Salem VFW funds Pizza and Pages book club
How about reading and discussing your favorite book while eating pizza? That’s exactly what teens at the Salem Boys and Girls Club will be doing this fall as part of the new Pizza and Pages book club.
The donation was part of the VFW’s commitment to helping sponsor local activities, according to Patrick Vallera, president of the men’s auxiliary to the VFW. Vallera said the organization raises money through the Friday night raffles it’s been hosting for the past several years.
From that idea, the weekly Pizza and Pages program was born, and the funding from the VFW this year is making the program a reality.
The book club ties into other educational and mentoring programs the club has run before, including the Reading Buddy program, where teens mentor younger readers.
For Vallera, the donation is an opportunity for the VFW to remind the community about the support it provides for worthy community projects.“We want people to know where our money goes, that way we can help keep it coming in,” he said.
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