Meet our Reading Heroes

Angel Walker

Welcome our newest Reading Hero, 4th grader Angel Walker! She has been reading since the age of four and has loved reading ever since! In fact, she loves reading so much that she has gotten her entire family excited about reading – down to her cat Diesel! She loves helping her younger siblings get motivated about reading. Angel does so by playing “school”, and she makes sure that her “students” are always in reading class. Good job Angel!


Pennsylvania SPCA

Welcome our newest Reading Hero, the Pennsylvania SPCA! Congrats on 150 years of educating children about animal advocacy through literacy, human education, and community outreach. The Pennsylvania SPCA – Humane Education has recently announced that its Cat Tales Reading Program is back for another summer! The program provides a fun way for students to practice their reading skills with a non-judgmental audience (cats!). The cats benefit too, by becoming more socialized with people, ultimately helping them find forever families! It’s a win-win for everyone! Thanks Pennsylvania SPCA!


Brent Johnstone

Hats off to this author and READING HERO – Brent Johnstone! After hiding his dyslexia for many years, he has made it his mission to reach out and help kids who struggle with reading. Two causes that are near to his heart are literacy and fatherhood. In fact, these two topics were the driving forces behind his book “52 Simple and Fun Activities for Dads and Kids”. Each activity includes a description about why the idea is important and an area to capture that activity with a picture. According to Mr. Johnstone, the purpose of this book is to make it as easy as possible for fathers to be able to spend time with their kids. “There is no reason not to be able to spend time with your child.” In addition, he is already working on his next book, “Khalil Was Excited About Going to School”. Keep up the good work Brent!


The Zameska Family

Say hello to our third Reading Hero! Talk about a family that cares about reading! Meet the Zameskas! This inspirational family started a non-profit called Helping Heroes. With the support of Friends Select Schools, they collected over 1200 books to donate to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Rebecca Rosen Zameska, the mother, is teaching her children and her community the importance of literacy and caring for others! Thank you Zameska family for your time and dedication to the children of Philadelphia!


Mikal Watson

How long have you been a fan of reading? Our 17-year-old Reading Hero, Mikal Watson, found his love for reading when he was only two years old! He would mimic his older cousin as she read homework aloud. His appreciation for literature encouraged him to volunteer at the Nicetown/Tioga branch where the librarians even offered him a part-time job. He is now a current senior at Crefeld High School looking to strengthen his love for people by pursuing his degree in psychology. You’re off to great places Mikal!


Iyonna Rozier

Being a hero has no age limit! This is why Iyonna Rozier made it her mission to support children’s literacy in North Philadelphia. This past summer, this 11-year-old started reading aloud to children on her front lawn to encourage their reading and writing skills. She even donated her personal supply of books after she had finished reading them. She now volunteers with the Nicetown/Tioga Free Library branch. Iyonna aspires to be a neonatologist when she grows up. Congrats Iyonna! Continue to be an inspiration, and keep striving for success!


Dwayne Walker

Meet Dwayne Walker, our reading hero who works in West Philadelphia for Drexel University’s Action for Early Learning (AFEL) and launched its Read to Succeed Book Club! AFEL’s Read to Succeed Book Club strives to support children’s literacy as early as possible and tries to educate parents on the importance of early child development and education. Thanks for all of your hard work, Dwayne!