Celebrating Reading

McKinley-Brighton Elementary 5th grade students Ny’monie Smith (left) and Imari Brown (right) show off their new books.

“I do not like them in a box. I do not like them with a fox.” OCC Provost Dr. Daria Willis read those words to Pre-K students as she shared the Dr. Seuss classic “Green Eggs & Ham” with them. Dr. Willis was at McKinley-Brighton Elementary school along with dozens of other College employees as part of Read Across America Day, a nationwide celebration that takes place annually on March 2. Harsh winter weather postponed the celebration at McKinley-Brighton until April 9.

The festivities were part of a double dose of reading pleasure. The College also hosted a book fair at McKinley-Brighton. More than 1,300 new books were brought in and spread out on tables in the library. Students came to the library one class at a time and were given the opportunity to review the reading choices. Each student was allowed to select two books to keep. Student’s also received a backpack highlighting OCC’s partnership with McKinley-Brighton. 5th grade students who do reports on their new books will be treated to a pizza party in June.

The Book Fair was made possible thanks to a grant from the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation with additional assistance from the OCC Foundation.

The reading events were part of a partnership between OCC and three Syracuse schools aimed at helping students think about career opportunities and higher education at a younger age. The partner schools include McKinley-Brighton, Meachem Elementary and J.T. Roberts Pre-K 8 School.

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