FAIRFIELD, NJ — Sixth-grade students from Fairfield's Winston Churchill School recently donated roughly 230 books to the Fairfield Public Library. Approximately 67 students participated in the collection that will aid the library with this summer's reading program. 

Sixth grade teacher Charles Anderson said that he reached out to the public library with the help of reading specialist Erica Santalla to see what his students could do to give back to the community. Fairfield Public Library Director Brianna Columbo advised him that the library conducts a reading program in the summer and that one of the incentives/rewards for participating children is that they get to choose any book from the library to keep.

"Our students have been reading about displaying kindness and helping each other out, and we thought this book drive would be a great way to do that," said Anderson, who added that his motto with the students is "Listen and Lift." "We have to do our job and become really strong listeners and learners, and then we need to take that newly learned information and help out the person next to us, across from us and behind us.

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"This year's students have done a tremendous job of creating that collaborative learning environment within the classroom and replicating those skills within the Churchill School community."

The donated books will help students who are in grades kindergarten through sixth grade to enhance their learning through reading as well as to build a relationship between the school and the public library.