|Area Volunteers Ready for Community Reading Day|
Wednesday, April 27th is Community Reading Day in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and volunteers from throughout the Greater Hazleton Area have joined a regional partnership designed to promote literacy in the area.
The program was established many years ago to bring the business community together with school students to stress the importance of literacy. Volunteers from Chamber member businesses and other entities are asked to volunteer a half-hour of their time on Community Reading Day to read a story to a local first or second grade class. The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce has spearheaded the event in the Hazleton Area for the past fifteen years with the support and cooperation of the Hazleton Area School District, local parochial schools, and Hazleton Head Start programs.
Chamber President Donna Palermo says the event is an important partnership. "Past experience tells us that Community Day is an exciting time for both the students and the readers involved. Volunteers report wonderful experiences in their attempts to share the joy of reading with area students."
Volunteers have been signing up to the Chamber for several weeks now and all schools are been assigned volunteers . Palermo said many volunteers received their books at a special pre-event Readers who were not able to attend the breakfast should pick up their books at the Chamber offices at 20 W. Broad Street, Hazleton, by Tuesday, April 26th.
Community Reading Day will take place from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at public, parochial schools and Head Start facilities throughout the Hazleton Area. The program also extends to other sections of Luzerne County, Lackawanna, and Wayne Counties. Palermo says, "we at the Chamber are glad to join with our regional counterparts in helping to promote this most worthwhile effort and we thank those businesses who are able to provide volunteer readers from their workforce to read to the young people of our area. It shows a real commitment from the business community to assist the area schools in promoting literacy in the community. Each reader’s book is donated by Bank of America and presented to the class for inclusion in their library.
Readers who will be participating include: Ann Marie Barr; Alexandria Batista and Beatriz Roca, Bank of America; Paul Oswald, Boy Scouts of America; Theresa Breenan, Brennan Legal Services; Melissa Frederick, CAN DO, Inc.; Marsha Macalush, CTC Mfg.; AnnaMarie Donadi and Danielle Galada, Donadi Grafix; Nancy Gerlach, Dryfoos Insurance Agency; Elle Clark, Elle’s Chocolaterie & Café; Maureen Gregory, Faith Assembly o f God; Rev. Jane Hess, Faith United Church of Christ; Christine Gresh, FNCB; Paula Hahn and Kathleen Vozar, Fritzingertown Senior Living Community; Melissa Curto, Lea Ann Dudinyak, Patti Peters, Rhonda Koscuk, Jack Vozar and Marie Clark, Greater Hazleton Health Alliance; Robert Gillespie, Gillespie, Miscavige, Ferdinand & Baranko; Leann Fallabel and Linda Mantush, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce; Barb Gennaro and Debbie Gennaro, Greater Hazleton Senior Citizens, Kelly Swope, Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA;Lynn Koch, Gunderson Rehab. Unit Hazleton General Hospital; Marilynne Spear, Hazle Drugs,; Sandie Mumich, Hazleton General Hospital; Sandra Medina-Lopez, Mercedes Cruz and Ana Garcia, Hazleton Migrant Office; Lisa Micholochick, Hazleton Trinity Nursery/Kindergarten; Anna Silkowski, Hazleton YMCA/YWCA; Lisa Marie Halecky, Heritage Hill Senior Community; Patricia Holly and Teresa Holly, Hazleton General Hospital Library; Laura Jones, Hazleton Health and Wellness Center; Wally Iffert, Integral Investment Group; Tracy Smithnosky, KNBT; Marianne Pindar, Lackawanna College; Joe Clark, Leadership Hazleton; Jennifer Baker, Learning Tree; Kristen Buczynski and Jennine Mazurkiwecz, Local News 13; Angie Yenchko and Joan Buffington, M&T Bank; Lori Welliver and Candice Pop, Manpower; Mary Labert, McAdoo Borough; Lani Drobnock and Tess Verheyen, McCann School of Business and Technology; Steve Jordan, Merrill Lynch; Nevin Baskin, Mountain Valley Martial Arts; Diane Hess, Brian Glasgow, Jennifer Shoemaker, and Fred King, OfficeMax; Cathy Colangelo, Partners in Education; Sylvia Gougenhour and Terri Bissol, PNC Bank; Al Onuschak and Florie McNelis, PPL; Cathy Kurtz, Providence Place; Stephanie Beavers, Refining Your Written Image; Kim Lescowitch, Susquehanna Bank; Jennifer Frey, The Sleep Disorder Center; Scott Koch and Millie Beach, UGI Utilities; Pat Ward, United Way of Greater Hazleton; Bill Waschko, Marty Burns, Lisa Schugardt, Beth Mensinger and Ann Gownley, WYLN.
Additional partners for Community Reading Day in addition to the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America include the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Carbondale Area Chamber of Commerce, the South Valley Chamber, the Wayne County Chamber, the Northeastern PA Reading Association, and Boyds Mills Press.
To join The Chamber, please download, complete and fax or mail this form to the Chamber.
(Call 570-455-1509 for membership fee, based on company size.)