Manhasset students surprised with guest readers

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Christine Tsang’s third-graders at Shelter Rock Elementary School listened to North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth read “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch” by Eileen Spinelli. (Photo courtesy of Manhasset school district)

Local officials, community members, industry professionals and Manhasset School District administrators gathered at Shelter Rock and Munsey Park elementary schools on Jan. 23 and 24 to read to students as part of the schools’ annual “Guess Who’s Coming to Read” celebrations.

Sponsored by the Manhasset School Community Association, the program emphasizes the importance of literacy and imagination.

As tradition, the identity of the guest readers remains unknown until they enter the room, building students’ anticipation of who the guest will be and what book they will read to the class.

Among those who read to the students in grades K-3 were Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, state Sen. Elaine Phillips, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, veterinarian Robert Hendrickson, Abrakadoodle Educational Director Rosanna Tallarico Massaro, FDNY firefighter Jim Duffy, violinist Roslyn Huang, Manhasset Board of Education President Regina Rule, district administrators and other influential community members.

After each guest finished reading their story, students were able to ask them about their professional careers and how reading has helped them to succeed.

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