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June 25, 2014

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Niagara Gazette — Watching the tear drenched pride flash across the faces of the proud families and friends like those of tiny little five year-old Aniyaha Thomas at the Twenty Forth Street School a few days ago affirms for me my belief that parents as well as students at the elementary school level are very passionately interested in getting a good education, so what happens between grade school and high school?

Again, I’m sure I don’t know, but I do know this: my mother and teachers read to us, and we read to each other. We all became voracious readers, we all graduated from high school, we all went on to higher education.

So, with reading in mind, I present this abbreviated 2014 Summer Reading Lists, aimed, but not intended solely for the target audience that seems to need the most help, according to the New York State Board of Regents Chancellor who admits that, “achievement gaps for minority students are not abating, especially when it comes to “advanced designation diplomas”, generally seen as a key to college entrance.

The selections from an article written by Aly Seidel for National Public Radio earlier this month will appeal to everyone regardless of the wealth, or lack thereof of your school district which includes no fewer than 10 unique districts, nearly 35,000 students with assets skills and passions that run the full gamut from A-Z.

It’s called, “A Diverse Summer Reading List For Kids”. The entire article, excerpted below, includes brief summaries of all twenty-five of Seidel’s selections is available online at npr.org and at #WeNeedDiverseBo

The books address themes like international adoption, biracial families and cultural history, to name a few. Not all of the authors are minorities, but every book features a protagonist of color that children can point to and say, “That’s me!”

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