New Reading Reflections Projects

 

2017 Reading Reflections & US-Africa Children's Fellowship Book Drive

Reading Reflections volunteers Samuel Ramos and Justin Heinze unload a generous donation of 838 books at Stuyvesant High School. The residents of 280 Park Avenue coordinated by CRBE Asset Services Thersa Trespalacios ran a highly successful book drive at their building to provide the books which will soon be shipped to schools in Africa.

 

Reading Reflections Supports New York City’s most underserved youth

The Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division serves New York City's most underprivileged youth in the Manhattan Family Court. Their 'Books for Kids' project is a program designed to promote reading among their young clients who come from underserved communities. Their Books for Kids program provides free books to every client at every visit. Each time a child visits the office they take home a book, and every time a Legal Aid representative visits a home they bring a book. Reading Reflections has established a wonderful partnership with the Legal Aid Society over the years.

 

Our Successful Ongoing Partnership with Dream Charter School

Once again, Dream Charter School was happy to receive a huge donation of children's books from Reading Reflections, organized by volunteer Gabrielle Rich, to promote a joy of literacy in their school. The books will be used in their beautiful classrooms and will also be given away to students K-8. Dream School's vision is to develop life-long learners who make positive change in their communities and the world.

 

A Generous Donation to Harlem Hospital for the Holiday Season

Harlem Hospital has provided healthcare to Harlem and Washington Heights residents for over a hundred years. The donation, arranged and delivered by RR volunteer Gabrielle Rich, will be used in their lovely reading room under the supervision of the Child Life Program manager, Ivana Man. Many of the books in pristine and excellent condition will also be given away to their young patients from toddlers through 8th grade at their holiday youth events.

 

Mt. Sinai Hospital Receives Another Donation from RR

"Child Life & Creative Arts Therapy" program at Mt. Sinai helps young patients of all age groups cope with their fears and anxieties by offering therapeutic activities tailored to meet their social, emotional and educational needs. Reading Reflections volunteer Gabrielle Rich brings another donation this year to Alyssa Freeman at Mt. Sinai to be used by their patients aged 3 to 12.

 

 

Women Rising received 7 boxes of books
"Child Life & Creative Arts Therapy" program at Mt. Sinai helps young patients of all age groups cope with their fears and anxieties by offering therapeutic activities tailored to meet their social, emotional and educational needs. Reading Reflections volunteer Gabrielle Rich brings another donation this year to Alyssa Freeman at Mt. Sinai to be used by their patients aged 3 to 12.

 

 

“Reach Out and Read” at Bellevue Hospital Gets More Books!

Justina Lewis, the Head of the Volunteer Achilles program at Lenox Hill, welcomes another delivery of books from Reading Reflections High School volunteers, Gabrielle Rich and André Altherr. The books will be distributed to surgical waiting rooms and carried around throughout the hospital on carts for the adult patients staying at Lenox Hill Hospital located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

 
Another Donation to Lenox Hill Hospital

Justina Lewis, the Head of the Volunteer Achilles program at Lenox Hill, welcomes another delivery of books from Reading Reflections High School volunteers, Gabrielle Rich and André Altherr. The books will be distributed to surgical waiting rooms and carried around throughout the hospital on carts for the adult patients staying at Lenox Hill Hospital located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

 
Ongoing Partnership with Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division

Books for Kids, an innovative project of The Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice designed to promote literacy for children involved in Family Court cases in New York City, has been teaming up with Reading Reflections to provide free books to vulnerable children from underserved communities. The project helps make the courthouse a less daunting place for children waiting at Family Court and encourages children to choose a book and keep as their own. Reading Reflections is proud to have an ongoing partnership with them.

 
Reading Reflections Teams up with WIC at the Health/Information Fair
WIC Program in Nassau County, NY serves low-income women, infants and children. It offers nutrition education and counseling to help protect and promote the health of the families in the region. Reading Reflections volunteers had their own booth and were able to give away hundreds of books to children and families at the recently held Health/Information Fair on Long Island, organized by the Nassau County Department of Health.
 
RR Revisits LSA Family Health Service in East Harlem

For many decades, LSA, founded by the Little Sisters of the Assumption in 1958, has served the families of East Harlem with their health and education programs. They were happy to receive hundreds of books from Reading Reflections again with the help of RR volunteers. The donated books will be used for their early childhood literacy program and youth services.

 
Reading Reflections Volunteer gets featured in LSA Newsletter!

Teen donates books to promote reading

Gabrielle Rich, a student at the Brearley School who volunteers with the Reading Reflections program, coordinated a donation of 100 books for children in LSA programs. Reading Reflections is a volunteer-run program that collects books for nonprofits.

