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Books Unite Barbers and South Country Students

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The district’s elementary students read their favorite books as local barbers trimmed their locks during the Barbers, Beauty and Books reading campaign held on Sept. 15. Held in conjunction with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Smart Start Suffolk, the South Country Education Foundation and the South Country Public Library, the district encouraged students to visit KO Hair Designs and Lonnie’s Barbershop of Bellport and Imperial Kut Kreators and Razor’s Edge of East Patchogue where each received a certificate of participation and $5 gift card to use at participating businesses.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability Marlon Small, Director of Elementary Education Amy Brennan, Director of Humanities Jackie O’Hagan, Brookhaven Elementary School Principal Dr. Rebecca Raymond, teacher Krysta Kanowsky and South Country Public Library Assistant Director Patrick O’Leary were on hand to applaud the students for their excellent reading skills.

“This is a great way to connect the community and the school district through literacy,” Dr. Giani said. “Not only did the students and barbers have a great time, the students received the opportunity to showcase their academic skills.”

During the event, the district rolled out its new mobile library, which will be officially unveiled at homecoming on Oct. 6. Students took a tour of the school bus, which will house a collection of books and a computer for use by district residents.
Sunday, May 31, 2020
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