Literacy Is Top Priority

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The district was the recipient of more than 1,700 book donations thanks to the efforts of the Babylon Teachers’ Association and the Read Across Our Community initiative. The district participates in the New York State United Teachers-American Federation of Teachers program to provide access to books to eligible needy Title I children and organizations in the community. Babylon’s three buildings are currently all entitled to Title I funding.

“Due to the help and support of the Board of Education, our administration and staff, we were able to connect with the First Book program for donations to all of our schools,” said Robert Richardelli, president of the Babylon Teachers’ Association. “Literacy is a district-wide initiative and this effort will help to foster literacy in our community starting in the elementary schools and working up through the high school.”

School club members, student and staff volunteers spent the afternoon of Dec. 16 sorting through the books by grade level, boxing and distributing them to the appropriate grades. Books will be used for many different district literacy initiatives such as Parents As Reading Partners, the summer reading program and the Pre-K program.

“Babylon educators are so committed to our core belief that every teacher is a teacher of reading,” said Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi. “This district-wide effort, initiated by our teachers, is to be commended. I especially applaud our students who took part in this worthy cause, as they model for younger students the importance of being a literate learner in a literate world.”