District Receives Book Donation from Lt. Governor

Earlier this month, the district’s summer enrichment program welcomed special guest New York State Lt. Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul in an effort to promote reading.

During her visit to Northwest Elementary School, Hochul presented 500 books to the district, courtesy of Scholastic, for students of many different reading levels. As part of Scholastic’s summer reading challenge, “Be a Reading Superhero,” the company is giving away more than 20,000 books this summer throughout the country, and Amityville was selected as New York State’s recipient.

Hochul also spent time telling the students about her job and reading “Julius,” written by Angela Johnson and illustrated by Dav Pilkey, about a girl and her new large pet pig. She reminded the students how important it is to read during the summer to keep their minds sharp.

“We were thrilled to have the lieutenant governor visit our students in our summer enrichment program and very grateful to her for her very generous gift to our students of books from Scholastic,” Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly said. “The students will make great use of the books throughout the summer and during the school year.”

The summer enrichment program, housed at Northwest, has approximately 550 students who will be entering kindergarten through seventh grade. The program is held every Monday through Thursday in July, and includes reading, writing, math and STEAM activities.