A group of children, ranging from toddlers to teens, picked out books to take home. Other books will be shared with children in our Education and Youth Services program.

Thank you Gabrielle and Reading Reflections for this great donation!

 
University Settlement Early Childhood Program Receives Full Support from RR!

University Settlement believes that the foundation for a child’s future is formed in the first few years of life. Reading Reflections gives full-hearted support to University Settlement Early Childhood program, which offers low-income parents exceptionally high-quality, cutting edge literacy curriculums that lead the way in early childhood education. Located on Eldridge Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, University Settlement provides social services to a large immigrant community and low-income families in the area.

 
Beautiful Pop-Up Books go to Children’s Museum of Manhattan Thank you, Fred Cohen!

Reading Reflections had the pleasure of receiving a generous donation of about 500 beautiful Pop-Up books from Fred Cohen. RR volunteer, Gabrielle Rich, was able to find loving homes for these wonderful books. When they held the annual Pride Night at CMOM (Children’s Museum of Manhattan) on the Upper West Side, the staff gave away many of the books to the visiting families and children who were thrilled to have them.

 
Reading Reflections Helps The Book Blossoms Lead Another Successful Event!

The mission of The Book Blossoms is to re-introduce books to children. Many children spend hours staring at their TVs, computers and tablets. The Book Blossoms’ goal is to give children the opportunity to create a balance between books and technology. With the help of RR volunteers, they had a successful Spring Fair and a book drive. They collected many books to be donated to various children’s organizations, hospitals and schools.

 

RR is Proud to be Part of Legal Aid Society’s “Books for Kids” Project

“Books for Kids” project at Legal Aid Society provides some of New York’s most vulnerable children and their families with opportunities to read and own books. It is the only literacy program specifically targeting children involved in the New York City Family Court system. Many of them come from impoverished backgrounds and are at high risk for academic delays and difficulty in school. Studies show a strong correlation between reading at home and school achievement. With support from Reading Reflections, this program provides many free books to their young clients who visit their offices in the five boroughs, come to the Family Courts or meet with Legal Aid representatives in their homes. Reading Reflections is very proud to be partners with their Juvenile Rights Division.

 
Thank you, Ray Karlin!

Reading Reflections received a generous donation of about 250 children’s books in excellent condition from a New Yorker, Raymond Karlin. His children have grown out of these books and he has decided to donate them for a good cause.

Reading Reflections depends on the kind donations of organizations, publishing companies and individuals such as Ray. We sort them out for different age groups and reading levels, and then pack them into book cartons and deliver them to various organizations to promote literacy in underserved communities. These particular books will be delivered to charter schools and hospitals in Manhattan.

 
Boys & Girls Club of Harlem receives Reading Reflections book donation

Reading Reflections volunteers Samuel Ramos and Justin Heinze droped off books donated by the Stuyvesant High School's English department. Boys & Girls Club of Harlem Executive Director Dominique R. Jones and some of her group counselors received the books.

 
Brookdale University Hospital's Child Life Center receives amazing donation!

Reading Reflections volunteers Justin Heinze and Samuel Ramos delivered sixteen boxes of books, including many boxes of the wonderful Pop-Up books recently donated by Frederick Cohen, to Brookdale University Hospital's Child Life Center. Most of the children seen in the Brookdale Hospital ER are from an underserved community, with children often waiting hours for difficult treatments. These books will make those waiting times so much easier, and are also often used to distract children while they are undergoing examinations and therapy. Brookdale's Child Life Specialist, Alexa Kreisberg, welcomed the donation.

 
Dream Charter School's Dream Comes True!

Dream Charter School's vision is to develop life-long learners who make positive change in their communities and the world. Reading Reflections volunteer, Gabrielle Rich, was able to arrange 2 deliveries of several hundreds of books in January and May to their campus.

Emily Parkey, Director of Family and Community Engagement & Government Affairs at Dream Charter School wrote in email to Reading Reflections:

"The last book donation that you gave us enabled us to give every single child who came to our Spring Literacy Night a free book! (See pics below!) The kids had to go around to a number of different stations where they did reading and literacy activities with their parents. At every station they got an autograph - and after 3 autographs they earned a free book! Thank you so much as always for your incredibly generosity! It means the world to DREAM and our scholars!"

 
5 Major Hospitals in New York City Receive Donations from Reading Reflections

Reading Reflections helps promote Educational Events at Metropolitan Hospital

Reading Reflections volunteer Gabrielle Rich with the head of Metropolitan Hospital volunteer department, Nancy Takourian, her assistant and a doctor from the Pediatric Department.  Located in East Harlem, Metropolitan Hospital engages with the community in many educational events throughout the year in addition to promoting the health of local residents. The huge book donation from Reading Reflections will be used for their youth events and distributed to patients from toddlers through 8th grade. 

