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A Report from the Field: Astoria, New York

Astoria, New York

Courtesy of New York City Big Reader Tahir Ahrshad, here's  a report (and photo)  from the field on Goodwill Industries' Big Read of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby:

Young readers from more than 20 community sites from all five boroughs of New York City took part in The Big Read/Beacon Spelling Bee sponsored by Beacon (Community Center) 141, one of the partners for Goodwill Industries' Big Read. At the New York Hall of Science, 50 students courageously competed for a brand new Apple Macbook laptop and an ipod Nano in front of a crowd of 200 people. This event generated immense interest for our upcoming events, which include a citywide online book club and student film festival. Nearly 200 copies of the novel as well as the Big Read support material were distributed. Alexander Ng of the Beacon 190 program and Aruba Asad of the Beacon 172 program were the first and second place winners, respectively.

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