2011 Books at Home Report

The Trenton Books at Home Program distributed almost $10,000 worth of books to Trenton kids in 2011. 

Studies show that when kids have more books in their home libraries, they do better in school. Classics Used and Rare Books, 117 South Warren Street, 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.

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.

Though most donations came in the form of donated store credit, we would like to thank our monetary sponsors.  With fiscal sponsorship from Children’s Futures, monetary support in 2011 came from Black Rock Financial, Content Trenton, Home Rubber, Hutchinson, Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson, former Mayor Douglas Palmer, Love Thy Neighbor Community Development and Opportunity Corporation, the Contemporary and many individual donors.

If you have any further questions, please email Eric at book_cellar@mindspring.com or visit www.classicsusedbooks.com.

Here’s the breakdown per distribution partners

  • Robbins Elementary Parent Teacher Conference and Board of Education Parent Workshop          1624
  • Trenton Head Start                                         1321
  • City of Trenton Heritage Days                     1316
  • Trenton African American Pride Festival                917
  • Stokes School (Paula Jones)                        649
  • Kids R First Daycare                                         413
  • Columbus School Read Across America Day         399
  • Cuyler Avenue Preschool                             213
  • Kingsbury Towers King and Hodges Learning Center        177
  • Classics Books at Home Fundraiser           123
  • Delta Sigma Reading Adventure Program              73
  • BOYD                                                                     65
  • YWCA Preschool                                               63
  • Garvey School Preschool                              60
  • Trenton Central High School Doc Long poetry class           60
  • Robbins Elementary School                         39
  • Passage Theatre after school program   35
  • Children’s Futures Christmas Drive          12

Some kids and their families pick books up directly from the store.  Here is a breakdown of those students

  • Parker School kids                                           290
  • Washington Elementary kids                      193
  • Downtown families                                         161
  • Daylight Twilight student                              65
  • East Ward families                                           52
  • TCHS students                                                   38
  • Trenton Community Charter School mom             33
  • MCCC Jumpstart student                             33
  • Emily Fischer students                                   25
  • Mill Hill family                                                    18
  • Center Street Pre-school student             11
  • Village Charter School kids                           9
  • Other individual parents and kids             1468


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