Jane Dudzinsky, an eleventh-grade Radnor, PA resident and student of Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, was a finalist in WHYY’s fifth annual WHYY I Like This Book program. Jane is featured in a WHYY-TV spot in which she discusses why she enjoys The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared with the author of the book, Alice Ozma of Haddon Township, NJ.
WHYY held a reception on January 23 to celebrate student finalists who participated in WHYY I Like This Book, which inspires young readers to share opinions about their favorite books. For the past five years, the Verizon Foundation has supported the WHYY I Like This Book program, which helps kids foster a lifelong love of reading. Verizon Foundation’s partnership with WHYY’s Educational Programs and Services in support of WHYY I Like This Book fosters its dedication to fighting illiteracy in America and commitment to reaching children who may otherwise not enjoy such a learning experience. The program reaches Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania; Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties in New Jersey; and all of Delaware.
“Nothing inspires kids to read more than other children,” said Jennifer Wheeler, manager of WHYY’s Educational Programs and Services. “Verizon has helped us to do this for the last five years.”
WHYY has received more than 6,000 applications from students from 775 schools wishing to participate in the five years of the WHYY I Like This Book program, supported by The Verizon Foundation.