Freedom FCU Donates Classroom Libraries to New Teachers

All new Harford County Public Schools Kindergarten through grade 2 teachers to receive starter libraries for their classrooms.

JMFA Thumbdownload 3Freedom Federal Credit Union, in partnership with Harford County Public Schools (HCPS), is providing all new educators, teaching in Kindergarten through Second Grade, with starter libraries for their classrooms. Across the county, 42 new teachers, across 22 schools, will receive a bundle of over 500 grade-specific reading books appropriate for their students and aligned with their curriculum.

Carmen David Mirabile, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Freedom Federal Credit Union stated, “Freedom receives many requests from educators each year in search of financial support for their classrooms. We have seen the need for elementary level books and reading resources as a recurring and unmet need for many of these educators, who quite often are reaching into their own pockets to stock their classrooms with new, age-appropriate reading materials. This is a small step towards fulfilling that need, not just for a single teacher, but for many across Harford County Public Schools.”

Freedom intends to build awareness around the need to build classroom libraries and recognizes it will be necessary to address the need as a multi-year, strategic initiative. This is the first time an organized effort has been made to broadly equip new teachers at HCPS with a classroom library to ensure no one is starting off without essential reading resources for their students.

“Freedom is a very special community partner,” said Dr. Sean Bulson, Superintendent of HCPS. “Not only did Freedom provide masks and thermometers for staff’s personal use during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they also found a way to support our classrooms. Putting books into the hands of students is one of the most important things we do. We appreciate Freedom for supporting these educators as they begin their teaching career.”

Freedom leadership gathered with representatives from Harford County Public Schools on Monday, January 24th, at Magnolia Elementary School to present the libraries. Kristin Scarry, Supervisor of Reading, English, and Language Arts Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for HCPS, was integral in working with Freedom’s liaison to the schools, Business Development Director, Lisa Snodgrass, on completing the project. Both are looking forward to continuing to expand the program, looking at including higher grade levels next year, and then expanding existing classroom libraries.