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Project Cicero

My friend and coworker, Jen, and I!
We were so lucky to participate in such a wonderful project last weekend with NYC's Project Cicero! As a Speech Department, we don't have a budget for materials and often end up buying or making many of the things we use. Project Cicero was designed to supplement classrooms in NYC public schools and has spread to many other cities. Basically, it's the best educational shopping experience of your life and the bill never comes. Project Cicero pairs with the NY Society Library, and many other donors to provide new and gently used books to Title 1 schools in NYC.

Here's how our experience was...
The couple that
educates together,
stays together!?

We were told to arrive with a rolling suitcase, but of course we showed up with big bags...that was a huge mistake. My coworker drove, and I took the train there. Again, big mistake - I should've driven into the city and dealt with the parking situation. My husband works in a Title 1 school, so he came along for the ride and to get some books for his classroom as well!

Everyone lines up their bags/suitcases in the hallway, and you then enter into a huge ballroom filled with books, aka Speech Heaven. The books are divided into levels, genres, etc. I stuck around the emergent reader, board book, elementary fiction sections. My husband hit the social studies section, hard. My coworker was all about their middle school section and chapter books!

Just a fraction of
what we brought home!
If you've ever seen Supermarket Sweep you will understand what Project Cicero was like. Run in, grab all the books you like and can carry, run out, dump them in the bag, repeat. I napped on the train ride home...true story.

We even grabbed some school supplies that they had available - file folders, folder organizers, staples! It was dream come true!

If you're in the NYC area, or another area with Project Cicero, make sure you sign up for next year's event! Even better if you can donate to this great cause that keeps us educators up to our eyeballs in books! :)

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