PreK & Kindergarten: Project Cicero

Project Cicero is a partnership of independent, public, and parochial schools, private and public organizations and corporations whose primary goal is to create and supplement classroom libraries for children in under-resourced New York City public schools through an annual citywide book drive. Project Cicero also puts books into homeless shelters, juvenile detention facilities, community centers, pre- and after school programs, and wherever else there is a need. This past year, its 16th year of operation, Project Cicero distributed more than 150,000 books. To date, Project Cicero has placed more than 2.5 million books into more than 15,000 classrooms and school libraries reaching over 1,000,000 children in under-resourced schools in New York City. Project Cicero encourages children to help children; students can be involved via collecting new and gently used books for under-resourced schools, such as by holding a book drive in their school, building or neighborhood. In addition, student coordinators at each participating school (aided by parents and faculty) can help to organize and advertise their school’s collection of the books at Project Cicero distribution events for NYC in March.