The new initiative allows high school students to act as tutors and mentors with first and second graders.
There are a number of different writing assignments the groups work on. This week’s topic was persuasive letters.
The branch on 115th Street in Harlem brought representatives from the ASPCA in to teach children about adopting pets.
The children then wrote and read letters about the importance of adopting.
“We’re really exposing young people to animal welfare, not only meeting cats and meeting dogs, but learning how they can play a part in their welfare and saving their lives and helping people adopt cats just like this one,” said Joel Schwartzberg, senior director of executive communications at the ASPCA.
“My teens, and my first and second graders, have said that this experience has really opened their eyes to what literacy means and how literacy can be purposeful,” said Myra Hernandez, education coordinator at the New York Public Library. “And it’s not just reading. It’s about communicating.”
The Literacy Leaders program was launched last September and is currently in two of the city’s public libraries (source).