Project Cicero is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with its primary goal to enhance classroom and school libraries in under-resourced New York City public schools.
How Project Cicero works
Project Cicero collects new and gently used books for children and young adults in a once a year event. Primarily, Project Cicero receives books from families with children in 100+ New York City independent, public and parochial schools.
Collected books are transported to a NYC hotel ballroom where hundreds of student, parent and teacher volunteers unpack, sort, and display the books. Qualified teachers from under-resourced schools pre-register online to attend the annual distribution.
Project Cicero encourages children to help children. Each year, hundreds of students have helped to make Project Cicero a success. Student coordinators at each of the participating schools, aided by parents and faculty, organize and advertise the collection of the books. Volunteer students can receive community service recognition for their participation.
Project Cicero operates under an all-volunteer board and without dedicated fundraising initiatives.