United Way of North Central Massachusetts awarded three local students prizes for winning the Footsteps2Brilliance Winter Reading Challenge, part of the organization’s early childhood literacy program. All three winners are first generation U.S. citizens, and English is their second language.
Aenea Batista, a second-grade student from Winchendon Public Schools, took the top spot, Sami Rahman, a first grader at McKay Arts Academy in Fitchburg, came in second, and Julia Roufael, a Pre-K student at Page Hilltop Elementary School in Ayer, placed third. Each reader won a brand-new Kindle Fire HD 8 kids edition tablet and gift baskets loaded with goodies including a United Way T-shirt, coloring book, and crayons.
Read the full article in the Sentinel & Enterprise here.