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Read to Succeed Extends Student's Home Libraries

The Mid Hudson Affiliate of the Black Child Development Institute recently distributed books to Morse Elementary students as part of its Read to Succeed Program.

The Black Child Development Institute (BCDI) is an organization that has been engaging leaders, policymakers, professionals, and parents around critical and timely issues that directly impact Black children and their families for more than 50 years. It promotes early literacy and language development by supporting families with young children. The organization assists families in establishing home libraries with culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate children’s books and supplementary resources. To access the organization’s one pager on Read to Succeed click here.

The Mid Hudson affiliate of the BCDI, led by Linda Melton-Mann, president, is providing over 800 books to Morse students. Last year, Read to Succeed was held at the Early Learning Center.

Highlights to this year’s program include parents being encouraged to take as many pictures as they can of them reading to their children and/or their children reading to them. These pictures will be collected and entered into a raffle at the end of the program in December 2022. All pictures entered into the raffle will be eligible for gift bags and a final prize of two tickets to the Broadway show “Wicked.”

Additionally, this year’s program serves as an introduction of the Reading Rainbow READ-A-THON in the classroom during our book gift bag giveaway on November 22, 2022. Reading Rainbow is an award-winning reading program.

Prior to Morse first through fifth graders receiving books, students viewed the following selected Reading Rainbow and Tab Time Read-A-Thon episodes: What Makes a Family a Family, The Space Case and


The Tin Forest.

Lastly, this year’s program will result in a creation of mosaic postcards from the photos of parents reading to their children to be used for Morse School to enhance reading and continuing the creation of home libraries in the years to come.

“As the president of Black Child Development Institute- Mid Hudson Affiliate it has been my pleasure to bring this program back to the district so we may start a library in every child's home. Remember, reading is the key to ensuring every child has an opportunity to achieve success and live a life full of purpose.” shared, Melton-Mann. “Many thanks to Ms. Mitchell and her staff with a special acknowledgment to Mrs. Haines, Ms. Hendrickson and Ms.