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CSE Students Collect Over 700 Books for Project Cicero

Morristown, N.J. (March 15, 2018) – Even before they graduate, CSE Education students are making an impact on classrooms across Northern New Jersey.

CSE's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, collected over 700 books for the non-profit book drive Project Cicero, Northern New Jersey. The donated books will allow underfunded and under-resourced school districts in New Jersey to build classroom libraries and promote literacy.

"Research shows that students who have access to high quality literature early in life have stronger results in terms of academic achievements and career success," says Ashley Restaino, chapter counselor and field placement director.

In order to adequately provide for all teachers in underserved communities, the donated books ranged in both subject and reading level. Collections of picture books and early readers were provided for younger students while biographies, fiction, non-fiction and some classics were gathered for older students. This variety enabled educators to pick which books would best reflect their subjects and enhance the classroom learning experience.

"Some schools have abundant resources and classroom libraries," says Restaino. "But for other school districts, that's not always the case, and supporting Project Cicero, Northern New Jersey is a way to reach those areas and hundreds of students in need."

"A room without books is like a body without a soul." – Cicero

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