Harlem Hospital Receives Generous Donation from Reading Reflections

Harlem Hospital has provided healthcare to the community for over a hundred years. The books delivered by Reading Reflections volunteer Gabrielle Rich (shown here with the head of the volunteer program, Stephanie Harewood, and her assistants), will be given to many young patients as presents.

Mt. Sinai Hospital "Child Life & Creative Arts Therapy" program gets donation from Reading Reflections

Todd O'Conner, the head of this wonderful program at Kravis Children's Hospital, was happy to receive books for their young patients in the Toddler to 3rd grade age group. Child Life & Creative Arts Therapy helps young patients cope with their fears and anxieties by offering therapeutic activities tailored to meet their social, emotional and educational needs. Reading Reflections volunteer Gabrielle Rich helps Todd O'Conner to bring books into their library.

Reading Reflections Delivers to Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx

Hundreds of donated books were given to and enjoyed by numerous patients just in time for the holiday season. Gabrielle is assisted by two staff members of Giselle Torres' Volunteer Department.

Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan Upper Eastside Receives RR Donation

Justina Lewis, the head of Volunteer Achilles program at the Lenox Hill Hospital, was excited to receive books delivered by Reading Reflections' Gabrielle Rich. Numerous books will be given to adult patients in the surgical waiting room and various other locations throughout the 
hospital.

 
Great donation to Brookdale Hospital
Reading Reflections volunteer Samuel Ramos and new volunteer Justin Heinze load the Heinze vehicle, taking 11 boxes of great children's and teen books to the children's wards at Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn. Included in this delivery is a box of brand new books donated by Scholastic Books.
 
International Charter School of NY Receives Donations!
International Charter School of NY, located in Brooklyn, recently started with Kindergarten and First Grade and is planning to expand to K-8 in the near future. They were excited to receive the perfect reading level of books for th​eir particular age group.
 
RR delivers to Brooklyn Prospect Charter Middle/High School
Gabrielle, a Reading Reflections volunteer, helps add a new collection of books to the library at the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School in Windsor Terrace with the librarian, Leslie Gallager, and one of their high school students. The school offers a close-knit community and a demanding International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Reading Reflections is proud to be a part of their endeavor.
 
Special THANK YOU to Francis Lewis High School
A special thank you to Ms. Joie Yee and her classmates at Francis Lewis High School. Working through the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), they have facilitated the donation of over 800 books to Reading Reflections. JROTC is a leadership program that strives to teach high school students how to become better citizens and to give back to their community.
 
Reading Reflections is proud to partner with the Legal Aid Society’s (LAS) Juvenile Rights Division to serve New York City’s most underprivileged youth
Reading Reflections is proud to partner with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division to serve New York City’s most underprivileged youth. The Legal Aid Society Books for Kids project is a program designed to promote reading among their young clients who come from underserved communities. Their Books for Kids program provides free books to every client at every visit. Each time a child visits the office they take home a book, and every time a Legal Aid representative visits a home they bring a book.

Read a thank you letter to Ariel from the Legal Aid Society

 
LSA Family Health Service in East Harlem Receives RR Book Donations
Since it was founded by the Little Sisters of the Assumption in 1958, the LSA Family Health Service has served the families of East Harlem through their health and education programs. They were thrilled to receive the books donated by Reading Reflections with the help of volunteer, Gabrielle Rich, for their early childhood literacy program.
 
Book drive with Book Blossoms and Book Buds Book Club
Ariel with Sharon Marcus, founder of the Book Blossoms and Book Buds Book Club, collected many books at a drive for Reading Reflections. The Book Blossoms and Book Buds is a new nationwide book club designed to nurture a child's natural love of reading through an interactive journey of discovery, which incorporates reading, writing, art, movement and drama.
 

Mount Sinai's Adolescent Health Center receives donation

Samuel Ramos, Reading Reflections volunteer, drops off 5 boxes of books to Margaret Menghini, Program Director at Mount Sinai's Adolescent Health Center, who was very happy to receive them.

 
Park Avenue Synagogue Book Drive
Samuel Ramos recently assisted other Reading Reflections student volunteers with sorting, leveling and packing books from a generous donation from the Park Avenue Synagogue's book drive.  Here he delivers four boxes from that donation to the Boys and Girls Club at AmPark, in the Norwood area of the Bronx, while Anthony Friedman of the Boys and Girls club looks on.

