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.

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

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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