Ocean State Job Lot Teams Up with Book Enterprises to Donate $2M of Books to Fall River Schools

FALL RIVER, MA – The Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation has teamed up with local wholesale book dealer Book Enterprises, LLC and former Fall River City Councilor David Dennis to get 100,000 books into the hands of Fall River school students.

Called “Operation: Book Drop,” a delivery of 8,223 books will be made on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm to the Talbot Middle School located at 124 Melrose Street in Fall River. The Talbot donation is the third delivery to a Fall River School, and is among several donations that make up the total contribution of $2 million. It is the largest donation of its kind to the Fall River School Department in the City’s history.

A total of five city schools were selected by the School Department to receive books: Doran Elementary School and Kuss Middle School received deliveries in 2013; Morton Middle School is scheduled for delivery in late June; and Stone County Therapeutic Day Middle School is yet to be scheduled.

“Operation: Book Drop” is made possible by Ocean State Job Lot, a North Kingstown, RI-based discount regional retailer with 112 stores throughout all six New England states and New York, who purchased the books from Book Enterprises, LLC, a wholesale book supply business run by Rochester, Mass. resident Jason Zutaut. Job Lot’s Charitable Foundation covers the cost of the books, warehousing and shipping.

The books are for use by teachers in the classrooms and the library. Fall River School Department Director of Professional Development Pam Pacheco, along with literacy coaches and department chairs, hand-selected each title at the Book Enterprises warehouse, choosing various science, math, geography, technology and other scholastic genres. The books are library-bound editions, which are unavailable to the general public and are meant to withstand use and handling over time.

Jason Zutaut and former City Councilor David Dennis conceived this initiative out of a simple conversation they had at a 2013 school vacation reading event, held at Book Enterprises’ retail store. “Jason and I identified this important need of public schools in Fall River, and he offered up the books to fill that need, working with Job Lot’s charitable organization to help make it happen,” recalls Mr. Dennis, who is an attorney in private practice in Fall River. “This represents the best of a public/private partnership that started between two civic-minded people on a handshake.”

Mr. Dennis added that neither the parents nor the school system have the discretionary dollars to purchase books such as the ones that are being donated. “Operation: Book Drop helps us make sure every student in the city gets access to books to read and learn from,” he comments. “Despite all of the technology that is out there, books still play a big role in education. There’s nothing that takes the place of holding a book in your hand, and reading the words or seeing the pictures on a printed page. We are thrilled to be able to meet this important need, thanks to the generosity and commitment from Job Lot and Book Enterprises.

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