By Ling-Mei Wong
Josiah Quincy Elementary School students got a special treat on Nov. 6, when volunteers and employees from accounting firm KPMG held a reading relay. Children read stories and acted out their favorite characters, along with receiving five new books each.
The school is one of the first to participate in KPMG’s national Family for Literacy program. Outside of Boston, firms in other cities will also hold reading relays at schools and organizations serving low-income children.
“The KPMG Reading Relay to combat illiteracy will celebrate a love of reading and transforming the school into the fantasy world of a classic storybook tale,” said KPMG in a prepared statement.
Quincy Elementary is 60 percent Asian American, with many bilingual students.
KPMG’s Family for Literacy program strives to overcome roadblocks to literacy, as low-income community lack access to books. Children who read below grade level in fourth grade are four times as likely to become high school dropouts, it said in a prepared statement.
The five books students received were childhood favorites of KPMG employees: “The Cat in the Hat,” “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Amelia Bedelia” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” KPMG has given away 2 million new books to children in need over the past five years.
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