Books at Home Program

The Trenton Books at Home Program distributes free books to Trenton kids.

“Whether rich or poor,…illiterate or college educated, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain.

“For years, educators have thought the strongest predictor of attaining high levels of education was having parents who were highly educated. But, strikingly, this massive study showed that the difference between being raised in a bookless home compared to being raised in a home with a 500-book library has as great an effect on the level of education a child will attain as having parents who are barely literate (3 years of education) compared to having parents who have a university education (15 or 16 years of education). Both factors, having a 500-book library or having university-educated parents, propel a child 3.2 years further in education, on average.”

Classics Used and Rare Books raises store credit and money to make books available for all Trenton kids. In a struggling school district, this is one thing everybody can do to help kids succeed. Click here for information on one such study printed in Science Daily.

Current major supporters include donors honoring the loving memory of Lois Dowey, The I Am Trenton Community Foudnation, Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-WilsonHome Rubber,  and Children’s Futures.

Previous supporters included  The Fund for Public Schools, Black Rock, Content TrentonHutchinson,  Thomas Edison State College, Love Thy Neighbor Community Development and Opportunity Corporation, the Contemporary, Captial Health, Councilwoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, former Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer, and Weidel Insurance.

In 2013, through a partnership with local groups, Classics distributed $9,871 worth of books to Trenton students.  Distribution partners included Carver Community Center, Kids R First Daycare, Catholic Charities, Camp Read, Planned Parenthood, the Reading for Success program, Mill Hill Child and Family Development, Passage Theatre after school program, and teachers at Robbins School, the Gregory School, Foundation Academy, Washington Elementary, Trenton High School West, TCHS, Stokes Elementary, Wilson, PJ Hill, and Hedgepath.

Through a partnership with local groups, Classics distributed $4,412 worth of books to Trenton students in 2012.  Distribution partners include A Better Way, the Children’s Futures Holiday Book and Toy Drive, Mill Hill Aftercare.

Through a partnership with local groups, Classics distributed $9,955 worth of books to Trenton students in 2011.  Distribution partners include Robbins Elementary School, Trenton Head Start, the City of Trenton Heritage Days committee, the Trenton African American Pride Festival committee, Stokes School, Kids R First Daycare, Columbus School, the Cuyler Avenue Preschool, the Kingsbury Towers King and Hodges Learning Center, Delta Sigma, Bruce Boyd, the YWCA Preschool, the Garvey School, Trenton Central High School Doc Long poetry class, Passage Theatre after school program and Children’s Futures.

Through a partnership with local groups, Classics distributed $4,668 worth of books to Trenton students in 2010.  Distribution partners include the NAACP Education Committee, Hedgepeth Williams School, the Classics Kids Book Club, Alexander’s Run, the Boys and Girls Club, Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary, the Passage Theatre after-school program, and Greater Emmanuel Church.

Through a partnership with local groups, Classics distributed $4,129 worth of books to Trenton students in 2009.  Distribution partners include Doc Long at Trenton Central High School Poetry Class, Hedgepeth Williams, Robbins School, Children’s Futures, Garvey School, the Trenton Police Department, The New Black Panther Party, Powerful Life, SBR Realty, Fatha Ramsee, OURSEP, and Columbus School.

Monetary donations can be made by bringing checks or money orders to Classics, made out to our partners at Children’s Futures. Inc, with “Classics Books at Home Program” in the subject line.

Children’s Futures is a 501c3 non-profit and these cash donations are tax deductable.

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