Fifth-graders at Washington Irving shared their love of reading with third-graders to mark the International Day of Literacy. The global movement takes place every year on Sept. 8, and students from the Public Schools of The Tarrytowns celebrated the day when they returned to school on Monday. UNESCO declared The International Day of Literacy in 1966 to promote the importance of literacy for all individuals, communities and societies.
The third-graders gathered on the school’s playground to hear the stories during recess. “The children are excited to read to the other students,” said WI Librarian Keri DiLascio. “This also acts as a way for the older to students to mentor the third-graders and welcome them to the school.”
Fifth-grader Michael Varinno enjoyed reading to the younger children. “They should know that the school is a friendly place and they get to read many different stories. It feels good.”