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Library holds awards ceremony For Prudential Foundation Summer Reading Challenge
Press September 20, 2000

The Newark Public Library held a special awards ceremony on September 9, marking the end of another successful "Prudential Foundation Summer Reading Challenge." This premier reading and literacy program encourages Newark's children, in grades pre-K through 8, to include the adventure of reading in their summer fun activities. It rewards their efforts with popular events and a step system of prizes. Since its inception, participating children have read more than 80,000 books.

The theme for the 2000 program was CONNECT@Library.READ! All participants who read and reported on at least five books received prizes and achievement certificates. The top winners in the specified categories also received personal audio equipment.

The "over-all" winners, those who read and reported on 200 books, were Raymond Walker (Clinton branch); Hoxha Xhusticja (First Avenue); Cusaj Thomas (Main Library); Rachel Niemczyk, Justin Niemczyk, Adrian Alcantara, Diana Osorio, Alfredo Sanchez, Nathalie Sanchez, Aoi Uchima and Jose Uchima (North End branch); and D'Ondre Robinson (Weequahic).

The top winners at each branch library were Natalie Juarez (Branch Brook); Raymond Walker (Clinton); Hoxha Xhusticja (First Avenue); Kiesha Perry (Madison); Cusaj Thomas (Main); Rachel Niemczyk, Justin Niemczyk, Adrian Alcantara, Diana Osorio, Alfredo Sanchez, Aoi Uchima and Jose Uchima (North End); Marcus Kelley (Springfield); Chijioke Anyanwu (Vailsburg); Ana Cristina Pena (Van Buren); and D'Ondre Robinson (Weequahic).

A "special mention" for high school readers went to Patricia Reyes, Kiesha Perry, and David Zimmerman (Main); Jeanice Taylor (Weequahic).

Prizes were also awarded to children who did the best job of coloring their "Connect" theme posters. The top winners were Chinwe Korie (first place, Springfield branch, grade 2), Paul Kornegay (second place, Madison, grade 5), and Sabrina Concepcion (third place, North End, grade 6).

 

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