 

 
RR donates to Bellevue's chapter of Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by integrating children's books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits. Volunteers Gabrielle Rich and Ariel Levy delivered donated books to the Pediatric clinic in the Children of Bellevue's Reach Out and Read Project.
 

Donation to St. Ann's Home

Reading Reflections volunteer Samuel Ramos presented several boxes of donated books to a resident at St. Ann’s Home in Jersey City, NJ  while Mr. Roger Shalakho,  the Activities Director at St. Ann’s, looks on.

Senior Spirit Day Center

Samuel Ramos, a Reading Reflections volunteer, dropped off boxes of donated books to the Senior Spirit Day Center. Ms. Louisa Santana and a staff member received the books, which they will add to their Seniors Library.

 
Ariel and Reading Reflections visit University Settlement
Ariel Levy and Reading Reflections organized a donation of hundreds of books to the University Settlement, on Eldridge Street in lower Manhattan. University Settlement provides social services to a large immigrant population and low-income families on the Lower East Side. Many of the books fro this donation will benefit their Early Childhood Center and Elementary After-school Program as well as their Senior Program.
 

RR visits WomenRising Woman's Shelter

Samuel Ramos, a participant in the Reading Reflections program, presented boxes of books to the Women Rising Shelter in Jersey City. For over 100 years, WomenRising has been helping women and their families by providing supportive counseling, crisis intervention, workforce development and job placement, shelter for victims of domestic violence, outreach, advocacy, and referrals.

 
Jonathan from Reading Reflections receieves the Points of Light award

As the world’s leading volunteer organization with more than 20 years of history and a bipartisan legacy, Points of Light connects people to their power to create positive change and address the critical needs of our communities. Jonathan was thrilled to be chosen for the Points of Light award for providing books to shelters and families who lost their homes and libraries after hurricane Sandy. Read article.

 
Reading Reflections featured in FIOS
Reading reflections was featured on FIOS1 once again on April 23, 2014. Jonathan was interviewed by Christine Persichette and spoke about his passion for helping others by providing books.
 
Island Park Library reopens after Superstorm Sandy
The Town of Hempstead has teamed up with Reading Reflections again. This time, they delivered books to the Island Park Library, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy and forced to close after the October storm. With the help of Reading Reflections volunteers Jonathan and Julia, along with Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Anthony Santino, the library received thousands of much-needed books and was able to open its doors again to the public. Read an article on the Town of Hempstead website.
 
Chinese-American Planning Council receives large donation
The Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) is one of the largest nonprofit providers of educational, social and community services for Asian Americans in the United States. Their child care centers provide homework assistance, enrichment activities as well as recreational activities year round. Reading Reflections volunteer Ariel Levy delivered more than a hundred books to the CPC child care center where the books will be distributed among the two centers that serve an early elementary school age group and a preschool age group of children. The books will be added to their library for the children to enjoy.
 
Reading Reflections opens library at Stony Brook University Hospital
Reading Reflections was excited to see the opening of the library in the new surgical waiting room at Stony Brook University Hospital. Hundreds of books were collected by Jonathan, Jeremy, Daniel and hundreds of children from various elementary and high schools. Thank you to the students for all your help! It is great to see all these books being put to good use rather than just being thrown in the garbage.
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Donation to the Jubilee Program of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior
Reading Reflections donated young adult books to the Jubilee Program of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior on the Lower East Side, which lacked the adequate supply of books for middle school students to do their reading assignments during their after school program. Thus, Reading Reflections provided much-needed books to help fill the void.
 
h2 Empower and Reading Reflections are donating overseas

Reading Reflections has teamed up with h² Empower, an organization dedicated to improving lives in Africa through education & sustainable development. h2 Empower is currently helping Reading Reflections to bring books to rural villages in Southern Ethiopia.

Read Thank You letter from Helen Boxwill ~ President of h² Empower

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Leo F. Giblyn school in Freeport received help after Hurricane Sandy

After Hurricane Sandy, the Leo F. Giblyn school in Freeport was left with very few books after most were detroyed during the storm. Reading Reflections delivered hundred of books to the school and helped to replace the classroom library.

 
Hope and Dreams works with Reading Reflections
Hope and Dreams is non-profit organization whose primary mission is to change our poor reading culture by campaigning to create awareness and the importance of a healthy reading life style amongst Nigeria. Developing a reading culture has become very important for any society in the 21st century, this is more for the children who are the future of our nation. Reading Reflections has been donating thousands of books to Hope and Dreams over the years, giving underprivileged children access to these books.
 

Thank you to Commack Middle School for your continued support!

Commack Middle School has stepped up again and donated another large shipment of books to Reading Reflections. This new shipment included children's books, as well as educational textbooks and adult novels. These books will now get some great use rather than being thrown away.

