Waterbury Public Schools is delighted to announce that the District has received 6,000 copies of three culturally-relevant books for our high school students. The generous donation stems from a collaboration between U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Read to Grow, RJ Julia Booksellers and hundreds of individual donors.
"It's exciting to see our book distribution program with Read to Grow and RJ Julia expanding to Waterbury and focusing specifically on high schoolers,” said Senator Murphy. “This generation of students is staring down unprecedented challenges, but they're also proving that they can lead the charge for change. I hope these titles will open them up to new ideas and opportunities. I'm grateful to everyone who has stepped up and donated to make this program possible."
Chief Academic Officer, Mr. Darren Schwartz, in collaboration with the English and Language Arts Department, chose the three titles, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, All American Boys and Dear Martin, based on their cultural relevance.
“The generous donation of over 6,000 books will provide Waterbury students with an opportunity to partake in a unique summer reading experience,” said Chief Academic Officer Darren Schwartz. “With thought provoking storytelling, these three texts tackle current issues that deeply impact students on a consistent basis.”
The high schools will distribute the books every Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning June 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Read to Grow is a Connecticut non-profit whose mission is to promote language and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and to support parents as their child’s first teacher. Since its inception 20 years ago, Read to Grow has served over 1.3 million children and families and annually gives out over 200,000 books to children across Connecticut. Most recognized for the Books for Babies program, which gives books to newborns in hospitals in every county, Read to Grow is committed to ensuring that all children across Connecticut have books of their own. Since the pandemic began, the ‘Books for Kids’ initiative has distributed over 40,000 books to Connecticut children in Bridgeport, New Haven and Norwalk.
Located in the shoreline town of Madison, Connecticut, RJ Julia Booksellers has always been a place of inspiration, information, and excitement. RJ Julia opened 30 years ago as an independent bookstore whose mission was, and is, to be a place where words matter, where writer meets reader, where the ambiance and selection and merchandising of books creates an atmosphere that is welcoming and presents the opportunity for discovery.