Jun 9, 2014
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Richmond firefighters took time between service calls last week to help deliver more than 4,800 books to local elementary schools.

Nearly 1,600 transitional kindergarten and kindergarten student were the recipients of book bags containing three new and popular children books from the City of Richmond’s impact volunteering program partner Bring Me a Book. The nonprofit aims to strengthen the language and literacy skills of underserved children.

“Receipt of these books would not have been possible without the phenomenal support of over 40 volunteers (including City of Richmond employees and fire personnel) who volunteered to sort, sticker and bag approximately 4,800 books,” City Manager Bill Lindsay reported in his weekly newsletter.  “In between service calls, personnel from the Richmond Fire Department stepped in to deliver the book bags to 18 Richmond elementary schools.  Thanks to this successful, coordinated effort, Richmond children will jumpstart their summer reading.”

firehelp.6-9For more information about Bring Me a Book, contact mkistin@bringmeabook.org.  To find out how you can make a difference in the Richmond community, contact Richmond ESC – Excellence Serving our Community at (510) 620-6511.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.