Standing O is shouting out to literacy

Challenge accomplished: Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is surrounded by students who completed the summer reading challenge.
Erica Sherman

Sheepshead Bay

Cheers and huzzas to the students who took the dare and finished this year’s summer reading challenge. Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D–Sheepshead Bay) handed out merit certificates to elementary, intermediate, and high school students who read at least 15 books over the summer during a ceremony at his district office last month.

“Fizz, Boom, Read” was the theme of the Brooklyn Public Library-led program to advance the principles of science, technology, engineering, and math. More than 126,000 students participated this year — more than in the program’s 10-year history! — proving you can’t a beat a good read, said Linda Johnson, the library’s president and chief executive officer.

“Whether they were enjoying the quiet of their neighborhood branch or taking in the sunshine in Prospect Park or Coney Island, a record number of Brooklyn’s young readers spent their summers with a good book,” she said. “This was a great year for summer reading.”

Standing O pal Cymbrowitz regularly reads to young children at public libraries in his district.

“I have always been a strong advocate for literacy,” he said. So is Standing O.

District Office [1800 Sheepshead Bay Rd. between Emmons Avenue and Shore Parkway in Sheepshead Bay, (718) 743–4078].

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