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Elementary School Pupils Entertained During 'Read Aloud Day'

Bryant Romano, assistant principal at JFK Magnet School, read "Green Eggs and Ham" to second graders at Edison Elementary School in Port Chester on Wednesday marking Dr. Seuss' 112th birthday and "Read Aloud Day." Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Joan Grangenois-Thomas of Port Chester was among the community leaders who read aloud to third graders at Edison Elementary School on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Provided
"Read Aloud Day" at Edison Elementary, featured from left: Port Chester Superintendent Edward Kliszus; Bryant Romano, JFK assistant principal; Judy Diaz, JFK principal; Ivan Tolentino, Edison principal; and Samuel Ortiz, King Street School principal. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Hundreds of elementary school pupils were entertained and enlightened on Wednesday during "Read Aloud Day."

Authors, community leaders and administrators from the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District were among those who read aloud to youngsters at Edison Elementary School.

This year, World Read Aloud coincided with the National Education Association’s Read Across America Project, the nation’s largest reading event, which occurs on or around Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Seuss would have turned 112 on Wednesday.

Bryant Romano, assistant principal at JFK Magnet School, read Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" to the delight of a second grade class. Dressed in "Cat in the Hat" garb, Romano sparked wild laughter by pretending to eat green eggs and ham while reading.

Spearheading Port Chester's literacy celebration were Marcia Manzueta, a special education teacher, and Amy Simmons, fourth grade teacher.

Among this year's read-aloud guests were Joan Grangenois-Thomas, a community advisor to Daily Voice; Diane Gomez, associate professor at Manhattanville College; Leith Colton, well-being manager at the Carver Center; and Stephanie Kovacs-Cohen, a teaching artist who's involved in an ongoing "neighborhood bridges" partnership with Port Chester schools.

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