March 20, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Michelle Iacuessa ’94, director of Alumni Affairs, with some of the books donated to the Newburgh Armory Unity Center.
Mount Saint Mary College alumni recently donated selected books to benefit the young readers of the Newburgh Armory Unity Center.
The Mont is a proud supporter and partner with the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. On Saturdays, the Armory offers a lending library and educational enrichment classes for local children Pre-K through Grade 6 and their families. Each Saturday, upwards of 200 children read for fun in Mount supported classes, such as “Dare to be a Wild Reader” and “Around the World in Stories.”
This spring, the children will participate in voting for the 2019 Children’s Book Choice Award. The Children’s Book Choice is the only National Book award voted on by children and teens, and children at the center will have the opportunity to participate by reading the five finalists in two age groups: K – 2nd and 3rd – 4th. Mount alumni donated copies of the finalist books for the Armory students to read and vote on.
The books donated to the Armory include Day at the Beach, written and illustrated by Tom Booth; Grow Up, David!, written and illustrated by David Shannon; There’s a Dragon in Your Book, written by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott; Down by the River, written by Andrew Weiner, illustrated by April Chu; and School People, written by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Ellen Shi.
“Thank you to all who have donated to the book drive for the Newburgh Armory Unity Center,” said Michelle Iacuessa ’94, director of Alumni Affairs and one of the point people on the donation efforts. “The books will be a wonderful addition to their lending library and educational enrichment classes and allow them to participate in the 2019 Children’s Book Choice Award this spring.”
In addition to Iacuessa, the book drive was also spearheaded by Janine Bixler, professor of Education at the Mount. Bixler and other Mount faculty, students, and staff regularly lend their time to several education programs at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center.