Masuk FBLA book drive benefits Bridgeport students

Mary Attah-Agyeman, left, and Daniel Rodrigues, co-presidents of the Masuk Future Business Leaders of America, filled a trunk with book donations for Bridgeport public schools. Contributed

Masuk Future Business Leaders of America’s co-presidents, Mary Attah-Agyeman and Daniel Rodrigues, led a book drive earlier this month in conjunction with the Connecticut Roller Derby. The book drive asked for new to gently-used books from K to Grade 12 to be donated to the students of the Bridgeport Public Schools.

Boxes for donations were left throughout the town of Monroe including Monroe Elementary, Fawn Hollow, Jockey Hollow, STEM Academy, Masuk High School, and the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library. At Masuk, boxes were located in various classrooms as well as the library and outside the main office.

The book drive was tremendously successful as Masuk well exceeded their goal of collecting 500 books. In total, 3,715 books were donated to benefit the students of the Bridgeport Public Schools System.

Attah-Agyeman noted how the book drive affected her life, “throughout the entire project I was blown away again and again by the community’s efforts and donations to our project, they exceeded our needs and expectations greatly, and I am very grateful.”

All books were delivered to Caroline Braglia of Bridge Academy by the Masuk Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) advisor, Lynn Costello, who coordinated the project with Denise D’Onofrio of Bullard Havens and the CT Roller Derby.

Caroline Braglia of Bridge Academy accepts book donations from Masuk’s Future Business Leaders of America. Contributed

Rodrigues emphasized the importance of the book drive, saving,“there are many areas where students do not have the same basic opportunities as us, this includes being able to read. In doing this book drive, the community of Monroe has shown how willing they’re to help others. Now, there are many grateful students who have books that prior to this drive did not have access to.”

Each donated book will be given to the teachers and students of the Bridgeport Public Schools. Masuk FBLA hopes to continue to achieve success as they approach the 2020 Spring Conference.

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