Holiday Reading Shares a Message About Simple Acts of Kindness
December 3, 2014 – Children’s book author, Lu Ann Schnable Kaldor and illustrator, Eve Gendron, joined us and Boriken Neighborhood Health Center for a special children’s book reading at PS 112 in East Harlem. PreK and Kindergarten students enjoyed a reading of Schnable and Gendron’s book, The Angels on My Tree, a holiday story with a message about the power of simple acts of kindness.
PS 112 is one of three school in which Boriken Neighborhood Health Center has a School Health Program. These programs, serving 1,500 children altogether, bring a clinical setting into the school, with a doctor who can can provide physicals and other care beyond the scope of a typical school nurse.
Boriken Neighborhood Health Center also has a robust Reach Out and Read program, promoting early literacy to children in East Harlem at regular checkups. “We’re in a community that is underserved,” said Boriken’s Outreach Coordinator, Ricardo Concepción. “We have these captured audiences in our WIC, Pediatrics, Bilingual Head Start, and School Health Programs. Anything we can do to increase literacy for children in these programs is a plus.”
“To share a book with a child is sharing a new world. Every story is a gift”
All of the children participating in the reading received their own copy of The Angels on My Tree. The author, Lu Ann Schnable Kaldor, said: “Having the opportunity to read my story to the children of PS 112 was an honor. Thank you to Reach Out and Read of Greater New York for reminding us of the importance of reading to our children.”
The book’s illustrator, Eve Gendron, added: “It’s the message and the purpose of the book to share acts of kindness. To share a book with a child is sharing a new world. Every story is a gift.”
Our special thanks for helping coordinate this event go to the readers, to Ricardo Concepción and Nora Tepetitla from Boriken Neighborhood Health Center, PS 112 Parent Coordinator Diana Martinez and the classroom teachers.