Margaret King - 2010 recipient
of the Alfred Williams Literacy Award

Medford Ave. Elementary teacher, Margaret King, is the 2010 recipient of the Alfred Williams Literacy Award, which recognizes individuals dedicated to improving the nation's literacy rates. This award, given by the UPS Store and The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, awards Margaret King with a two-night trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the U.S. Marine Corps Summer Parade, $500 in services from the UPS Store, and will also designate $500 in books from Scholastic to a school or organization that serves less fortunate students.

Margaret was nominated by her principal, Frances Lizewski, and chosen by a panel of judges to be a finalist, out of several hundred teachers nationwide. "She is that person who goes the extra mile," Lizewski said. "She has a love of literacy and a passion for pages. Books are her most precious possession.” The distinction came as no surprise to her students who say that reading time in the classroom, on the carpet, is one of their favorite activities. With help from the local Lions Club and an agreement with Laundry Kingdom on Main Street in Patchogue, Margaret and her husband placed a book rack at the local Laundromat about a year ago. They stock it once a week with children's books - some donated, some found by Margaret at yard sales. "A lot of people in our community use the Laundromat and the children are sitting there for hours and they needed something to do," said Margaret, who counts Jan Brett and Patricia Polacco among her favorite children's book authors.

The entire membership of PMCT congratulates Margaret for her selection of this prestigious award and recognizes her for her love of literacy and her dedication to the students of the Pat-Med community by encouraging reading.

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