Citizens Committee for New York City together with National Grid Foundation is generously supporting 16 volunteer-led groups working to make 15 unique neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens greener and more equitable for city youth.

Brooklyn Public Library Summer Reading Program 2018 

​​​​​​“The Hoops for the Stars program was an amazing opportunity for the students at Buffalo School #32 Bennett Park Montessori. Over the duration of the program, student interest consistently grew and a change in behavior among a collection of our students was noticeable. ..."


​​Robert “Bo” Izydorczak,

Physical education / health education teacher,

Buffalo School # 32, Bennett Park Montessori​

​Lead support for Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading 2018 program is provided by the National Grid Foundation.

Books are Wings

Three Boston Public School teachers will have the opportunity to travel to an ancient agricultural system in the marshes of Xochimilco, Mexico, in July. Thanks to funding provided by the National Grid Foundation, these teachers will be learning first-hand about conserving wetlands and traditional agriculture as part of the Earthwatch Teach Earth fellowship program.

Books are Wings has formed a strong alliance in the community to fight against child illiteracy and National Grid Foundation is happy to contribute to its success in providing children with the opportunity to strengthen their ability to read, a gateway skill to higher learning.

Photo: University at Buffalo

​“Reading is the foundation for learning and academic success, We are delighted to support Brooklyn Public Library’s 2018 Summer Reading program.”

Students show off their new books during the book fair at Carl J. Lauro elementary school, Rhode Island.

To find out more about the Hoops for the Stars Program check out the April issue of Destiny

Children and families will be able to track their summer reading using Beanstack, an online mobile-first program which encourages and tracks reading.


Last year, the Summer Reading program provided 142,000 participants with book lists, literacy-building activities, engaging games and competitive reading challenges. Over 232,000 people attended Summer Reading programs in 2017.

Reverend Gary V. Simpson,

National Grid Foundation Board Member

Visit Citizens Committee for New York City

website, to find out more.

Growing the bench, and new to the program, is the University at Buffalo. 

Visit Brooklyn Public Library to find out more about the Summer Reading Program.

Where in the World has this Salamander Gone? 

Find out more by reading July 2018 Destiny Newsletter, and visiting EarthWatch's website.