Book Nook RBCS Comes to Red Bank
Red Bank Charter School’s service learning project
There is a new and unique outdoor fixture in front of 9 Wall Street in Red Bank, a gift from the Red Bank Charter School’s sixth grade class. Named “Book Nook RBCS” by the students, it began during their fifth grade year as part of a service-learning project. Over more than a one-year period, the students lovingly planned, designed, collected the building supplies, and constructed the nook, aided by school staff and parents.
About 20 students and their STEM Teacher Brenda Conni ceremoniously marked its installation at The Wesleyan, a senior housing community. The children collected and fully stocked the free Book Nook and committed to replenishing it whenever needed, as their close proximity to The Wesleyan allows them easy access.
The Book Nook functions as a permanent outdoor micro-lending library stocked with books. Anyone may take books or leave books. It fulfills the children’s desire to give back to the community, yields a convenient way for everyone to enjoy reading, and promotes literacy and sharing.
Ms. Conni stated, “The Book Nook service learning project helps students to make meaningful and pioneering contributions to our world. While academics are always important, the Charter School focuses upon the whole child, and through strategies like service learning, develops strong character, responsible citizens, and compassion for others.”
A sign posted on the Book Nook RBCS reads, To the Red Bank Community:
We built this little free library box for passersby to have easy access to great literature. Please feel free to take a book to read, and return it for someone else to enjoy. You can also donate a book.
Made with love by the Red Bank Charter School students, Mr. Cohen, Mrs. Conni, Ms. Dayton, and Ms. Good 2019.
Residents and staff of The Wesleyan joined the students outdoors and extended their gratitude and congratulations.