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NYPA Employees Wrap up 2006 Book Drive with over 800 Books Donated to Martin Luther King Literacy Initiative

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Evelyn Evans
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evelyn.evans@nypa.gov 

March 14, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHITE PLAINS—In support of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Literacy Initiative and Book Drive, employees at the White Plains office of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) collected over 800 books that will be directed to children in elementary schools and medical programs in New York City under the Reach Out and Read of Greater New York and New York City Department of Literacy.

In keeping with Dr. King’s dream that our children would “one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” NYPA employees organized and reached out to their fellow employees, employees of the other businesses in their White Plains office building and building visitors, and received generous donations totaling over 800 new and gently-used books.  This is the second consecutive year for the Book Drive and brings the total contribution-to-date of more than 2,000 books.

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give free, quality books to children from six months to five years of age at pediatric check-ups.  By building on the relationship between families and medical providers, Reach Out and Read helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills so children enter school programs prepared for success in reading.

The New York City Department of Literacy’s mission is to ensure that each student in the New York City school system becomes an accomplished reader and writer.  Their literacy efforts celebrate the best practices and effective strategies for all students and teachers as they work together towards achieving their goals. 

NYPA provides low-cost power for New York City municipal buildings and facilities (including schools, police and fire stations, and public hospitals), the subways, Metro North Rail Road and a number of commercial, industrial and non-profit customers who have qualified under economic development programs. 

About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating plants in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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