MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (Aug. 8, 2017) —- Mount Vernon City School District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton will be a guest reader at the Mount Vernon Public Library’s Summer Buddies Reading Program on Thursday, Aug. 10.
Dr. Hamilton is one of many community and business leaders who will stop by to read to young library visitors during the summer to reinforce the importance of reading, especially during the months when school isn’t in session.
“The summer months are a critical time for students to continue to read so they maintain and even build on the wonderful literacy accomplishments they developed in our schools,” Dr. Hamilton said. “There’s always time for a good book. Whether the young people in our community read themselves, or have a great story read to them, reading paves the way for personal and professional success.”
Dr. Hamilton’s commitment to reading success is demonstrated in his annual Superintendent’s Reading Challenge. During the past school year, Dr. Hamilton challenged all pre-Kindergarten through eighth-graders to reach his goal of reading 150,000 books collectively during the school year. Pre-K students were challenged to read 15 books each; Kindergarteners through second-graders were challenged to read 40 books each; and third through eighth-grade students were challenged to read 30 books each.
Students surpassed the superintendent’s challenge, reading more than 156,000 during the school year. Those who met the goals were invited to the district’s year-end carnival to mark their success.
“The Mount Vernon Public Library’s Summer Reading Buddies program is another example of the community’s commitment to student achievement,” Dr. Hamilton added. “The school district is honored to be a part of this ongoing effort.”
The Summer Reading Buddies Program is held every Thursday at the Mount Vernon Public Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more, call 914-668-1840.
About Mount Vernon City School District
With more than 8,000 students in 16 schools, the Mount Vernon City School District is committed to providing a quality education to its children as well as developing programs that meet the diverse academic and social needs of its students.