Literacy Program in CTWindsor Locks, CT (September 19, 2014) Paul Murdock, General Manager of Roncari Valet Parking, announced that, starting September 22 and continuing until October 31, Roncari will be a collection site for new children’s books (K – 3rd Grade). The donated books will go to academically at-risk students in Hartford, Bloomfield, Manchester, East Hartford, West Hartford and New Britain.

To participate, drop off a book from the recommended list or any age appropriate new book. A collection bin will placed in the Roncari reception area, adjacent to the check-in desk.

The Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy (HJCL) recruits, trains and places volunteers to read with academically at-risk students, one-to-one or in small groups, on a consistent, weekly basis. HJCL emphasizes the use of books that help children develop emotional intelligence in order to cultivate a culture of kindness and empathy. HJCL further expands students reading resources through the annual donation of a book to each student and that student’s classroom.

Roncari Valet Parking has been active for many years in supporting children’s charities in the Greater Hartford/Springfield area, including Mary’s Place, a facility that serves the emotional needs of children who experience the loss of a parent.

Murdock cites the importance of reading skills as one of the most important building blocks in a child’s life, “If a child falls behind in reading, the chances for academic and economic success are dramatically reduced.”

Alana Blum, Program Coordinator for HJCL, recently wrote in her blog:

When we spend time with a child, it’s hard to imagine how even just 30 minutes will affect that child for years to come. I thought back to how I had silently pitied the student activists who wanted to change the world, believing it to be just an unattainable dream. I can’t believe how wrong I was. We don’t have to go to distant lands or become world-famous social activists to repair our world. It starts with just one child. And when you walk into that classroom and watch as your student’s face lights up with the world’s brightest smile, you know that changing the world is no longer just a dream.

Find out how to become a volunteer to read with children for the Coalition for Literacy. Call Risa Sugarman at Coalition for Literacy for more information at 860-727-6151.

Written by
Harvey Adelberg, QMediaWorks
harvey@qmediaworks.com