THE YWCA OF QUEENS, HSBC, AND LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS ACKNOWLEDGE THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPROVING LITERACY IN QUEENS
FLUSHING, New York – The YWCA of Queens held a press conference today with Senator Toby Stavisky, Assemblyman Ron Kim, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, and Councilman Peter Koo to address the importance of literacy through programs and community events like the 14th Annual Queens Literacy Festival.
“I’ve been happy to join the YWCA and read to the children for many years now and am glad that this summer tradition is continuing in its 14th year. It’s great that we can bring together families of all different backgrounds to have a day full of fun, intellectually-stimulating activities. Reading is such an important skill and I would like to thank the YWCA for providing an engaging day of learning for the entire community,” said Senator Stavisky.
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D,WF-Fresh Meadows) said,”The only way to truly empower future generations and transform communities is by encouraging children and families to participate in reading activities that are fun and challenging for everyone. I am proud to support the mission of the YWCA and its 14th Annual Queens Literacy Festival, a great organization and event that serves our entire community.”
Assemblyman Ron Kim related his own story to the children in the audience about being an immigrant and having to learn English. “When I immigrated to this country and went through the challenges of learning English, my father taught me the value of reading and writing. Literacy opens up opportunities.”
Councilman Peter Koo, who supported the YWCA of Queens with $5,000 of discretionary funding for literacy in 2013, said “literacy is important for every child’s future and career. In order to be successful, you need literacy.”