BankRI is collecting children's books at 18 of its branches throughout Rhode Island in April to support Books are Wings, a local nonprofit that helps deliver books to the state's neediest children.
The goal is to collect 2,000 books and Vice President of Community Relations for Bank RI, Patricia O'Donnell-Saracino, said it's an effort everyone should look forward to.
"I can’t think of anything more important to a
child’s future than fostering a love of reading; the life-long benefits are
overwhelming and they all start with helping them excel in the classroom," she said.
It's the fourth-annual partnership with Books are Wings and along with the book drive, the bank has granted $1,500 to fund an after-school book party in Central Falls, which will provide reading time and literacy-based activities to children in kindergarten through third grade.