 
Reading Reflections donates to Roosevelt Children's Academy
Long Island Chapter of Reading Reflections donated more than 2000 books to the children of Roosevelt Children's Academy Charter School (RCA) to expand the schools' in class-room libraries. The donated books were delivered to the school by Jonathan Schneck and were received by Ella Portero, RCA's Public Relations Director who initially contacted the organization. The books provided books were on a wide range of subjects and interests that were also age appropriate for the K-8 students at RCA.
 

Donation of books to veterans

Reading Reflections was happy to collect and donate hundreds of books for veterans across Long Island. The vets were extremely thrilled to receive the shipment. The books were accepted by Dennis Madden, a member of the American Legion in Greenlawn.

 
Book donation to University Settlement's Early Childhood Center
Julia and Reading Reflections organized a donation of hundreds of books to the Early Childhood Center of University Settlement, on Eldridge Street in lower Manhattan. Many of these books will be used as incentives and rewards for families participating in the center's "Raising a Reader" program this fall. Julia was assisted by Magdalene Gomes, Director of the Early Childhood Center, and Sally Roldan, Special Needs Coordinator.
 
North Merrick Association sponsored "Volley for Books!"
Fraser Park was crowded with teachers and their families, staff, students, and parents in support a great literacy cause while enjoying a volleyball game! The North Merrick Faculty Association was overwhelmed with support from community members who donated hundreds of books. The wonderful turnout allowed our children to see generosity and community spirit in action. Reading Reflections will help to distribute the books to children in need.
 
Staten Island Academy lends a hand to Reading Reflections
Julia and Reading Reflections received hundreds of books from Whitney LeBlanc, Head Librarian at Staten Island Academy, which is frequently involved in helping the community. Pictured with Julia are Whitney LeBlanc (center), Jacqueline Stevens and two students who lent a hand moving the many boxes of books.
 
University Settlement's Beacon program receives hundreds of books
Reading Reflections donated hundreds of young adult books to University Settlement's Beacon program on East 12th Street in Manhattan. University Settlement's Beacon Program provides young people with opportunities that bolster their self confidence, open their eyes to future options, and nurture a sense of belonging within the larger community.
 
Reading Reflections teams up with the St. John's Youth Ministry

Ashley Gugliuzzo, the youth leader of St. John's Youth Ministry, contacted Reading Reflections to help out with their mission trip to ‪Worcester, Massachusetts.‬ Reading Reflections was happy to donate dozens of boxes of books for kids of all ages.

"I have never seen kids so happy to get books before. We set up a "store" that they could go into‬ and "buy" books, games and stuffed animals. After the kids got what they wanted from the "store" they wanted to come back up and get more books. One kid even asked if he could ‬get books instead of a game or a stuffed animal. They were so eager to read their new books. Some kids were even reading to each other. One boy asked if he could bring home a book for ‬his sick sister. Thank you for making them so happy! We appreciate it immensely! We are so thankful for people like you who will make a difference in the world."

 
Donation to Princeton Nursery School and Community House
Reading Reflections was excited to make a large donation of books to two programs in the Princeton, NJ area. The books were distributed between the Princeton Nursery School and Community House, which is part of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. Both the nursery school and Community House provide programs that bolster literacy and help to prepare students for success in the future. Reading Reflections was met by Marjorie Young, Director of Community House, and the students from the Community House After School Academy (CHASA), who were happy to help unload the books and put them on the shelves for many children to enjoy.
 
Gotham Avenue Elementary School in Elmont, NY, to benefit the Gateway Youth Outreach Program

Together with Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilman James Darcy and Ed Ambrosino, we went into classrooms in the after-school program and distributed the books directly to the children, who were thrilled to receive them. One child was overheard to remark, "This is the first time I've ever wanted to read!" That's exactly what our program is all about.

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Reading Reflections again donates to the Gateway Youth Outreach Program

Once again, Reading Reflections donates dozens of boxes filled with books directly to the excited children of The Gateway Youth Outreach Program! This time, the donation was held at Dutch Broadway Elementary School in Elmont, where the children were very thankful for all the books.

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Catholic Charities’ receives hundreds of books from Reading Reflections
Reading Reflections donated hundreds of books to Catholic Charities’ Early Learning Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The books will mostly be used in several children’s classrooms during school hours and after school programs for children with working parents. Children were also able to take home their favorite books in order to further their education through reading at home.
 
News Channel 12 features Reading Reflections
Reading Reflection was featured on news Channel 12's Go Green Segment. Elizabeth Hashagen stopped by the Reading Reflections headquarters and interviewed the volunteers at work. They talk about the book drive and literacy projects that have been going on for the last five years. They have brought hundreds of thousands of books to children in need. Reading Reflections volunteers are proud to keep books out of the garbage and in the hands of the children who need them most.
 
