Wing Readers Get Connected to Their Community


On Community Reader Day, an annual event at Wing Elementary designed to coincide with the school’s celebration of the Parents as Reading Partners program, students are read to by visitors including legislators, town officials, Board of Education trustees and districtwide Islip staff.

This year’s guest readers for the March 8 reading rendezvous included Board trustees Matthew Clareen and Tom Leggio, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, Islip Town Clerk Olga Murray, and all four councilmembers of the Islip Town Board: Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, John Cochrane Jr., Steven J. Flotteron and Mary Kate Mullen.

“The event is a great way to connect our youngest learners with some of the people that are so important in their community,” said Dr. Christopher Smalley, the school’s principal. “It is important for students to be read to by a variety of readers, since each adult’s style may be unique or different.”