RED BANK, NJ – On Wednesday, June 11th, a “Book Nook” was presented to The Wesleyan, located at 9 Wall Street.

As part of a service-learning project, the Red Bank Charter School’s sixth grade class designed, collected the building supplies, and constructed

The “Little Library.”

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What’s a Little Library?  It’s a permanent outdoor micro-library stocked with books and is open to anyone to take a book or leave a book.

The purpose of the project is to fulfill children’s desire to give the community a convenient way to enjoy reading and prepares students to make meaningful and pioneering contributions to our world, while promoting reading, knowledge, literacy, and sharing among all populations.

Brenda Conni, a STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) teacher/coordinator, has been teaching at the Charter School for 17 years and led the students in the project.

She discussed how the school was founded on the belief that being of service to others and developing outstanding character were equally as important as academics. “Our Service Learning and Character Education programs are the bedrock of our school.  They have guided students through hands-on learning to gain valuable insight to the benefits of being kind and giving back to the community.  In turn, our students feel pride in what they accomplish and an eagerness to continue on this path of a growth mindset,” said Conni.

Collaborating with her academic colleagues and a student’s parent, Adam Cohen, who donated materials, supplies, and his time, Conni continued, “Our 5th Grade class (now 6th Graders), decided to build a beautiful Library Box (The RBCS Book Nook), with their teachers, Ms. Dayton and Ms. Good.    The Book Nook will be filled with a wide genre of literature for any passersby to borrow or take and enjoy.  People can also donate a book or return one, should they choose.”

Stop by and check out the Book Nook.  And, take a book and leave a book!

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