Brooklyn kids read for rights of girls in Pakistan

Although it’s easy to focus on Brooklyn and the problems we’re facing in the aftermath of Sandy, other terrible injustices and tragedies are still happening all around the world. And while you should absolutely volunteer to help those affected by the hurricane this weekend, there are other good causes that need our attention too. This Saturday, a group of 4th grade girls from PS 107 have organized a Read-a-Thon to raise money in support of Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year old girl who was targeted for assassination by the Taliban for her activism in advocating rights of girls in Pakistan to go to school.

The Girls Read for Girls Read-a-Thon will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1pm – 4pm at the Brooklyn Public Library Park Slope Branch (6th Ave. & 8th Street). Girls in grades 1-5 are especially invited to join but boys and girls, older and younger are welcome. Register to read or  support readers by pledging 10 cents or more per page here. Participants will read (they can bring their own books, or pick them up at the library), record the pages read, and then collect the funds pledged. All proceeds will go to Developments in Literacy, a group that educates and empowers underprivileged girls in Pakistan.