Cape Elizabeth, Nov. 20, 2015…. Inn by the Sea will purchase a book for a local school for each reservation made for a December stay, announced Jim Glanville, the Inn’s General Manager.
The Books for a Booking campaign is one of two programs connected to local schools at Inn by the Sea during the holiday season. Local students also support the Inn’s Giving Tree by creating handmade ornaments which guests, staff and community members trade for new, warm clothing distributed to food banks and shelters over the winter by Project G.R.A.C.E.
Last year the Inn purchased over 300 books for local schools from wish lists created by school librarians. Books for a Booking hopes to support a culture of reading in local elementary and middle school students by purchasing new books that open doors to learning , stimulate imagination and inspire confidence.
“We are delighted to be working with the librarians so that their expertise directs us to purchase books that excite middle and elementary students and encourage a lifelong connection to learning and understanding.” stated Glanville. “The program is simple- book a room for a December stay at Inn by the Sea and the Inn will purchase a book from the schools’ “wish lists.”
Books for a Booking and the Giving Tree are part of a collaborative community /school program spearheaded by Jane Eberle, South Portland Schools Director of Business Partnerships .
“Again this year, South Portland students are excited to collaborate with the Inn by the Sea on the Giving Tree and Books for a Booking projects.” Stated Eberle. “The South Portland School Department is proud of and grateful for its ongoing partnership with the Inn By The Sea that helps those in need and promotes literacy at all grade levels through the generosity of the Inn, their guests and community.”
The Giving Tree will be in the Inn’s lounge from November 29 to New Years. As a ‘thank you’ for trading an ornament for new hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, chap stick or socks the Inn will give donors a $20 gift certificate, valid January 3 through June 14 for SPA or dining at Inn by the Sea. The warm clothes are distributed by Project G.R.A.C.E (Granting Resources & Assistance through Community Effort, Scarborough)
Making ornaments for the Giving Tree to benefit area citizens in need are Brown Elementary School 4th grades, Project REACH students from both Mahoney Middle School and Memorial Middle School, and South Portland High School Interact Club students. In addition, students at Skillin Elementary School are making book mark ornaments.
As part of the collaboration, participating students visit the Inn in January to view piles of donations they helped generate and return again in April to participate in Earth Day celebrations and help clean Crescent Beach.