CLARK, NJ - Makenzie Grewe, Matthew Lordi, and Robert Rooney had a goal to donate the gift of education as the outcome of a service project they would complete as members of the National Junior Honor Society.  Students at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School, the trio soon found themselves at Bridge for Books in Rumson, New Jersey.

Bridge for Books is an organization that seeks to support the development of literacy skills for underserved children. Since its start in 2000, the organization has been able to distribute nearly half a million books to youth groups and schools across the state.

Grewe, Lordi, and Rooney collected, sorted and donated a total of 680 books for the organization by the end of the drive. A feat that was praised by the NJHS Advisor Suzanne Hamilton.

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“As an English teacher and lover of literature, this group service project made me happy from the very start. As their book collection got underway, I noticed more and more bags and boxes being donated to the front entrance of the school,” said Hamilton. “I never imagined that they'd be able to collect so many. I'm proud of their efforts and pleased to see that they, as students, place such a high value on education.” 

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