Thank you to the Mount Sinai National Junior Honor Society!
Reading Reflections would like to thank the Mount Sinai National Junior Honor Society for their huge donation. We were ecstatic to see a full truck load of high quality literature that was collected by the students. These books are being shipped to after-school programs, community centers, and different organizations for children who can really use them.
 

Hundred of books were donated by Half Hollow Hills

The West Key Club of Half Hollow Hills High School made a very generous donation of hundeds of books to Reading Reflections. Thank you for not throwing away your used books. Keep up the great work!

 
Thank You Disney Publishing Worldwide for your donation!
Reading Reflections would like to thank Disney Publishing Worldwide in Manhattan for their donation of hundreds of books to Reading Reflections. Jessie Ward, an editor at Disney Publishing Worldwide, arranged this book donation, and is always looking for new ways to keep children's educations growing strong.
 
Henry Schein’s Back to School program with Reading Reflections
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Henry Schein’s Back to School program, which was first introduced in 1998, is a program by which the Team Schein Members partner with the Company to furnish clothing and school supplies to underserved children in the local areas to lift their spirits and increase their confidence in the classroom. Henry Schein Cares works in partnership with local not-for-profit social service organizations to identify recipients. Reading Reflections collects books throughout the year for this program, which serves more than 1,500 children annually.
 
Reading Reflections donates to the Ingersoll Community Center
 
Reading Reflections donated hundreds of books to the Ingersoll Community Center in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. The books will be used in the new library of the community center, which offers after-school, evening, and weekend programs. The Ingersoll Community Center also has a full-size gymnasium, an arts and crafts room, kitchen and dining room, computer room, library, and game room.
 

PTA of the W.S. Boardman Elementary School lends a hand

Thank you to the PTA of the W.S. Boardman Elementary School in Oceanside. A literacy fair was conducted and hundreds of books were collected. Daniel and Julia of Reading Reflections were happy to swing by and pick up a load of books and bring them to children who need them the most.

 
Two Together Tutoring and Reading Reflections team up
Reading Reflections made a large donation of books to Two Together, a city-wide program providing free individualized tutoring to over 100 schoolchildren, ages 8-18, annually. Children who score below grade level in reading and math, or have other learning needs, are eligible for the program. They represent a wide variety of nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. Referrals come from schools, parents, synagogues, churches, community agencies and word-of-mouth.
 
Lindenhurst High School makes donation of hundreds of books
The students of Lindenhurst High School collected over 500 books for Reading Reflections for their "Souper Bowl of Caring" event, which addresses hunger and other problems. With the help of their principal, Al Cirone, the students showed a great deal of dedication to the less fortunate by collecting hundreds of unused books from home.
 
Chinatown Even Start Family Literacy Program receives donation

The Even Start Family Literacy Program offers grants to support local family literacy projects that integrate early childhood education, adult literacy, parenting education, and interactive parent and child literacy activities. On May 7, 2010, Daniel Mendelsohn and Reading Reflections donated hundreds of books to this great cause. Chinatown Even Start Coordinator, Ai Yi Li, the children, and the parents were completely ecstatic over the books!

   
Reading Reflections and PARP give back
Reading Reflections and the PARP program at Floral Park-Bellrose School have teamed up to give back to the community. Parents As Reading Partners is a collaborative effort among parents, staff, and community to build a reading partnership between the home and the school. Thank you to the co-chair of the PARP program, Berdine Japsi, and everyone who helped out.
 
Thank you James Montague
Eagle Scout candidate James Montague, from Boy Scout Troop #205 in Great River, collected over 1,800 children's books, textbooks, and adult books to be delivered to those who need them most. The books were donated to Dotty's House and Reading Reflections.
 
Cub Scouts team up with Reading Reflections
Reading Reflections received a donation of books from the Long Island Cub Scouts. The boys were thrilled to be able to help out. They went through their bedrooms and attics to find all the books they do not use anymore to donate to Reading Reflections. Keep up the great work boys!
 
Reading Reflections opens library at Stony Brook University Hospital
Reading Reflections was excited to see the opening of the library in the new surgical waiting room at Stony Brook University Hospital in December. Hundreds of books were collected by Jeremy, Daniel, and children from various elementary and high schools. It is great to see all these books being put to good use rather than just being thrown in the garbage.
 
