Mayor touts city’s focus on literacy after reading to first-graders in Ozone Park


In the latest chapter of his “City Hall in Your Borough” program, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter visited a first-grade class at P.S. 377 in Ozone Park on Tuesday, Sept. 21, to accentuate his administration’s commitment to literacy.

The school has a “literacy coach,” one of 425 in elementary schools across the city, who work with the teachers to raise the reading comprehension among school kids.

“This was amazing,” de Blasio said afterward. “This is a new initiative on a huge scale, so huge that we’re making it universal. We call it Literacy for All.”

Photo credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office

The new initiative is designed to get more and more children reading by a third-grade level.

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