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BRONX TIMES REPORTER, M BTR AY 24-30, 2019 79
Summer Reading Challenge
DOT’s Traffi c proposal for
Southern Boulevard is unpopular
Bronx Columbus Parade
grand marshals are selected
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nice to see our school from a different
vantage point and I really appreciate
the sentiment, and being chosen and
recognized by the MPCA.”
The parade is a chance for all students
to celebrate Italian-American
heritage, which the school does during
“It is a big school spirit for us,” said
Gilligan, adding “No matter what ethnicity,
they still come out and participate
in this community event. Everyone
is Italian for a day.”
Gilligan is a vice-president of the
Bronx chapter of the Forum of Italian
American Educators and has been an
educator for 24 years, fi rst in School
District 8 and later in District 11.
She added she is proud of her Irish
and Italian heritage.
Summer is a time for fun and lifelong
memories, whether that’s playing
outside with friends until dinnertime,
taking family vacations or
diving into a pile of books. To encourage
kids to spend some time
with new or familiar characters, Assemblyman
Benedetto is partnering
with New York State libraries and inviting
children to participate in the
Assembly’s annual Summer Reading
Challenge. This year’s theme is
science and space with the slogan,
“A Universe of Stories,” encouraging
young readers to expand their
horizons, explore the world around
them with STEM-related activities
and dream big. Young readers are
awarded with the Assembly Excellence
in Reading certifi cate to recognize
their efforts and dedication.
“Just picking up a book transports
kids to fantastical places, back
in time or far into the future, off on
exciting adventures or into the lives
of historical fi gures,” Benedetto said.
“These tales teach us important lessons
and expand our minds with new
and thrilling ideas. Once the school
year ends, we need to make sure kids
keep on reading for a brighter, successful
Summer reading is a simple way
for kids to pass the time on their days
off and is highly effective in maintaining
their academic skills. Too often,
kids’ reading levels slip during
the summer, a phenomenon known
as “summer slide,” and they spend
crucial time in the fall trying to
catch back up, sometimes with great
diffi culty. Ensuring kids have time
during their breaks to pick up a good
book isn’t only a great way to have
fun – it prepares them for the new
school year by keeping their young
minds active, the ssemblyman noted.
By partnering with New York
State libraries, the Assembly Summer
Reading Challenge allows more
kids to explore their local libraries
and the services they offer. Libraries
have a vast amount of enriching programs
for both kids and adults that
are worth taking advantage of, noted
To make sure no child goes hungry
this summer, local area libraries
offers free meals.
The challenge asks children to
read a book for a minimum of 15 minutes
a day for at least 40 days during
July and August. Children can
read on their own or with a partner
or caregiver and mark off days on
the calendar provided. Once they’ve
completed 40 days or more, they submit
the calendar to Benedetto and
then receive a certifi cate in the mail.
For more information about the
Summer Reading Challenge, visit
summerreadingnys.org, email benedettom@
nyassembly.gov or call his
offi ce at( 718) 892-2235.
who primarily use their own cars.
“Most of Arthur Avenue’s patrons
drive in from Westchester, Connecticut
and elsewhere,” Sanchez said fearing
the plan would hurt the small businesses
if customers can’t park in close
While the DOT has not established
a timetable for the redesign
of Southern Boulevard, there will be
another component of the plan that
spans as far north, to Mosholu Parkway
from Southern Boulevard.
It will be discussed during a CB 7
public meeting at its offi ce on Thursday,
June 6 at 6:30 p.m.
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