Finn School collecting books and blankets through Friday

Snuggling up with a good book is one of the great joys in life. Finn School wants to make sure it’s a pleasure some of their Worcester peers don’t miss out on.

As they have in the past, Finn this year is partnering with Chandler Street Elementary School in Worcester as part of a community outreach program. An inner-city school, Chandler has students that are eager to learn, but a shortage of the basic materials required to meet the educational needs of their students, Finn Principal James Randell wrote in a letter to parents.

Chandler uses the same approach to teaching reading as Finn does, so encouraging kids to read become the focus of Finn’s outreach efforts. “Our goal this year is to provide a few necessities so students will snuggle up with a good book,” Randell wrote.

To that end, the school has launched a Books and Blankets drive to collect gently-used books along with new fleece blankets, warm throws, and animal-shaped pillows that will help create a welcoming environment for new readers.

The Books and Blankets program aims to benefit not only the students at Chandler, but also those at Finn by fostering stronger community connections. “One of our goals is to raise awareness among students at Finn of those who are less fortunate in our own community and elsewhere,” Randell wrote.

Books and blankets will be accepted at the Finn School office through Friday, January 20. Gift cards to Walmart and Target are also welcome. Books should be appropriate for children ages 4 through 12 and may be new or gently used. All blankets and pillows must be new.

(Photo posted to Flickr by Enokson)

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