King Hosts ‘Reading Is Cool Back-To-School’ Rally

Councilman King (3rd from r) presented Olympic gold medalist Phyllis Chanez Francis (4th from l) a ‘Real Champion’ recognition award for her athletic accomplishments.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico

More than 1,000 children attended Councilman Andy King and the Bronx Youth Empowerment Program’s ‘Reading is Cool Back-to-School’ rally on Friday, September 16 at Evander Childs High School.

The event’s star studded guest speakers included NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina; NYC Department of Education District 11 superintendent Meisha Ross-Porter, New York Public Library president Tony Marx; Queens Library president Dennis Walcott; Jamaal Bailey, Democratic nominee for state senator and 2016 Summer Olympics gold medal winner Phyllis Chanez Francis.

(l-r) Justin Gatlin; Jamaal Bailey, Democratic nominee for state senator; Phyllis Francis; Brian Melford and Sasha Wallace.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico

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