Coastline’s Foster Grandparent Program and the New Bedford School Committee delivered more than 350 books to Jireh Swift School. Pictured above are (l-r): School Committee Vice-Chair Colleen Dawicki, FGP volunteer Anne Demers, Coastline Assistant Planner Zachary Boyer, Teacher Heidi Telles, Teacher Ashley Sylvia, FGP volunteer Mary Rios, FGP Director Jacqueline Medeiros, Teacher Nicole Dressel, Volunteer Priscilla Santos, Teacher Stephanie Conde, Principal Tonya Vitorino, and School Committee member Ross Grace Jr., shown in Jireh Swift’s second grade class.


Coastline and the New Bedford School Committee teamed up in March to give local schoolchildren more opportunities to read. The two organizations hosted a book drive during March to collect books for the Jireh Swift Elementary School in the city. 

The successful drive collected more than 350 children’s books that were shared with the school on March 29.  

Book donations came from the community, School Committee members and Coastline volunteers and employees. 

Jireh Swift Elementary School was the selected destination for the book drive, as the school is located on Acushnet Avenue in the city’s North End, just two blocks from Coastline’s new building on Belleville Avenue. 

School Committee Vice-chair Colleen Dawicki and member Ross Grace Jr. joined Coastline Foster Grandparent Director Jacqueline Medeiros and Assistant Planning Director Zachary Boyer along with program volunteers to deliver and give the books to the school. 

Foster Grandparents is an AmeriCorps Seniors Program and is accepting volunteers. Volunteers give a minimum of 15 hours a week assisting in a classroom or with children enrolled in educational programs such as preschools, head starts, and other youth-based organizations. Volunteers work one-on-one and in small groups with children, focusing on literacy and academics, communication, and social skills which are needed to help a child succeed.  

To apply, call 508-742-9198 or email Jaqueline Medeiros at