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Books and Bridges, Inc. originally began as a small school club. After realizing that girls felt discouraged from speaking up and holding leadership roles in our community, we hoped to show younger students that women can overcome any and all societal limitations. However, we soon visited all of our local elementary schools, and needed to expand in order to continue reading. We then decided to register our group as an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and are now expanding our mission to places we previously thought impossible. More about our story can be read in The Augment Review.



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Kaitlyn Donato is the founder and president of Books and Bridges, Inc. She is a student at Winchester High School, and loves to read and write in her spare time. Although some of her favorite authors include Cormac McCarthy and Joseph Heller, she has always felt discouraged by the lack of women in literature. She also believes that women are underrepresented in politics, entrepreneurship, and general discussions of history. To combat this lack of representation, she wishes to show all young girls examples of women in leadership. She hopes to continue this organization for many years to come, and to make Books and Bridges, Inc. a lifelong project. She also heads a magazine focusing on women's advocacy, The Alcott Youth Magazine.


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Avery Dowling is the vice president of Books and Bridges, Inc. She is a student at Winchester High School, and joined Books and Bridges, Inc. as soon as she learned of the nonprofit organization's mission. She believes that discussing women in leadership positions will encourage elementary students to overcome any societal limitations they may encounter. As the vice president, Avery assists all junior members of Books and Bridges, Inc., such as the reading coordinators and other volunteers. When she is not overseeing these roles, she likes to read, cook, and listen to music. 


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Inspiring Girls USA is an 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to fostering the ambitions of young girls by connecting them with female role models. The organization, which aims to show girls that they can break down gender barriers and achieve their highest aspirations, has assisted Books and Bridges in setting up interviews with women successful in their fields.  We would like to especially thank Erin Brown of Inspiring Girls for connecting our nonprofits!


Our organization initially began as a small school club at Winchester High School, and we would like to continue to thank Winchester High School for the support we receive from students, teachers, and administrators in the Winchester school community, including our advisor, Ms. Hillstrom.

Books and Bridges would also like to thank the WFEE committee for their generous grant. All proceeds will go towards purchasing over one hundred books for elementary school classrooms, including The Girl with a Mind for MathThe Paper Bag Princess, and The Story of Simone Biles.


Ms. Pace • Ms. O'Halloran •

Mr. Clapp • Ms. Nuzzo •

Ms. Jackson • Ms. Rogers •

Ms. Gelormini • Ms. Allen •

Ms. Russo • Ms. Capozza •

Ms. McGarry • Ms. Ciasullo •

Ms. Renna • Ms. Connolly •

Ms. Dionne • Ms. Bonsignore •  

Ms. Delaney •  Ms. Ribeiro •  

Ms. Lisbon •  Ms. Plunkett •  

Ms. French •  Ms. Tassone •  

Ms. Coffill • Ms. Cremens •

and many others



Participating Elementary Schools



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