St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and The Bethlehem School Collect and Donate Hundreds of Children’s Books

Reading, MA — In recognition of National Reading Month in March, The Bethlehem School and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lynnfield teamed up to collect new and gently used children’s books to donate to families served by Mission of Deeds in Reading, MA.

Karen McAlmon (left) of the Outreach Committee at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Paula Goss, Office Manager at Mission of Deeds, unload donated books from a March Book Drive sponsored by St. Paul’s and The Bethlehem School. 

Over 500 books were donated. “We’re thrilled with the response of our Bethlehem families,” said Carmelina Padovani, Director of the Bethlehem School. “It’s wonderful to share these books and to encourage reading. There are so many long-lasting benefits of reading to children.” Paul Bowen, Director of Outreach and Christian Formation at St. Paul’s, said, “The response to our call for books has been so generous. We’re pleased to support Mission of Deeds in their service to local communities.”

Paula Goss, Office Manager at Mission of Deeds, said, “The work of Mission of Deeds is needed more now than ever. We give our clients dignity and a new start in their new home. These books will contribute to this new start by promoting reading and literacy for the children and families we serve. We really appreciate this donation.”

The parish of St. Paul’s, founded in Lynnfield in 1918, is a growing parish of the Episcopal Church that works to connect with God and each other through worship, prayer, service, and study. More information about St. Paul’s is available at or call the church office at 781-334-4594.

Operated by St. Paul’s, The Bethlehem School is a non-sectarian, non-profit school, which has been providing quality early education in Lynnfield and surrounding towns since 1956. The Bethlehem School employs Montessori principles and the Best Practices of Early Childhood Education. More information is available at

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