Resolution J2467-2013

Honoring Harry Reingold on the occasion of Literacy Partners' naming of its annual Volunteer Teacher's Award the Harry Reingold Volunteer Teacher of the Year Award in his honor

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  • Jun 18, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 18, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 14, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Harry  Reingold  upon the occasion of
Literacy Partners' naming of its annual Volunteer  Teacher's  Award  the
Harry Reingold Volunteer Teacher of the Year Award in his honor

WHEREAS,  Individuals who distinguish themselves in their profession and
in service to others merit the highest commendation; and
  WHEREAS, Harry Reingold truly merits the high honor of Literacy  Part-
ners'  naming of its annual Volunteer Teacher's Award the Harry Reingold
Volunteer Teacher of the Year Award in his honor; and
  WHEREAS, The second Harry Reingold Volunteer Teacher of the Year Award
will be presented at the Second Annual Reingold Volunteer  Fund  Benefit
to be held at TAI on Thursday, June 20, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, Harry Reingold was a real New Yorker; he was born and brought
up  in  Brooklyn;  he  attended and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High
School; and
  WHEREAS, He worked his way through college as a cab driver,  a  chauf-
feur for the United Nations, and a post office clerk; and
  WHEREAS, He graduated from New York University and went into advertis-
ing and started his own agency, Harry Reingold Advertising; and
  WHEREAS,  Harry was crazy about books and, from the time he learned to
read never went anywhere without a book; riding a bus or subway  without
something to read was just not possible for him and, as a teenager, when
he  was  home with a fever, his mother told him to stay in bed, but when
she left the house he snuck out to the corner store where  he  had  just
enough money to buy a second-hand paperback; and
  WHEREAS,  At  a  social dinner he met Marilyn Collins, then one of the
heads of Literacy Partners, and when she told Harry about that  non-pro-
fit  organization and its goal to teach some of the two million illiter-
ate New Yorkers to read and write, he immediately decided  to  become  a
volunteer; and
  WHEREAS,  He  enrolled  in  a  course  at Literacy Partners, which has
provided more than 30,000 adults with  free  educational  services  and,
after  a  short  time,  he  was sent to teach in Harlem; once a week, he
would leave his office and rush uptown where he taught  and  learned  to
care  about  his  pupils;  forming  more  than  just  a  teacher-student
relationship, Harry and the people in his classes,  all  adults,  became
friends; and
  WHEREAS,  They  shared  stories about their lives, their problems, and
their hopes for the future; growing up in East New York, as he had, they
were able to make comparisons and had much in common; and
  WHEREAS, Harry Reingold was a Literacy Partners volunteer teacher  for
six  years and only stopped teaching when his health would not allow him
to continue; his students never forgot him, and kept in touch with cards
and photos; and
  WHEREAS, Harry loved to read, and to write; a number of  his  articles
appeared  in the magazine AD AGE, and he co-authored the published novel
LOVERS with his wife, the writer Carmel Berman Reingold; and
  WHEREAS, Literacy Partners has  justly  and  fittingly  honored  Harry
Reingold by naming its annual Volunteer Teacher Award the Harry Reingold
Volunteer Teacher of the Year Award in his honor; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor the work of and the dedication of Harry Reingold upon the occasion
of Literacy Partners' naming of its annual Volunteer Teacher's Award the
Harry Reingold Volunteer Teacher of the Year Award in his honor; and  be
it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Carmel Reingold and to Literacy Partners.

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