Inspiring Young Readers to be "Bold and Brave"
Packer's Third and Fourth Graders welcomed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to the Hart Library in early November to discuss her recently published children's book, Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote.
The students enthusiastically shared with Senator Gillibrand their knowledge of both the famous and the less well-known activists featured in the book. They asked questions ranging from her proudest accomplishments as a senator — her work with the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund and ending the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy — to how long it took her to write the book — "About six months."
She added, "I really like reading books about people. I love learning how they overcame challenges, and learning about the decisions they made."
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with the Class of 2028
The Senator's visit was a collaboration between Director of Diversity and Equity Semeka Smith-Williams, Chris Rush and Megan Kilgallen of the Hart Library, and Packer parent Eddie Joyce P'27 of the Cobble Hill bookstore Books Are Magic.