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Project RABBIT comes to Towle School

posted Mar 13, 2015, 7:00 AM by Unknown user

Project Rabbit Hops To Newport (Press Release)

Newport - Generous grants from the Jake Maxfield Connection and the Richards-Towle PTO have made it possible to expand the annual Newport Project RABBIT (Read A Book Because It’s Terrific). The program has grown its’ literacy quest and is offering a series of book giveaways to Newport students in Grades 5 and 6 at Towle School as well as the Richards School program serving Preschool through Grade 4 with readings by visitors to the school and book gifts to each student.

Fred Maxfield, Co-Chair and Rebecca Bates, board member from the Jake Maxfield Connection, a non-profit group dedicated to educational scholarships, community service and literacy support for young learners, visited Towle School on Wednesday, March 12 for the kickoff giveaways. Hosting the event were Principal, Phil Callanan; Crystal Robertson of the Richards-Towle PTO; and Paula Johnson, Newport School District Administrative Assistant and coordinator of the 2015 Project Rabbit program.

Each classroom was called to the Towle School  Media Center where displays of books were presented. A brief welcome from Robertson, and students were on the loose to read covers and turn pages before making their final selections. “The kids were really excited about the books, and we are so thankful to the Jake Maxfield Connection and the PTO for making this opportunity available,” said Johnson.

For more information about Project RABBIT, please visit the PTO tab of Richards School at or the Richards Free Library Youth Services tab at www. and click on the Library Calendar. Information about the Jake Maxfield Connection can be found at