FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 16, 2013) – For the sixth year in a row, the owners of Bennett’s Fresh Roast in downtown Fort Myers are encouraging children to read while out of school for the summer.

“Education shouldn’t stop when summer begins,” said Bennett’s co-owner and former teacher Frank Albano. “Reading is the perfect summer activity because it takes kids on different adventures and opens up their imaginations.”

Beginning June 1 through Sept. 1, Bennett’s will offer school-aged children from kindergarten through fifth grade a complimentary fresh donut each time they read a book at the downtown Fort Myers coffee shop. Each day during normal business hours and while daily supplies last, children can receive one free donut when they read a book and are accompanied by a parent. A selection of books appropriate for children are available for reading on-site.

“We have been really pleased with the response we’ve had over the past five years from all the kids and families, and we anxiously await summer to begin so we can bring this program back each year,” said Bennett’s owner Bob Grissinger. “If we can have a small part in helping parents encourage their kids to read, we’re happy to do it.”

Located off West First Street at 2011 Bayside Parkway, Bennett’s is housed in a bright and colorful 2,000-square-foot shop inside a lovingly restored 1943 former home.

“Our comfortable couches are the perfect spot for kids to curl up with a good book,” Albano added. “And when the summer weather cooperates, our outside patio is very relaxing, too. We encourage children’s laughter at our shop.”

In addition to fresh roasted coffee and hand-cut-from-scratch doughnuts, Bennett’s also offers fresh desserts from Bob Grissinger’s own recipe book including praline bread pudding, lemon bars and pies, giving area residents an alternative for afternoon snacks. Bennett’s also features packaged whole bean or ground coffees, breakfast muffins, strata, oatmeal and breakfast sandwiches. On the weekends, Bennett’s Strata (a layered baked breakfast dish) is a regular sellout. Tea lovers can choose from a large variety of Harney & Sons Fine Teas.

Lunch offerings including paninis, soups, sandwiches and four signature salads are available Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bennett’s is open Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call Bennett’s Fresh Roast at 239-332-0077 or visit