by Pilar Portela, Media Relations Supervisor, Business Wire/Miami
This holiday season, Business Wire Florida and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) of South Florida joined forces to raise books for a local Miami school library through the non-profit organization Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) of South Florida.
Established in 2009, SWSG South Florida is dedicated to supporting grade school girls (mostly Hispanic) who live in Miami-Dade County. The organization asked for books to be donated to a local elementary school library.
Throughout the month of November both organizations promoted the charity book drive via NAHJ’s local chapter website, Facebook fan page, and Twitter handle; and on Business Wire’s LatinoWire Twitter handle. On Friday, Dec. 9, NAHJ South Florida Chapter held a Holiday Mixer & Book Drive where they asked fellow journalists to bring new or gently used hard cover books at the door. Pilar Portela, Business Wire Florida Media Relations Supervisor and NAHJ South Florida At Large Officer helped organize the event and held a Business Wire Florida office book drive. Together they successfully rose over 50 books and more awareness of SWSG South Florida
Pilar and NAHJ South Florida’s President Christine Armario dropped off the collected books at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary school library in southwest Miami-Dade County. Stoneman serves 1,300 students in grades pre-kindergarten to five on three campuses and offers a dual-language curriculum of English and Spanish.
Due to the large number of students Stoneman serves there are still many book shelves to fill in the library, especially in their Spanish section. For more information about Strong Women Strong Girls and city locations go to: http://swsg.org/.