Birch Family Services Celebrates Read Across America Day

Council Member Kristy Marmorato reads to students at PBECC.

At Birch Family Services, Read Across America Day, celebrated March 1st, is not just about reading, it’s about fostering a love for literacy and spreading joy throughout our community. This year’s event was no exception, as students from our nine schools came together with several parents, staff, Board Members, Young Professionals Board Members, and community partners to read and share in exciting activities connected to this year’s book selection, “Go Dog Go” by P.D. Eastman.

In addition to our students’ efforts, Read Across America Day welcomed special guests from our staff and community to join in the fun. Bronx Deputy Borough President Janet Peguero, Council Member Kristy Marmorato, and Council Member Farah Louis were among those who shared their love of reading with our students. These guests had an opportunity to be in the teacher’s seat and lead a read aloud as well as work with our students in group discussions, interactive activities, and arts and crafts.

Bronx Deputy Borough President Janet Peguero reads to students.

“I know this is celebrated nationwide, but I am really excited that I got to spend this day here in the Bronx, my home, it means a lot,” said Janet Peguero. “I love Birch, we love everything that they do here, how committed the teachers and the instructors are to the children and the development of our children. I am proud of the work that’s being done here.”

Inspired by the book this year, students at our Mill Basin Early Childhood Center embarked on a special initiative to give back to our furry friends. Collecting dog toys, towels, blankets, and treats, our students showed their compassion and commitment to helping animals in need.