In honor of Read Across America Day on March 2nd, the educational charity Planting Pencils made its first donations to two independent schools in Hartford. Both Trinity Academy and Covenant Preparatory Schools provide students from families with limited resources the foundation required to succeed in school and pursue a higher education. The non-profit, tuition-free schools receive no federal, state or religious funding and are in dire need of supplies in order to complete the school year.
Ishaan Patel, the 13 year old founder of Planting Pencils, read a book to the elementary students at Trinity and addressed students at both schools.
"We are so grateful to Ishaan for choosing our school as a beneficiary," said Karen Connal, Head of Trinity Academy. "We only started the school four years ago and donations like this one make a huge difference."
Planting Pencils is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to raising awareness and collecting school supplies to improve access to education in underserved parts of the world. Formed in 2015 by a socially conscious 13-year-old boy, the goal of the charity is to use the seed of education to grow empowered children. For more information or to donate visit www.PlantingPencils.org. School supplies can be donated at the Planting Pencils bin located at the Staples in Bishops Corner, West Hartford.
PHOTO: Far right: Lisa Perrone, District Aide for Congressman John Larson, and Riccardo Regina, Legislative Aide for State Senator Joe Markley, flank Planting Pencils' founder and middle school student Ishaan Patel and his mother Dr. Alpa Patel when they donated new school supplies to the grateful students at Trinity Academy in Hartford on March 2nd.