BP Oddo was joined at the kickoff by former Congressman Vito Fossella, who started “Readers Are Leaders” in 1996, and Council Member Vincent Ignizio, a proud PS 42 graduate. During the ceremony, members of the PS 42 Cheerleading Squad, Chorus and Band performed for the Borough President. Several students also asked BP Oddo questions about reading, government, and his favorite topic—baseball.
"Books can take you to far-away places and teach you new things. You can read for fun, for knowledge, to escape, for comfort, for solace—there are so many reasons to pick up a book," noted the Borough President.
Since the program began in 1996, 4th graders have read more than 500,000 books for the annual challenge.