The Elisabeth Morrow School will once again partner with Project Cicero NNJ and Teach for America
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 02:29 PM EDT
Project Cicero NNJ Collected 35,000 books in 2 week long Book Drive in Inaugural Year
The Elisabeth Morrow School (EMS) in Englewood, New Jersey will once again partner with Project Cicero NNJ to host a book drive that will benefit local schoolteachers from under-resourced schools in Northern New Jersey. This past March, in its inaugural year, Project Cicero NNJ collected approximately 35,000 books from individuals and families from 21 local schools to help supplement or create classroom libraries for teachers of the Englewood Public School District and Teach for America- Greater Newark. Approximately 200 teachers from those districts attended the book drive at The Elisabeth Morrow School held on March 9, 2013 and were able to select books to take back to their classrooms, thanks to the generous donation of boxes from Staples and Lowenstein Sandler LLP and a truck supplied by North Jersey Media Group.
Project Cicero, which was created 12 years ago and is named after famed Roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero, has reached 425,000 children by placing more than 2 million books into 10,000 schools and libraries. Project Cicero receives donations from individuals and families from over 100 independent, public and parochial schools each year, and has received generous contributions from many book publishers. Project Cicero NNJ was started in 2013 by Teddi Hunter and Jennifer Backer, two Bergen county residents, who have known each other since childhood and who sought to replicate the incredible work of Project Cicero in NY.
Now in its second year, Project Cicero NNJ is planning to include more donor schools and is excited to expand the number of teachers who can benefit from the book drive.
The following 21 schools participated in book collections last February and March:
The Elisabeth Morrow School Temple Emanu-El Religious School Dwight-Englewood School Northern Valley Middle School Luther Lee Emerson School (Demarest) Merritt Memorial 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 Ridge Elementary School (Ridgewood) Englewood Cliffs North Cliff School Englewood Cliffs Upper School Glen Rock Elementary School Ralph S Maugham Elementary School Walter Stillman Elementary School
The 2014 book drive will occur on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to have your school or organization conduct a book collection for the 2014 Project Cicero NNJ book drive. All teachers who would like to benefit from the drive must pre-register by emailing email@example.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 (EMS) is an independent country day school serving children, age three through eighth grade, from more than 70 communities throughout New Jersey and New York. EMS provides an innovative 21st-century curriculum focusing on critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and character development. The school’s comprehensive secondary school placement process ensures graduates matriculate into premier day and boarding schools. Located on 14 wooded acres in Englewood, NJ, the EMS campus includes multiple technology and science labs, playgrounds, libraries, athletic facilities, nature trails and working gardens. Visit our website: www.elisabethmorrow.org .
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 2 million books into more than 10,000 classrooms and school libraries reaching an estimated 425,000 children in under-resourced schools in New York City.