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Literacy Coalition of Oswego County Book Drive to Benefit Youth

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Developing literacy skills in children at a young age is essential.  Reading not only helps them succeed in school, it introduces them to a world of knowledge and imagination that they may enjoy for a lifetime.

To help promote literacy for our youth the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is hosting a book drive for youth.

Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, meets with members of the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County and those hosting drop off sites for the annual Youth Book Drive. Seated from left are: Trexler, Jon Spaulding, Literacy Coalition member; and Ted Jackson of the Minetto Volunteer Fire Department.  Standing from left are: Literacy Coalition member, Steve Chirello of Chirello Advertising; Beth Hilton, executive director, Greater Oswego Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Holly Carpenter representing Senator Patty Ritchie; Bridgette Seguin of Eastern Shore Associates; and Superintendent of the Oswego City School District, Bill Crist.
Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, meets with members of the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County and those hosting drop off sites for the annual Youth Book Drive. Seated from left are: Trexler, Jon Spaulding, Literacy Coalition member; and Ted Jackson of the Minetto Volunteer Fire Department. Standing from left are: Literacy Coalition member, Steve Chirello of Chirello Advertising; Beth Hilton, executive director, Greater Oswego Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Holly Carpenter representing Senator Patty Ritchie; Bridgette Seguin of Eastern Shore Associates; and Superintendent of the Oswego City School District, Bill Crist.

Now through May 11, the agency are accepting donations of gently used books that would be of interest to toddlers through teens.  The books will be distributed to during the Oswego Independence Day Parade and the Fulton Memorial Day Parade.

“Over the years we have given away hundreds of books to area youth,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County. “We are proud to be a part of The Literacy Coalition and are dedicated to helping our youth thrive by enhancing their learning experience.”

Chairperson for the book drive, Jennifer Cook of Assemblyman Will Barclay’s office, echoed the importance of reading and the positive impact it has on a child’s future.

“By providing youth with books we are doing much more than promoting literacy; we are preparing children for kindergarten, increasing test scores and graduation rates, and helping our youth discover the joy of reading and the wonder of imagination,” said Cook.

Donations of gently used books for children and teens may be dropped off at the following locations:

United Way Office
1 S. First St., Fulton
(Inside Community Bank)

Greater Oswego-Fulton
Chamber of Commerce
44 E. Bridge St. Oswego,
Suite 12, Canalview Mall, Fulton

Fulton School District Office
167 S. Fourth St., Fulton

Assemblyman Will Barclay’s Office
200 N. Second St., Fulton

Sen. Patty Ritchie’s Office
46 E. Bridge St., Oswego

Eastern Shore Associates
Main Office, Cayuga Street, Fulton

Cayuga Community College
Fulton Campus

Minetto Fire Department

Oswego City School District Office
East First Street, Oswego

Palladium Times Office
140 W. 1st St., Oswego

Arrangements for pick-up can be made for donations of large quantities of books.

For more information on the book drive, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Comprised of more than 36 local organizations, the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is focused on improving literacy in Oswego County by addressing literacy needs of people of all ages.