BERLIN - Children from New Britain began the month of March with a renewed interest in literature.
Twenty-five students from Lincoln Elementary School received two books each from Comcast, at the company’s Western New England Regional Office in Berlin recently. The group is part of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Beyond School Walls program.
Comcast sponsors the program, which connects elementary-aged city students with youth mentors. Kids meet with their mentors twice monthly during the school year.
The goal of the recent session was to instill a love of reading in the youth.
“Instead of sitting down and enjoying their usual snack session and interacting with their Comcast mentors, all the kids wanted to do is find a quiet corner and curl up with their new books,” said Nutmeg representative Brian Kelly.
Comcast provided more than a dozen different titles for kids to choose from. Among the most popular selections were “A Wrinkle in Time,, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Ghostopolis.”
“It was designed to deepen the appreciation of literature for those already captivated by books, and to instill an interest in words and stories for those who haven’t yet realized that the printed page can be their gateway to knowledge, excitement and adventure,” Kelly explained.
Now celebrating its ninth year running, Beyond School Walls is a partnership between Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters and Comcast, which encourages its employees to participate. The program not only provides enrichment to youth, but also community engagement opportunities for adults.
Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, @schmittnbh or firstname.lastname@example.org.