“Water Quality Improvement Contest” 

2017 Summer Reading Program

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Photo Credit: Katie Muether.

Hundreds of children along with their families enjoyed a fun and educational day as the Brooklyn Public Library kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program in front of the Central Library June 8.

The goal of Summer Reading is to prevent the “summer slide” and encourage young people of all ages to continue reading and visit the library during the summer months. Students who take a vacation from reading in the summer may lose up to one month of instruction per year.

“Only by reading over the summer can students preserve and build upon the gains in literacy and comprehension they made during the previous school year,” said Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda Johnson.

“We are proud to help Brooklyn Public Library ensure that summer break does not become a vacation from reading for the borough’s students,” said National Grid Foundation Board Member Reverend Gary V. Simpson. “Summer Reading is an effective solution to a very real threat to young people’s success in and out of the classroom.”

National Grid Foundation is the leading supporter of Brooklyn Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program.


Winning Students pose with NYS Assemblymen Dean Murray and Steve Englebright and Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco.

More than 460 Syracuse and Utica students are better prepared for college thanks to On Point for College and National Grid Foundation. On Point for College offered pre-college orientations to instill college knowledge to help students transition to a college environment. The students also received information on financial aid, study skills and time management.

Melanie Littlejohn, board member, National Grid Foundation, joined the students last summer.  National Grid Foundation supports On Point for College and along with a program grant provided backpacks for the students so they may be better equipped for a successful transition to college. 

Long Island Pine Barrens Society

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A group of Long Island middle school students prove that you are never too young to care about the environment.  A dozen students of Long Island Pine Barrens Society’s “Water Quality Improvement Contest” received Environmental Achievement Awards at the Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center, Hauppauge, NY on July 7.

The winners, selected from 100 finalists who participated in the Pine Barrens “Middle School Students Go To College” contest, brought their A-game and displayed the projects designed to reduce water contamination on Long Island.

Photo credit:  Gregg Richards

Photo Credit: On-Point for College

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