End of Year Celebration 2019

Chancellor Carranza and attendees

Chancellor Carranza and attendees

Student speaker Brady from HCCS, Chancellor Carranza, and Brady’s instructor from years ago, Xiomara Turull

Student speaker Brady from HCCS, Chancellor Carranza, and Brady’s instructor from years ago, Xiomara Turull

Literacy Trust staff

Literacy Trust staff

Brady discussing his experience with Reading Rescue years ago

Brady discussing his experience with Reading Rescue years ago

Our End of Year Celebration was a roaring success! We ate, drank, and celebrated our awardees at 26 Bridge in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Full list of awardees:

Administrators of the Year:
Sheila Durant, P.S. 85 X
Dionne Jaggon, P.S. 111 Q
Angelo Sacco, P.S. 180 K

Instructors of the Year:
Jessica Alestra, P.S. 69 Q
Sasha Garcia, P.S. 106 K
Constance Kong, P.S. 2 M
Patrick Lindsey, P.S. 54 X
Denise Pucciarelli, P.S. 56 R

Program Coordinators of the Year:
Angela Robinson, P.S. 43 X
Jessica Sculco, P.S. 62 Q

ULIT Reading Rescue Instructors of the Year:
Katharine Mitchell, District 27
Taikeya Richberg, District 10
Lisa Schwartz, District 9

Literacy Leader of the Year:
Lavinia Mancuso, Executive Director, Everyone Reading

Community Partners of the Year:
Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity and Young Men’s Initiative

The evening opened with remarks by Brady, a 7th grader at Hellenic Classical Charter School who had talked about how Reading Rescue changed his life and educational trajectory. He told us about trying out for a play, enjoying school, and a huge increase in his confidence.

Closing remarks were delivered by NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. Chancellor Carranza said that literacy is a key factor in closing educational gaps and working towards educational equity, and we couldn’t agree more.

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