May 2019 -- Nisan-Iyar 5779,  Volume 25, Issue 5

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Julia Dorf Initiates the Fun Buddy Reading Program

Mamaroneck Public Library and the Mamaroneck High School {MHS} Future Business Leaders of America {FBLA} Club invites children aged 6-10 to a Fun Buddy Reading Program and Craft Day on February 16, March 23 and April 6.


Developed by Julia Dorf, the Community Service Director of the FBLA Club, the MHS Junior initiated the program as a way to mentor young children. Teens from the FBLA club will visit the Library from 2-3pm on the above dates to read to the students, create art projects and hold conversations with the young participants.


The program will allow the MHS students to become leaders while helping young children grow as learners. Each child will have one-to-one time with a MHS student. “If the program is a success, we are looking to expand to other libraries,” Dorf explains.


In addition to her work on the Buddy Reading Program, Dorf is V.P. of the Students for the Protection of the Environment {SPEC} Club where they are organizing a beach cleanup with the Sheldrake Environmental Center.  Other volunteer endeavors include the STEM Club, Lions Heart and participating at  The Learning Zone in  Chatsworth School.


She has been an enthusiastic supporter of The Midnight Run Club at the High School. Dorf’s interest began through her Bat Mitzvah project at Larchmont Temple, as the synagogue recruited members to help the Larchmont Avenue Church make their visits to deliver goods to the homeless in NYC. She continues to take part in the Midnight Runs.


The Mamaroneck resident has recently won a FBLA  Community Service Award for 200 service hours helping at The Coachman Family Center in White Plains, reading and designing  art projects with the children once a month. “In April, I will get a pin at the FBLA State Conference in Binghamton for my community service work,” she proudly adds.


“We are hoping for a good turnout at the Fun Buddy Reading Program,” Dorf concludes. “Any young child is welcome to participate.”


Registration for the program is required by calling 630-5894.


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