Posted by Christina Jedra May 31, 2013 05:06 PM
The following was submitted by the Harrington School:
The E. J. Harrington School is a Level IV Underperforming inner-city school with approximately 90% of the students qualifying for the free and reduced federal breakfast and lunch program. Both students and teachers, along with our principal Debra Ruggiero, have been working diligently to develop an awareness of books, literacy and love of reading within our school. We believe that a positive modeling experience for our students to witness firsthand, is a community leader, that values books and reading.
Today, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary for the Harrington Community Reads Day in which leaders in the community and state joined us to read stories to all the classes. Carole Shutzer, the school librarian has been hosting this event for the past 10 years. Our guests today was a wide range - from Attorney General Martha Coakley, Mayor Judith Kennedy (of Lynn), Dr. Chester Mitchell (Commissioner of Education), Senator Tom McGee, State Representative Lori Ehrlich, Dr. Catherine Latham Superintent of Public Schools, Chief of Police Kevin Coppinger, Fire Captain Joe Zukas plus 6 other firefighters, Kat Black (author), Deb Ansourlin (director of Girls Inc), business owners such as Salvy from salvy Florist and David Solimine of Solomine, Landergan and Rhodes, to the mascot of the North Shore Navigators (Chompers) and many more. An added bonus was that Steve Grossman (State Treasurer) came and read to all of the 4th, 5th and 6th graders. It was a fabulous day to celebrate the love of reading.
One of the best parts of the day is that the kids dress as their favorite book character.