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Rockland Executive Ed Day Reads To New City Third-Graders

Rockland County Executive Ed Day reads "The Day the Crayons Came Home" to third-graders at the New City Elementary School as part of the Clarkstown school district's "Pick a Reading Partner" program. Photo Credit: Clarkstown Central School District
Rockland County Executive Ed Day reads "The Day the Crayons Came Home" to third-graders at the New City Elementary School as part of the Clarkstown school district's "Pick a Reading Partner" program. Photo Credit: Clarkstown Central School District

NEW CITY, N.Y. -- New City third-graders were entranced by Rockland County Executive Ed Day’s rendition of a colorful children’s book this week, say Clarkstown school officials.

Day, as part of the district’s “Pick a Reading Partner” program, read Drew Daywait’s “The Day the Crayons Came Home,” on Wednesday, Jan. 20, to teacher Rachel Megdal’s class at the New City Elementary School.

The annual three-week program, designed to encourage children’s love of books, has several activities attached, one of them being the inviting of local dignitaries to come read to the kids, said the school’s principal, Debra Forman.

The initiative, backed by the National PTA, has children pledging to read at least 15 minutes a night seven days a week.

“The Day the Crayons Came Home,” is a sequel to Daywait’s “The Day the Crayons Quit,” Forman said.

As part of the reading program, teachers and staff members write and put on plays based on what it currently being read.

Their performance of “The Day the Crayons Quit” was a big hit with the children, Forman said.

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