Local Book Lover Makes Donation to United Neighborhood Centers

Isabella Luciani

Scranton Prep senior, Isabella Luciani, daughter of Robert and Heather Luciani of Dunmore, has had a lifelong love of reading. Through her various volunteer efforts, she has come to realize that some children are not as fortunate to be surrounded by books like she was as a child.

As a result, she has collected over 700 new and gently used books for children of all ages and donated them to Angel’s Attic, a part of Scranton’s United Neighborhood Centers.

After completing a service project this year with Project Hope, a summer camp for children of low income families also run by UNC, Isabella chose Angel’s Attic because she was inspired by the children she met.

She also liked the fact that children can go and choose their own books.

“I believe if they are able to choose their own book they will be more likely to want to read it.” Luciani said.

United Neighborhood center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local low-income families.


YMCA Receives Support From Feel Good Charities

Feel Good Charities photo

Feel Good Charities recently presented the Greater Scranton YMCA with a $2,200 contribution to support the Y’s Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, Summer Scholars.

The Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, a national initiative at the Y, supports cognitive, physical and social-emotional growth while focusing on helping children read at grade level.

Shown from left: Trish Fisher, CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA; participants of the 8:30 a.m. Power Cycling Class at the Y, and Frank Ross, Feel Good Motors & Feel Good Charities, owner.

Dunmore Students Take First Place in NEIU Reading Competition


Students in the Dunmore School District competed in the NEIU Reading Competition in May. The district had two middle school teams and three high school teams participating among approximately 600 students overall.

Ms. Dempsey and Mrs. Hurst took a team of seven sixth graders and six seventh graders. The reading competition at NEIU is intended to increase students’ reading for enjoyment. Teams of students were assigned a list of 45 books to read collectively.

Ms. Dempsey’s and Mrs. Hurst’s middle school team placed first overall.

The members of the first place team are:  Maria Aronica, Cadie Lewis, Ayman Mounota, Kristine Fagioli, Madison Waltz, Aiza Arshad, Zara Arshad, Micah Madrazo, Jacyln Marichak, Allison McNeff, Colby Murray, Andrew Padula, and Aden King.