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Richmond County Fair 2019

On the heels of the highly successful 21st year of Readers Are Leaders, Borough President  Oddo unveils Summer Reading Challenge focusing on newest children’s book from former Navy SEAL and NY Times best-selling author Jocko Willink

Staten Island Borough President Oddo announced the newest Borough Hall initiative for Staten Island’s Youth: The Borough President’s Summer Reading Challenge. The rules are simple, the Borough President’s office will supply all students who wish to participate with the same book.  Over the course of the summer, the students will be challenged to read the book and produce a cogent book report, to be submitted to the BP’s office in September.

The 2017 Summer Reading Challenge choice is a very special book with a critically important message. It is called Way of the Warrior Kid, which was written by leadership instructor, former Navy SEAL and New York Times best-selling author Jocko Willink.  The book is about the trials and tribulations of unhappy fifth grader Marc, placing a well-deserved emphasis on physical activity, mental sharpness, and hard work.

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This year’s book encompasses lessons that are more important than ever: self-confidence, the values of character and discipline, the importance of studying hard and physical fitness. The book can even help youngsters with how to deal with bullies. ” said Borough President Oddo.

“I wrote this book to teach kids some of the same methods I learned in the SEAL Teams to overcome adversity. I hope the kids enjoy the book and get some good lessons from it. I look forward to meeting some of these Warrior Kids in the fall when school starts again,” author Jocko Willink said of the news.

Way of the Warrior Kid will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, so principals and parents are urged to identify any students who wish to participate by RSVPing to Diane Marciuliano at DMarciuliano@StatenIslandUSA.com or (718) 816-2246 by June 9th. There will be 500 books made available.  All of the students who participate in the program will receive recognition at a gathering to be held at Borough Hall in the fall, where students will discuss the book and the lessons they have gleaned from it. Way of the Warrior Kid is a Feiwel & Friends Book, an imprint of Macmillian Publishing Group, LLC. You can read a review of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R1EY8VY6KHREFU