New Books Keep Learning
|Volume 16, No. 3||Summer 2013|
Alive For U.S. Schoolchildren
On the same day that the Chicago Public Schools announced the closure of 54 schools, IOCC responded with a donation of $1 million in new books to benefit schoolchildren participating in the metro area after-school enrichment and summer learning programs. His Grace Bishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago facilitated the gift on behalf of Orthodox Christians in Chicago. The new books, which will also benefit local Orthodox Christian day schools, were blessed at a special ceremony by His Eminence Archbishop NICOLAE of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America and Canada, His Grace Bishop LONGIN of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, and His Grace Bishop PETER of Cleveland of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
The book distribution is part of a broader humanitarian effort by IOCC in the U.S. where, over the past three years, the organization has distributed $30 million in educational support and emergency assistance to more than 20 states. IOCC plans to make the Chicago book distributions an annual event to meet the continuing educational needs of the community's children.