Stuyvesant students organized book collections for the Project Cicero Book Drive. The drive ran from Monday, March 1 to Friday, March 5, with students and faculty invited to drop off books in boxes near the second floor bridge entrance. The drive collected seven full boxes.
According to junior and drive student coordinator Lea Beltramino, the goal of Project Cicero is to “create and enhance classroom and school libraries for children in under-resourced New York City public schools,” she said.
Project Cicero was started in 2001 and has distributed 1.3 million new and gently used books to 7,500 New York City classrooms and libraries.
Books were only collected if they were in new or excellent condition. Only early reader, high school fiction and non-fiction books were collected. Books for adults were not accepted.
“This is a great cause,” sophomore Sangmee Kim said. “Many students turn to their school libraries during their free time, and if there are more books available, their school libraries will become better places for students to relax and read books. They can even be used for research.”