South Jamaica Reads (SJR) – A partnership of literacy organizations, including Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, working with families, schools, and the surrounding communities to ensure that children start school read to read and stay on track for academic success –hosted its first annual Night at the Museum event on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing, Queens.
SJR’s Night at the Museum celebration offered children and parents from local South Jamaica Public Schools – PS 40, PS 48, and PS 160- the opportunity to attend and explore the New York Hall of Science, with transportation provided and free admission to the museum. The event encouraged parents and children to interact, explore, and learn together, as well as inform parents about the importance utilizing and visiting cultural institutions for their child’s learning.
Each child received a SJR backpack with a book and critical school supplies.
SJR is a collaboration of ten partnering organizations with the collective mission to create literacy rich communities using a system of mutually reinforced activities that benefit children’s reading development and family engagement around literacy. Through this collaborative partnership, the partnering organizations are able to provide better support and services to children and families in the South Jamaica community from birth to 5th grade.
SJR’s other partnering organizations The Community Service Society (CSS), Jumpstart, Learning Leaders, Literacy Inc (LINC), The Parent-Child Home Program, The Queens Borough Public Library, Read Alliance, Reading Partners, and Summer Advantage USA worked together with the New York Hall of Science to host this event.