August 5, 2015
Amid the whir of construction at East High School, a little extra effort is needed to reach the Main Office. Exit 23 by the cafeteria and two looping turns.
I was there to see East’s Lower School Head Secretary Tammy Tuttobene who is organizing community volunteers to distribute cinch bags containing three books each to eighty 6th grade students at their homes.
As explained to me by Elaine Spaull, The Center for Youth Executive Director, the Center, along with M & T Bank and Brighter Days Foundation, is partnering with East to purchase and deliver the books and bags to welcome the incoming 6th grade class. And, in doing so, increase participation in summer reading and give students a jump start on the 2015-16 academic year.
When I arrived at East, there they were, purple of course, Eagle purple as this year East has changed its nickname. Fortunately — only because there were enough volunteers for the day — I was not needed.
By all measures, the Book Bag Bonanz — as I call it — will be a success, testament to the vision and hard work of East administrators, staff and volunteers.
Ultimately, the Bonanza is just one modest piece of the picture as the new East–now run by the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education–emerges. As the transformation progresses, our community will be asked for support in ways big and small.
I hope — and am pretty sure — there will be plenty of takers. While I missed today’s excursion, I bet bringing purple book cinch bags to eager 6th graders was fun!