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Classics Bookstore Announces Literacy Non-Profit Launch to Serve Trenton Kids

We are EXCITED to introduce the Safkhet Literacy Project, a new 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in the City of Trenton! 

 

We have created the Safkhet Literacy Project to support the Trenton Books at Home Program, an initiative that has provided FREE books for Trenton youth since 2006. Through Safkhet, the Books at Home program can now accept tax-deductible donations and apply for grants that will help us grow the program.

 

For over 16 years, Trenton kids have come down to Classics Bookstore to select books to keep. We also partner with teachers and literacy organizations throughout the City to provide books directly to their students as well as through literacy-based projects and events—giving out thousands of books a year.

 

We do this because, as research shows, having access to books at home increases the level of education children will attain. See more information here.

 

Our board of trustees is made up of high-energy community members dedicated to growing the Books at Home Program:

  • Chair: Pamela Sims-Jones, Senior Program Associate at Mercer Street Friends Food Bank and former Director of Leadership Trenton

  • Vice-Chair: Raj Manimaran, Director of Community Relations at the College of New Jersey and Board President of I Am Trenton Community Foundation

  • Secretary: Margaret Griffin, former owner of Micawber Books

  • Treasurer: Donna Maywar, Assistant Director for Equity Compliance at Princeton University and co-owner of Classics Bookstore 

  • Todd Evans, host of the Capital City Open Mic

  • Nia Maywar, Mechanical Engineering Student at Olin College of Engineering

  • Noah Maywar, senior at Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, NJ

  • Laurice Reynolds, community organizer and matriarch of Classics Bookstore

To make a donation to the program, you can send checks and books to the Safkhet Literacy Project, 4 West Lafayette, Trenton NJ 08608.  You can also donate via Venmo to the Safkhet Literacy Project.

Email classicsusedbooks@gmail.com for more information.    

 

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