Bigelow Tea 2013 Book Drive by Pat Sorgenti
Recently, Bigelow conducted a book drive to benefit New
Beginnings Family Academy, a charter school, in Bridgeport,
Connecticut. The book drive allowed Bigelow employees to clean out
their bookshelves and recycle the beloved books of their children
that weren't being read anymore.
More importantly, the books will have new life on the shelves of
the Academy's school store where they will be redeemed by the
students with their "STRETCH bucks". At New Beginnings, students
are encouraged to engage in behaviors in alignment with our
S.T.R.E.T.C.H. principles - Strategic, Thoughtful, Respectful,
Empathetic, Trustworthy, Consistent and Hard Working. When a staff
member recognizes a student who is acting on one of these
principles, the student can receive a STRETCH buck. Bucks can be
redeemed at the school store once a week for such items as books,
games or healthy snacks.
Quentin Ball, Development Director, of the school stated that
the children love to read so much, that the book shelves are always
depleted. What a great problem to have!
When we started the book drive, I had no idea how many books we
I am thrilled to share that we collected over 350 books!
Hopefully, they will help keep the shelves filled and the students
reading well into the new school year.
Quentin Ball - Development
New Beginnings Family