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Whoopi Goldberg & Dylan’s Candy Bar Team Up to Support Project Cicero!

We’re so excited to announce that Whoopi Goldberg teamed up with Dylan’s Candy Bar in support of our cause! Purchase of limited edition milk and dark chocolate bars and candy tackle boxes will benefit Project Cicero. Don’t miss the opportunity to bring home a one-of-a-kind self-portrait candy mosaic created by Whoopi Goldberg! Bid on this sweet masterpiece now through November 9 @ CHARITYBUZZ. #DylansCandyBarSweet16

 

Project Cicero on Facebook

Project Cicero relaunched its Facebook page in November 2016, and since then it has garnered nearly 500 followers! The new page has showcased the hard-working members of our board of directors as well as volunteers from all around New York City. It functions as a news site for Project Cicero happenings, and most importantly, documents our annual Book Drive. Posts feature various organizations and partners responsible for the smooth running of the Book Drive, including teachers, publishers and volunteer organizations. Please like our page for further updates!

Project Cicero in the Bay Area

Project Cicero Bay Area ran its third annual book drive in 2017, collecting and distributing approximately 25,000 books to 200 pre-school through high school teachers from San Francisco, East Bay, and San Jose. In its first three years Project Cicero Bay Area has distributed 70,000 books to under-resourced classrooms in the Bay Area.

Project Cicero Bay Area is modeled after Project Cicero in New York, and licenses the name Project Cicero.

Project Cicero Exceeds Three Million Mark

Project Cicero was thrilled to exceed the 3 million mark at its annual event in March 2017! More than 1,200 teachers from under-resourced NYC schools selected hundreds of books for their classrooms. To date, Project Cicero has distributed 3,250,000 books to 20,000 under-resourced NYC classrooms. Many thanks to our partners—The New York Society Library, Vornado Realty Trust, Teach for America, New York Post—and the hundreds of schools, organizations, and volunteers who supported our event this year.

Cicero Modeled Overseas

Project Cicero was selected as the model for Bookwave, an annual nonprofit book drive in Athens, Greece. The annual event is held at the Benaki Museum in partnership with the Bodossaki Foundation and Library4all. Bookwave‘s aim is to collect books for elementary school libraries and childcare institutions in Athens and Attica, Greece. We wish them many years of success.

Donation of Books By Storyteller Diane Wolkstein

Project Cicero is grateful for a generous contribution of books from the estate of Diane Wolkstein. Wolkstein was a storyteller, a folklorist and the author of 23 books. She revived the art of telling stories, concentrating on the folklore and mythology of countries all over the world. She was the official New York City storyteller from 1968-1971, establishing the Saturday tradition of telling stories at the foot of the Hans Christian Anderson statue in Central Park. Ms. Wolkstein helped found Bank Street College’s graduate storytelling program and was a visiting teacher of mythology at NYU. Project Cicero is honored to share her wonderful works with our participants.

Morgan Stanley Contributes

We thank Morgan Stanley for hosting employee book drives at their New York City headquarters and for organizing dozens of volunteers who assisted at the distribution site.  Morgan Stanley also organized a “virtual” book drive, which raised more than $4,000 for new books through First Book.

Project Cicero—a Major Reuser/Recycler

Project Cicero is proud to be recognized as a major reuser/recyler in New York City in the Materials Exchange Development Program’s Reuse Study prepared by The City College of New York and funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation.

John’s Bar Mitzvah

In March, John Froehlich celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. As part of that celebration, he asked guests to support Project Cicero in lieu of gifts. We appreciate the generosity of John and his family.

Grant to Project Cicero

Project Cicero is a recipient of a grant from The Lemberg Foundation and Esme Usdan.