6th Annual Book Fair at Pinderhughes Elementary-Middle School Raises over $8,000, Brings Books to More than 200 Students 

Event organized by Enterprise Women’s Network hosts Mayor Young, other guest readers to highlight the joy and importance of reading 

BALTIMORE (May 6, 2019) – Today volunteers from across the Baltimore area helped nearly 250 public school students in Sandtown-Winchester build literacy and develop their love of books. 

The sixth annual Scholastic Book Fair at William Pinderhughes Elementary-Middle School provided every student at the school with “Scholastic Books Bucks” to purchase books. Teachers at the school also received gift certificates to add books in their classrooms. The event has already raised more than $8,000 and continues to collect donations from people from across the community and the country.

“Our students and teachers are committed to learning but often lack enough resources. The Book Fair helps overcome that obstacle,” said Federico R. Adams, principal of Pinderhughes Elementary-Middle School. “The generosity of the community – both in time and money – enables our school to put our students on a smoother path to success.”

To highlight the fun and importance of books, the day also featured volunteer readers, including Hon. Jack Young, Mayor of Baltimore, and David Bowers, Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners.

Hosting the event was the Enterprise Women’s Network (EWN). EWN advocates for, invests in and supports educational enrichment for children and better housing opportunities for their families and communities in and around Baltimore. Since 2000, it has raised more than $2 million and contributed over 15,000 volunteer hours to support the work of Enterprise Community Partners, which has been building opportunity in Sandtown-Winchester since the 1990s.  EWN’s work has included mentoring students at Pinderhughes to build self-esteem, make healthy choices, develop strategies to address problems and achieve academic and life success.  

“We are excited to again be able to support the students and teachers at Pinderhughes,” said Sherry Phillips, education chair of the Enterprise Women’s Network.  “Their energy and enthusiasm reminds us of the responsibility we all have to create better opportunities for young people, and EWN’s network contributes to fulfilling that potential.”