Reading Relay Makes a Stop at Oakwood

A true family for literacy gathers before some fun reading began.
A true family for literacy gathers before some fun reading began.
New York State Assemblyman Mr. Chad Lupinacci at Oakwood, where he began is public education.
New York State Assemblyman Mr. Chad Lupinacci at Oakwood, where he began is public education.
KPMG Managing Partner Mr. Anthony N. Dalessio is introduced to a first-grade class.
KPMG Managing Partner Mr. Anthony N. Dalessio is introduced to a first-grade class.
Ms. Angela Stewart from Adecco, is having a great time with her class of new readers.
Ms. Angela Stewart from Adecco, is having a great time with her class of new readers.
Schools Superintendent Dave Bennardo gets plenty of insightful questions from this group of students.
Schools Superintendent Dave Bennardo gets plenty of insightful questions from this group of students.
KPMG’s Julie Samuel’s gets some help from Peter Rabbit to the delight of Oakwood’s students.
KPMG’s Julie Samuel’s gets some help from Peter Rabbit to the delight of Oakwood’s students.
Peter Rabbit hands out gift bags to each student containing the five books donated by KPMG.
Peter Rabbit hands out gift bags to each student containing the five books donated by KPMG.
These five books are classics and should be in every young readers library.
These five books are classics and should be in every young readers library.

Oakwood Primary Center helped global accounting firm KPMG celebrate the 5-year anniversary of their KFFL– Family for Literacy program this past Wednesday. “We established our Family for Literacy program 5 years-ago and have since donated over 2 Million books, with over 10,000 being donated here on long Island alone,” said KPMG Audit Manager Tommy Leung.  

Back at Oakwood, KPMG and corporate friends from Adecco, Adelphi University, and Medical Action Industries helped decorate 2 rooms to compliment Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Peter Rabbit, including an oversized version of Peter Rabbit himself.  “As part of our 5 year anniversary we’re are giving away 5 books to every student we read to,” said Mr. Leung. "The Tale of Peter Rabbit is one of the books that each child will receive today.” 

“KPMG is focused on eradicating Illiteracy,” continued Mr. Leung. “Our KFFL Reading Relay began on November 1st in our Washington, DC office and we are making our way across the country.”  The group’s next stop will be their Minneapolis office. At the end of the 2-month tour, over 100,000 books will have been donated.

New York State Assemblyman Mr. Chad Lupinacci was on hand and spent part of his morning reading to a 1st-grade class in the very same room his public education began in. “Reading is so important to integrate into everyday life and by making it a fun experience and starting early, children will have a great foundation from which to build upon,” said Lupinacci. “No matter what career you choose in life, reading skills and comprehension are critical to your success.” 

Working with corporations, both locally and nationally, are creating dynamic programs and activities here in South Huntington and we commend Oakwood Principal Ms. Eileen Kerrigan for bringing this important program to her students.

Thank you again to our new friends at KPMG.