Making Life-Long Readers @ Birchwood

Birchwood Intermediate School helped global accounting firm KPMG celebrate the 9-year anniversary of their KFFL– Family for Literacy program. On Monday morning KPMG employees met for coffee, a brief overview, and a group photo before fanning out to Birchwood’s third-grade classes.
Birchwood Intermediate School helped global accounting firm KPMG celebrate the 9-year anniversary of their KFFL– Family for Literacy program. On Monday morning KPMG employees met for coffee, a brief overview, and a group photo before fanning out to Birchwood’s third-grade classes.
KPMG readers engaged our third-graders by reading a true heart-warming story and asking questions about what they had read. The students were then given their own books to take home and share with their families.
KPMG readers engaged our third-graders by reading a true heart-warming story and asking questions about what they had read. The students were then given their own books to take home and share with their families.
Thank you again to our good friends at KPMG.
Thank you again to our good friends at KPMG.
Left to right: Whitman seniors Danielle Barbarito and Melissa Triolo volunteered to deliver books donated by KPMG to all of Birchwood's classes. Both lady Wildcats are gearing up for their last season playing softball at Whitman. Go Wildcats… another playoff run?
Left to right: Whitman seniors Danielle Barbarito and Melissa Triolo volunteered to deliver books donated by KPMG to all of Birchwood's classes. Both lady Wildcats are gearing up for their last season playing softball at Whitman. Go Wildcats… another playoff run?

We were so thrilled to have KPMG's Family for Literacy (KFFL) readers at Birchwood Intermediate School on Monday, March 20th.  In 2008, in collaboration with the award-winning nonprofit social enterprise First Book, KPMG, a world-wide accounting firm with offices in Melville, established KPMG's Family for Literacy to combat childhood illiteracy.

Approximately 20 KPMG employees (accountants and administrative staff) visited Birchwood’s third-grade classes and after first introducing themselves to the children, they discussed what KPMG is and does, and then read the book, Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson to the children. Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story--which was turned into a film, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey--is nothing short of remarkable. 

All of the third-graders were excited to receive a copy of a book and a bookmark for their very own. We were so fortunate to be part of this wonderful corporation and look forward to continuing our partnership with KPMG and First Book. “Each of our fourth and fifth grade classes received some books for their classroom libraries,” said Principal Ciccarelli. “We thank KPMG for supporting Birchwood's goal of building lifelong learners and readers.”

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