From left, Peter Secrest, the Rev. Chuck Coblentz, Marissa Baldoni,  and Hope Mackenzie.Full size photo

From left, Peter Secrest, the Rev. Chuck Coblentz, Marissa Baldoni, and Hope Mackenzie.

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(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. — Mercer County’s Early Mercer Reads initiative has received an enormous boost thanks to the generosity of the students of The Pennington School. Students at the school, located in Pennington, recently collected nearly 1,500 new or gently used children’s books that will be donated to early learning centers throughout the county. The second annual Early Mercer Reads effort involved a book drive and a reading event where guest readers read aloud their favorite childhood storybooks to eager preschool audiences at local child care centers.

The Mercer County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) in conjunction with its Early Childhood Literacy Committee members, specifically Child Care Connection, facilitated Early Mercer Reads Day, and on April 15, twenty-three centers across Mercer County simultaneously engaged in reading activities for an hour.  Scores of volunteers from government, community agencies, private citizens, and business generously participated, and child care center directors welcomed the opportunity for their children to receive the message that “reading is important” from caring individuals.

“The goal of Early Mercer Reads is to instill a love of reading in even the youngest children, and Mercer County is grateful to the students at The Pennington School for their outstanding effort and for helping to give the priceless gift of literacy,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

The Mercer County Workforce Investment Board looks forward to next year’s book drive and reading event. To donate new or gently used books, please call the WIB at (609) 989-6827.