Women & Philanthropy to donate books to 40 TPS second-grade
Women & Philanthropy
and the Judith Herb College of Education at The
University of Toledo are donating more than 1,300 new books
to Toledo Public Schools.
The books will be distributed to 40 second-grade classrooms at
21 TPS schools.
the chair of Women & Philanthropy, and Dr. Romules Durant,
TPS superintendent, will present the books to
representatives from each school 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at
Old Orchard Elementary School, 2402 Cheltenham Rd.
“Second grade is a critical year for learning to read,” said
Dr. Thea Sawicki, chair of the Holiday Project for Women &
Philanthropy and professor in the UT Department of Medical
Microbiology and Immunology. “We are proud to support every
school by providing elementary classroom teachers with
additional resources to promote early literacy and allow
elementary students to gain greater reading skills.”
This is the second year that fundraising for the Encouraging
Early Literacy Holiday Project allowed Women & Philanthropy and
the Judith Herb College of Education to donate more than 1,000
new books to TPS second-grade classrooms.
Last year the organizations donated approximately 1,000 books to
33 second-grade classrooms at 19 TPS schools.
This year’s donation covers the remaining classrooms and
completes the goal of donating books to start a library in every
second-grade classroom at TPS.
“The gift of a book and its potential impact on a young
learner's life cannot be overstated, and should not go
unrecognized,” Dr. Raymond Witte, dean of the UT Judith
Herb College of Education, said. “It is with great pride that we
recognize our association with Women & Philanthropy and their
mission to better the lives of children in the Toledo region.”
"The Toledo Public Schools is grateful for the continued support
of Women & Philanthropy at The University of Toledo,” Durant
said. “Our mission is to create college and career-ready
students, and that begins with early literacy. Last year, our
students received 1,000 books to be distributed in 33
classrooms, which was incredible in and of itself. This year, we
are receiving an even larger donation of 1,300 books for 40
classrooms. We are very thankful for the partnership and also
their commitment to helping us deliver on our mission."