Kids Reading To Kids Takes Off

Left to right in photo: Ms. Geraldine Farrell, Paraprofessional; Ms. Rosemarie Pray, Librarian; Mr. Joseph Tortorice, Parent; Alexis Darrow, Student; Dr. Scott Muller, Assistant Principal; Cheryl Rodriquez, Student; Ms. Carla LaBella, Teacher, and Ms. Jane Kowalski, Teacher.
Left to right in photo: Ms. Geraldine Farrell, Paraprofessional; Ms. Rosemarie Pray, Librarian; Mr. Joseph Tortorice, Parent; Alexis Darrow, Student; Dr. Scott Muller, Assistant Principal; Cheryl Rodriquez, Student; Ms. Carla LaBella, Teacher, and Ms. Jane Kowalski, Teacher.

The Walt Whitman School Based Management (SBM) Team is a group of dedicated staff, parents, and students who strive to better the learning experience for the students of Whitman. They meet regularly and discuss the pulse of their particular building; there is an SBM team for each of South Huntington’s school buildings. The SBM team holds events throughout the year that work to accomplish definite goals based on their core mission.

“Last year we noticed a need to get books in the hands of our students’ younger siblings,” said SBM member and Whitman librarian Rosemarie Pray. “We wanted to tell parents to say to their high school students, ‘go get a book and bring it home to read to your brother or sister.'”

‘“Kids Reading To Kids’ is a program that encourages our high school students to read to their younger siblings or relatives,” said SMB member and Whitman senior Alexis Darrow. “Our book program is a library on-a-cart that is placed in various locations, including the north and south cafeteria, library, and student services area,” said Whitman senior and SBM member Cheryl Rodriguez.  “We accept donated books at our main office and then offer them to students to borrow and take home to read to their siblings.”

The ‘Kids Reading To Kids’ program offers a large selection of books for every age group.  “When we recognized a need we looked at the situation and immediately worked on making it something positive for our students and community,” said SBM member and Whitman Assistant Principal Dr. Scott Muller. “The ‘Kids Reading To Kids’ book program answers that need.”

The SBM team at Whitman is actively involved in other projects as well. “Last year the team held a Cyber Bullying program that educated students via a poster series about what appropriate online behavior is and how to treat others,” said Alexis Darrow. “Just this past year we were helping a mentoring program.”

The Whitman SBM team encourages district families to take advantage of their ‘Kids Reading To Kids’ program. Whether you want to donate books or encourage your students to read more, we invite you to contact Dr. Scott Muller at Walt Whitman High School at: scmuller@shufsd.org.