2010-12-17 / School News

New Democratic Club Gives Children The Gift Of Reading

By Miriam Rosenberg

Emerson, 6, seen reading a Clifford the Big Red Dog book, took his time in deciding which book he wanted to take home. When asked why they love to read, the children’s answers ranged from increasing their knowledge to learning new words. Emerson, 6, seen reading a Clifford the Big Red Dog book, took his time in deciding which book he wanted to take home. When asked why they love to read, the children’s answers ranged from increasing their knowledge to learning new words. In an effort to inspire parents to buy their children the gift of education through books, the New Progressive Democratic Club kicked off its presence in the Rockaways on Tuesday with the distribution of more than 400 books to daycare centers and organizations throughout the peninsula.

“We’re hearing a lot, whenever we go into schools, that children aren’t being prepared … they’re not reading on grade level,” said Donovan Richards, the president of the New Progressive Democratic Club and the chief of staff for Councilman James Sanders Jr., who sponsored the event.

The community donated approximately 400 books.

Donovan Richards, the president of the New Progressive Democratic Club and the chief of staff for Councilman James Sanders, helps Renier and Zaira, both 4, pick out books. Donovan Richards, the president of the New Progressive Democratic Club and the chief of staff for Councilman James Sanders, helps Renier and Zaira, both 4, pick out books. Sheldon R. Weaver Day Care Center, Lucille Rose Day Care Center, Blanche Day Care Center, Hammels Day Care Center, Tran-sitional Services of the Rockaways and Rockaway Headstart will all receive books.
Which book to choose? Children from Miss D’s Daycare Center were the first to benefit from the book distribution, as they look over a table full of books at a book giveaway from the New Progressive Democratic Club held at Councilman Sanders’ office on Tuesday evening. Which book to choose? Children from Miss D’s Daycare Center were the first to benefit from the book distribution, as they look over a table full of books at a book giveaway from the New Progressive Democratic Club held at Councilman Sanders’ office on Tuesday evening.
Lucille Sharp, the director of Headstart at 71-14 Beach Channel Drive, receives a box of books from Richards to take back to the children at her facility. Lucille Sharp, the director of Headstart at 71-14 Beach Channel Drive, receives a box of books from Richards to take back to the children at her facility.

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