Greenpoint Gazette

Help Local Schools Get Free Books

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Brooke Jackman, a 23-year-old with a passion and commitment to literacy was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Her family created the Brooke Jackman Foundation in 2001, as her living legacy, to honor her love for reading and desire to help children. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated nearly 100,000 books and 15,000 Brooke Packs—backpacks filled with books and school supplies, to children and families in need.

For its latest initiative, the Foundation is helping combat budget cuts to city schools, by teaming up with NYMetroParents to stock school libraries with thousands of books.

“Books 4 Our School,” is a month-long challenge created by the two organizations, in which 20 schools will receive 75 to 100 brand new books for their libraries. The 10 schools that garner the most votes plus another 10 selected at random will receive the books. “Books 4 Our School” runs through April 30, 2012.

“We are excited to have a new avenue to reach parents and their children with ‘Books 4 Our School’,” said Erin Jackman, Director of the Brooke Jackman Foundation. “This program engages parents and unites the community in a creative and fun way, all for a common cause—the literacy of the children.”

As Of April 23rd, PS 84 and PS 250 were both in the top 20 at 3rd and 20th place respectively. To participate in the challenge, parents should register at the “Books 4 Our School” website (www.books4ourschool.org). They will receive an email containing a link to the online ballot where they can vote for up to three schools. The website also contains helpful hints for spreading the word to get more votes for their school(s) of choice.

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