Stellar sixth-grader Alex Spinelli beamed with pride when PS 207 Principal Mary Bosco presented him with a crisp new certificate for taking lots of exciting journeys over the summer — without leaving his home.
The 10-year-old was among an A-list crop of budding bookworms hailed by the administrator during a ceremony at the Marine Park school on Fillmore Avenue near Coleman Street for completing a summer reading challenge offered by Assemblyman Alan Maisel (D-Marine Park).
One by one, they strode up to the stage, exhibiting the type of confidence that comes with reading books: Amanda Esau, 11, smiled a secret smile as if giving herself a well-deserved pat on the back. Pals-in-print James Guariglia, 6, 9-year-old Antonio Lopez and Joseph Lopez, 5, displayed the books they had read during their vacations: “Leo the Late Bloomer,” “Poetry for Young People” and “The Snowy Day,” respectively. Cute-as-a-button kindergartener Kaylee Finch even enjoyed the royal treatment as Bosco bent down to present the 5-year-old her prized award.
The challenge helped foster the love of reading in children, said Literary Coach Deborah Getman.
“It’s a wonderful incentive,” she added.
— Shavana Abruzzo