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Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association reads to first graders on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

March 4, 2015 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A group from the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association went to P.S. 274 in Bushwick to read Dr. Seuss books to first graders. From left: Hon. Nancy Bannon, Joy Thompson, Principal Maritza Ollivierra-Jones, Hon. Sadia Graham, Hon. Joanne Quiñones, Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix, Derefim Neckles, Deborah Johnson and Assistant Principal Aimee Perez.  See brooklynarchive.com for more photos. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese
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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not,” Dr. Seuss once wrote in “The Lorax.”

That was the shared idea when a group from the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA) visited an elementary school in Bushwick on Monday as part of a Read Across America event — to help make the community better by getting kids excited about reading.

“We’re always looking for ways to get more involved in community service, and Read Across America was one of the things that the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York suggested,” Hon. Joanne Quiñones said. “We immediately loved the idea because [it] gets the kids excited about reading.”

Organized by Judge Quiñones, BWBA members visited P.S. 274 — the school she attended as a youngster — dressed in Dr. Seuss hats as they read to a group of first graders. They also handed out goodies to the kids including their own book to take home, a tote bag, bookmarks, crayons, stickers and more.

“Last year was the first year we did it, and it was super exciting,” Quiñones said. “We were very excited to come in and read to the kids. The kids were amazing. They were into it, and they looked adorable in their little hats.”

Read Across America is an annual event that falls on Dr. Seuss’ birthday and encourages community service with children. It’s a national event done by the National Education Association and has been going on since 1997.


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