Johnston-based FM Global joined more than a dozen corporate contributors to this year's "Books Are Wings" collection drive by the United Way of Rhode Island.
With the global insurer's help, UWRI collected more than 13,000 books over the summer as part of its effort to deliver books to low-income students.
“The response to our book drive speaks volumes about the community’s commitment to helping Rhode Island children succeed in school and in life,” Gertrude F. Jones, chair of United Way of Rhode Island’s Women’s Leadership Council, said in a statement. “It’s unacceptable that two-thirds of low-income families in our country do not have books in their homes. The success of this book drive will help thousands of children today and into the future.”
UWRI will distribute the books, along with much-needed school supplies, to more tha 16,000 students in Rhode Island.
“With many families struggling to make ends meet, it is difficult to provide children with all the books they need to succeed," explained Jocelynn White, Director of Books Are Wings. "We’re proud of our efforts to ensure that all children, and their families, have an opportunity to read together.”