In recognition of March as National Reading Month and continuing its commitment to childhood literacy, Bank Rhode Island (BankRI) is kicking off their annual children’s book drive. The month-long effort to benefit Books Are Wings runs throughout March at all 20 of the Bank’s branch locations, with both drop-off and virtual donation options offered.
“It’s impossible to overstate how generous our community is when it comes to our book drive, and what that support means to the work of Books Are Wings,” said Patricia O’Donnell-Saracino, VP of Community Relations at BankRI. “Every single book is important – we’d love to see this be our biggest collection yet.”
This marks the 12th year BankRI has partnered with the Books Are Wings. Books collected during the BankRI drive will support programs for Pre-K to Grade 5 children. Specifically, they will benefit the new Tale Mail initiative for preschoolers and the Read to 100 Challenge for school-age learners.
For the drive, all BankRI branches have a marked collection bin in their foyer or in front of their entrance doors to accept donations of new and gently-used children’s books. There is also the option to participate virtually by purchasing a book from the online Wish List of titles curated by Books Are Wings. The Wish List can be accessed at BooksAreWings.org/donate-books.
For a list of BankRI branches, their addresses and hours of operation, visit: bankri.com/locations.