"Simon Kidgits Club" teams up with Reading Reflections
Reading Reflections was excited to join "Simon Kidgits Club" and provide free books at their events in the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove and in Mall at the Source in Westbury. "Simon Kidgits Club" organizes great programs and events, such as "Little Planet Helpers", where families celebrate Earth Day with a fun-filled day of activities that will instill respect for the planet.
 
Ongoing partnership with the Welcome Center of the Nassau County Department of Health and Human Services
Reading Reflections has been working with the Welcome Center of the Nassau County Department of Health and Human services since 2007, bringing thousands of books to children who need them. The Welcome Center is unique in that its "No Wrong Door" policy enables residents of Nassau County to access numerous different social services under one roof. The children express such surprise and delight when they find out that they are permitted to keep the books and not return them. Many of the books are placed in the Children's Room, which runs regular programs for children throughout the Welcome Center's hours of operation. With all that the Welcome Center does for the community, we are certain that the books will end up in the hands of those who need them most.
 

Reading Reflections has partnered with University Settlement in NYC

Reading Reflections has now partnered with University Settlement, a community-based social service organization in the heart of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They have been a beacon to new immigrants and economically diverse families that live in this community for 123 years. At University Settlement, you can find the best in child care, pre-school, housing assistance, mental health services, college and career preparation, crisis intervention, senior services, arts events, English classes, after-school programs and more.

Reading Reflections is working with University Settlement to fight illiteracy, which is a central challenge and concern for the children in New York. University Settlement hosts after-school programs where the books donated by Reading Reflections will help to enhance the children's education.

The program is dedicated to the positive development of school-age children, and serves approximately 1,000 children at seven sites, three on the Lower East Side and four in Brooklyn. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment; foster children’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual growth; create a strong sense of community; provide support to parents; and help to strengthen the family’s functioning.

- Janine Moodhe, University Settlement Volunteer Coordinator

University Settlement's after-school program at P.S. 219 received hundreds of books

Reading Reflections donated several hundred books to University Settlement's after-school program at P.S. 219 in Brooklyn. Site coordinator Marleen Cazales explained that there is a theme for each day of the week, and that the books donated by Reading Reflections will be much appreciated for "Reading Zone" every Wednesday. Many children have benefited from the ongoing partnership with University Settlement.

Reading Reflections visits University Settlement's "Camp Possible" after-school program

Reading Reflections coordinated another book donation at PS 137 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. This after-school program is called "Camp Possible" and serves kids ages 5-12 (K through 6th grade). University Settlement has been a haven for generations of New York City children, and Reading Reflections is honored to be a part.

University Settlement's after-school program in Brooklyn receives hundreds of books
Reading Reflections donated approximately a dozen boxes of books to an after-school program at PS 133 in Brooklyn, which is run by their new partner, University Settlement. Daniel Mendelsohn met with Site Coordinator Alysha Lewis-Coleman, who explained that many of the children attending the program are from very low-income families (below the poverty line), and that some live in temporary housing. Some of these children have never owned a book of their own, and the program is in dire need of books. Both the volunteer staff (some of whom are students) and the kids were delighted to hear about the new partnership with Reading Reflections!
Reading Reflections visits University Settlement's Beacon Program
Reading Reflections was excited to make another huge donation of books to University Settlement, their new partners in the fight against illiteracy. University Settlement's Beacon program, for grades K-4, is located in East Side Community High School in Manhattan. It operates an after-school program, a Saturday tutoring program, and a summer camp program. Daniel visited the Saturday tutoring program, where Monique Flores, director of the Beacon program, and the many children there were very grateful to receive these much needed books.
Daniel and Reading Reflections made another large donation of books to University Settlement Society. Daniel visited their headquarters on the Lower East Side and met Amy Mereson, Director of Youth, Education, and Arts Programs. They spent an afternoon dropping off books to several of University Settlement's after school programs in lower Manhattan. The children, as always, were very excited and grateful to receive the books.
 
Reading Reflections at Zwanger-Pesiri's Give Back Sundays

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Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology launched a program called Give Back Sundays in 2009, which provides radiological services at no charge to disadvantaged and uninsured Long Island residents. They open up their doors one Sunday a month to give back to the community. With the huge success Give Back Sundays over the last four years, they are continuing the program into 2013. Reading Reflections provides hundreds of books to children and adults at each Give Back Sundays event.
 
Central Islip Senior High School helps out
Thank you to the students at Central Islip Senior High School. It was great to see such energy and enthusiasm as the students carried out the hundreds of books they collected.
 
