, March 9th

Over a two week period, the 16 donor schools will hold independent book drives; the books collected will then be picked up by trucks donated by The Bergen Record and transported to The Elisabeth Morrow School. Once the books reach EMS, volunteers will sort them into categories. Local schoolteachers from the Englewood Public School system and Teach for America Greater Newark will then be invited to EMS to fill suitcases with books of their choosing to be taken back to their classrooms in Englewood and Newark.

To date, the following schools plan to hold book drives in support of Project Cicero:

The Elisabeth Morrow School
Temple Emanu-El Religious School
Dwight-Englewood School
Northern Valley Middle School
Luther Lee Emerson School (Demarest)
County Road School (Demarest)
Bergen Academies
Fort Lee Elementary School #4
Lewis F. Cole Middle School (Ft. Lee)
Fort Lee Elementary School #1
Tenafly Smith Elementary School
Tenafly High School
Solomon Schechter School
Ridgewood High School
Englewood Cliffs North Cliff School
Englewood Cliffs Upper School
The book drive will be held at the Elisabeth Morrow School located at 435 Lydecker Avenue in Englewood, New Jersey on Saturday, March 9th (snow date Sunday, March 10th). Set up and sorting of books will take place on Friday, March 8th. Teachers and volunteers interested in attending must register in advance via email: projectciceronnj@gmail.com.

Project Cicero accepts new and gently used hardcover and paperback books for children (pre-K through grade 12) and young adults. Project Cicero does not accept textbooks, adult books, library discards or out of date non-fiction/reference books.

For more information on Project Cicero, please visit: projectcicero.org.

About The Elisabeth Morrow School
The Elisabeth Morrow School is a premier independent co-educational day school featuring an innovative and engaging Early Childhood, Lower School and Middle School academic programs. Our experienced teachers and nurturing community understand the development of children, with emphasis on character, preparation and placement in outstanding regional high schools. The Elisabeth Morrow School is located in the town of Englewood, in Bergen County, Northern New Jersey. For visits and tours, contact the Admissions Office at admissions@elisabethmorrow.org , 201-568-5566 extension 7212.

PROJECT CICERO is a partnership of independent, public, and parochial schools, private and public organizations and corporations whose primary goal is to supplement or create classroom and school libraries for children in under-resourced New York City public schools through an annual citywide book drive. PROJECT CICERO also puts books into homeless shelters, juvenile detention facilities, community centers, pre and after school programs, and wherever else there is a need. This past year, its twelfth year of operation, PROJECT CICERO distributed more than 150,000 books. To date, PROJECT CICERO has placed 1,800,000 million books into more than 10,000 classrooms and school libraries reaching an estimated 400,000 children in under-resourced schools in New York City.

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