Macy’s, NYC Public Schools and the New York Liberty Proudly Salute the New Yorkers Read “Reading Ambassadors”

(New York, NY) – May 7, 2010 - Macy’s is proud to present the New Yorkers Read campaign in partnership with the NYC Public Schools and The Fund for Public Schools, and salute this year’s “Reading Ambassadors.” More than 1500 students from 109 middle schools across the city will be recognized for their participation in New Yorkers Read on Tuesday, May 11th at the New York Liberty’s fifth annual “School Day” game against the Connecticut Sun at Madison Square Garden.

“This is an incredibly special way for Macy’s to support the New York Public Schools and stress the importance of literacy in New York,” said Larry Mentzer, district vice president, Macy’s. “Through this program, we are helping to positively shape the futures of today’s youth and honor their accomplishments.”

The New Yorkers Read Nonfiction Book Clubs were developed by the Department of Education’s Office of Library Services to help ensure that all middle school students in New York City are prepared for high school and further life experiences. The overall goal of these book clubs is to connect middle school students with real-life reasons to read, as demonstrated every day by the eight million residents of New York City. This year-long program of nonfiction reading and related activities validates the reading experiences of the students and their families, communities, and cultures so that students recognize that reading is a “life skill” that surrounds every area of life and is the key to future success.

Students in each Book Club became “Reading Ambassadors,” by reading at least eight nonfiction books; collecting “I read because . . .” ideas from family or community members; and sharing at book reviews with their Book Club peers during the year.

“Through the New Yorkers Read program, our middle-school students have discovered a new world of ideas through nonfiction books. I want to thank Macy's and The Fund for Public Schools for helping us get more schoolchildren excited about reading, an excitement that I hope will last a lifetime,” said Barbara Stripling, Director of Library Services, New York City Department of Education.

"Our annual Liberty 'School Day' game is always a fun-filled day for all the kids in attendance,” said Amy Scheer, vice president, marketing and communications, New York Liberty. “We are excited to honor students from the New Yorkers Read program in front of a capacity crowd this year, and provide them with a well-deserved special opportunity to meet a Liberty player at the game."