Thank you to the Girl Scouts of Long Island for donating
Thank you to Girl Scout Troop #63 for your donation! They exceeded their original goal, and collected 2,088 books, which were donated to Reading Reflections and the VA Hospital in Northport. They also donated 450 hand-made bookmarks. This helped them to earn their Bronze Award. These books and bookmarks will be dispersed throughout the Reading Reflections divisions in New York and New Jersey. Keep up the great work Troop #63.
Thank you to Girl Scout Troop #72 in Oyster Bay, Troop #2222, Troop #3237, and Troop #2538 for all your hard work and devotion to such a great cause. The hundreds of books collected by the girl scout troops were given out at book donations, children's libraries, and schools to help those who can use them the most.
 
The Family and Children's Association receives donation

Family and Children's Association is a human service network on Long Island that is dedicated to assisting those struggling with economic, social and emotional problems. The association was very thankful to Reading Reflections for a donation of over 100 books as part of the Walkabout for Young Men and Women program. A library was created with the books at one of the shelters that houses children and young adults at risk.

Read letter from Family and Children's Association

 
Reading Reflections receives help from Bowling Green Elementary School
Third grade students in Debra Berger's class at Bowling Green Elementary School in the East Meadow Union Free School District collected nearly 500 books for Reading Reflections on June 19th, 2008. Reading Reflections donated these books to St. Mary's Hospital, where they are available for underprivileged children and children with disabilities at the new children's center. Debra Berger's class at Bowling Green was honored at a special ceremony for their hard work and incredible accomplishments. Special guests at the ceremony were Board of Education President Deborah Coates and Town Councilman Gary Hudes. "It is so important to give back because we are so blessed. I am so very proud of each and every one of you," stated Mrs. Coates.
Mrs. Berger's 3rd grade class has teamed up with Reading Reflections again! Jeremy visited the school, where the children helped to set up a program to help kids in need.
 
Helen B. Duffield Elementary School ~ "For the Love of Reading"
The Helen B. Duffield Elementary School in the Connetquot school district donated dozens of boxes of books to Reading Reflections. The student council, with club advisors Francine Tarpey and Cathy Ebbecke, held a "For the Love of Reading" book drive. Reading Reflections volunteer, Leigh Goldstein, was happy to join in and help get the books over to less fortunate children.
 
Reading Reflections provided books for the children of the Al-Madinah Islamic Academy in Guyana

This was one of the first large Reading Reflection projects. Its started in 2005 with a friend who spearheaded a campaign to found the Al-Madinah Islamic Academy on the Essequibo Coast of Guyana. Reading Reflections helped to create a library which provides a wealth of educational resources for the children. Hundreds of books including math textbooks, reading textbooks, and children's classic novels were collected and shipped to the school. It was immensely rewarding to contribute towards the educational development of children from another country.

 
Thank you East Lake Elementary School
Thank you to Suzanne Schraibman and East Lake Elementary School in Massapequa Park for your second consecutive donation of hundreds of books. Keep up the great work!
Harbor Hills School helps out
The "Read Across America" program at Harbor Hill School in Roslyn collected 1,800 books. Thank you to all the students along with library media specialist Suzanne Gerbosi, 2nd grade teacher Kathleen Richards, 3rd grade teacher Christine Zweeney, and 5th grade teacher Linda Hoppenhauer.
 
Oceanside High School students were happy to collect their unused books for Reading Reflections
Reading Reflections Long Island Division President, Jeremy Schneck, and the Oceanside High School Book Club filled their cars with hundreds of used books to be donated to the less fortunate. Each month, thousands of books circulate in and out of Jeremy's and Daniel's garages. The response to Reading Reflections on Long Island and in New York City has been tremendous!
 

Hundreds of books collected by Baylis Elementary School's 5th grade class for Reading Reflections

On May 1st, Reading Reflections received over 500 books from the 5th grade students of Baylis Elementary School in Plainview. THANK YOU TO ADAM HEIMOWITZ and all the students who collected books as an "Act of Kindness"!! Soon, children who are less fortunate will have access to them.
 
The Hispanic Counseling Center opens reading room with donated books

The Hispanic Counseling Center provides comprehensive human services focusing on the needs of Latino families, however, all people seeking help are welcome, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, economic status, or ability to pay. Reading Reflections donated hundreds of books to the Hispanic Counseling Center in Mineola for children that attend the after-school programs. This inspired the center to create a quiet reading room/library for the children. The Hispanic Counseling Center was deeply appreciative of the donation.

Read letter from the Hispanic Counseling Center

 

East Quogue Elementary School First Grade Class donates to Reading Reflections

Reading Reflections founders were honored along with the East Quogue Elementary School First Grade class. The first grade class collected over one thousand books and donated them to Reading Reflections. The books were distributed to St. Mary's Care at Home Program for children with disabilities and the Department of Health and Human Services Children's Room.
 

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