As the famous children’s author Dr. Seuss once said, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin and Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby intoned that message on “National Read a Book Day” as they donated a heaping helping of magic to Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center in Uniondale. Teaming up with the non-profit organization Reading Reflections, the pair of officials will convey over 2,000 new and unused books to the local school. They were joined by Ronald and Geraldine Clahar of Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center, as well as Reading Reflections President Eden Schneck and volunteer Alexandra Zarka.
“Books are the essential tools for success,” said Clavin. “Reading opens up a whole new world, whether it’s a fictional fantasy story or a non-fictional piece about the 1800s, you begin a new adventure every time you open a book. I’m proud that Reading Reflections has made possible the donation of over 2,000 new adventures to the voracious readers of Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center.”
Clavin and Goosby noted that the timing of this donation could not have been more perfect as families are in the swing of “back to school” week. With more than two thousand books in tow, Reading Reflections and the officials are equipping students with the vital keys to success. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, children who read at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who do not. However, children from low-income households have less age-appropriate books readily available, thereby limiting the language and literacy opportunities presented to them.
“I find that it is of crucial importance to keep our children reading,” said Goosby. “By providing a local school and early childhood center with over two thousand new books, we’re empowering students with the knowledge they need to succeed.”
The non-profit organization Reading Reflections promotes literacy through the donation of more than 50,000 books annually to local and international youth. The local organization was founded in memory of founder Eden Schneck’s grandparents who instilled the importance of education and a passion for reading in her. The organization came to full fruition as they created a library for Al-Madinah Islamic Academy after sustaining the devastating loss of their close friend, a young police detective who was originally spearheading the campaign. Since then, the organization has flourished with assistance from the community; helping reopen the Island Park Library as it recovered from Superstorm Sandy and delivering a veritable truckload of books to the non-profit organization Gateway Youth Outreach.
“We’re proud to join with Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin and Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby to help promote literacy and foster knowledge,” said Reading Reflections President Eden Schneck. “We love the eager students at Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center and are confident that our donation of books will help nurture a love of reading in them.”
Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center has been providing safe and affordable childcare facilities to hardworking families of Baldwin, Uniondale, Hempstead and Freeport for over 20 years. Originally opening their doors to children from ages 3-5, the school expanded their services to provide quality education to elementary students up to the fifth grade. Currently, the school provides a nurturing environment to 132 students in the preschool program and 100 students in the elementary school.
“Two thousand books is just the beginning,” concluded Clavin. “The lessons that these children will learn and the adventures they will be a part of will stick with them for years to come. What’s more, when the eager bookworms of Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center crave more adventures, their local libraries will always welcome them with open arms.”