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Cheryl Porter recently celebrated ten years of service to Springbrook as a Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Respite Aid. Cheryl also works with children with developmental disabilities at the Norwich BOCES. It was through her work with area children that she saw a need—a need for literacy.
Right: Cheryl Porter, Springbrook employee and founder of Never-Ending Stories: A Recycling Program for Gently Used Books
It all started when she was helping with a literature-themed summer school program for special needs children in 2013. She decided to do a book give-away during the program and upon seeing how excited the kids were about getting to take home a gently-used book, she knew she couldn’t stop there. Cheryl says, “The children were so careful choosing, and so concerned that they needed money. When they learned that the books were FREE, their faces lit up!”
The program now has a name—Never-Ending Stories: A Recycling Program for Gently Used Books—and her next big donation event is scheduled for the holiday season. She has been collecting books mostly through word-of-mouth and via her Facebook page. Since the program’s launch last summer, she has found homes for over 200 books and is gladly accepting donations at this time. If you or someone you know is interested in donating slightly used children’s books to Never-Ending Stories, books can be left at the Norwich BOCES, or at Springbrook’s downtown Norwich office, located at 5-9 West Main Street. Those interested in donating are welcome to contact Cheryl at email@example.com for more information.
It is through her love of children and dedication to personal growth and individual spirit that Cheryl has seen such success with Never-Ending Stories. Springbrook is thankful to count her among the 1,200 committed employees that make the difference.