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Jan 10, 2019 2:11 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Tuckahoe School News, January 17

Jan 14, 2019 9:47 AM

Tuckahoe School

Recently, Allyson Downs and Emma McAuley visited Antoinette Counihan’s and Jean Dodici’s second grade classes to help inspire their students to grow their love of reading and build their reading skills at home. Several years ago, Ms. Downs created a community service project with her brother and sister called Builders and Books. Their goal was to help provide local children with reading material to help build a love of reading and improve their reading skills. Throughout the years, they have worked on various projects toward that goal. They collected thousands of new and gently-used children’s books and distributed them through a variety of avenues. Some years they gave out bookshelves filled with hundreds of books to local families. Other years they donated new and gently-used books to shelters for women and children. Using funds from a Southampton Youth Bureau grant, the women bought and hand painted reading bags for each student. They also filled the bags with books and information about local organizations that the children can visit for more reading inspiration.

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