Bank Rhode Island and the local nonprofit Books Are Wings, an organization focused on literacy issues, recently announced a joint book drive that will provide children with free books.
Throughout the month of March, community members are invited to drop off new and gently used childrenâ€™s books at any of the bankâ€™s 18 branch locations. Collected books will be distributed to low-income children who otherwise might not have books in their homes.
â€śResearch shows that a child who has 25 books or more at home, on average, will complete two more years of education than a child growing up in a home without books,â€ť said Patricia Oâ€™Donnell-Saracino, vice president of community relations at BankRI. â€śChildren who love to read develop the skills that help them not only excel in the classroom, but in life â€“ this is an effort we at BankRI are extremely dedicated to.â€ť
The bank is hoping to exceed last yearâ€™s collection, which yielded more than 1,400 books.