When Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri took his oath of office in January 2017, he announced a staggering statistic. “In the suburbs, for every child there are 17 books in the home, but in the inner cities, there’s one book per 100 kids,” he said. Onofri committed to working with organizations to increase access to books for those children.
The Mercer County Bar Association (MCBA) stepped up to help, and through the effort of community co-chairs Stacey Geurds (Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office) and Robin Echevarria (MCBA), hundreds of books were collected throughout the months of March, April and May. The books are being donated to Gregory Elementary School in Trenton.
“The Mercer County Bar Association was happy to partner with Prosecutor Onofri to support such an important initiative,” Robert E. Lytle, president of the Mercer County Bar Association, said.
Pictured left to right: Robert E. Lytle, president of the Mercer County Bar Association; Trenton Mayor Eric E. Jackson; Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri; Trenton Police Director Ernest Parrey Jr.; and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives Veldon Harris.