I love New York. Is it the excitement in Times Square? Maybe it’s that really good, greasy pizza? Or it could be the pastrami on rye sandwich with a pickle on the side? Maybe it’s Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and all the stores & window displays (especially during this time of year). Could it be Bryant Park, a favorite stop for hubby and me? No, I actually think it’s the energy of the people as you walk down the street. Walking down the street in New York is the epitome of “brisk walk”. (Have you ever noticed there is no such thing as “strolling” down a NYC street?) And I love hearing all the different languages encountered as you pass by everyone! OK, …it’s really a combination of all those things that make me love NYC. Well now, NYC has given me another reason to love it even more - NYCReads365!
NYC READS 365
Have you heard of New York’s latest literacy initiative, NYC Reads 365? It was announced in November. All 5 boroughs are involved. The Press Release states it’s a multi-year citywide literacy effort to promote a City that reads every day, in and outside of school. There is an official page on the DOE website that states,”NYC Reads 365 challenges New Yorkers to read every single day. Read for pleasure, read to find out, read to argue, read to persuade, read to laugh, read to cry, read to understand, and read to forget. Help us create a new generation of readers.” I LOVE THAT!!
Also available on the website are resources such as bookmarks, posters by artist Robert Pizzo featuring an iconic landmark for each borough (which are available in 9 different languages!), reading lists (PreK-12) which will be updated annually (wow…that in itself is a gift!), and specific resources and activities for parents and educators. I've already chosen my favorite poster - Brooklyn which features the Brooklyn Bridge. I have a "thing" for bridges.
COMMITMENT TO LITERACY
The Chancellor of NYC kicked off this initiative with children’s book author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jon Scieszka in Brooklyn. The City is also working with local libraries and community-based organizations to share NYC Reads 365 materials and resources.
NYC isn’t just building the excitement for literacy, but they are making that commitment to the students and their families in order to have literate citizens. And how are they doing that? By providing the resources for parents and educators, making the books available in school libraries, and staffing the schools with reading coaches to support the teachers, and reaching out to the entire city to help support this initiative. This type of initiative takes strategic planning, time, and money. It appears as if they are in it for the long haul!
One expects NYC to be on the cutting edge of all things new and fabulous (at least I do!). Sounds like they have done it again and I’m excited to follow the progress of this literacy initiative. I’ve actually got goose bumps just thinking about NYC Reads 365!
Let's all think about what WE can do in our OWN COMMUNITIES to show our commitment to literacy.
See you next Wednesday!