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Mayor Sarno and Officials attend Annual Black History Community Breakfast and Read Aloud at Rebecca Johnson School

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Judi Crowell, Police Deputy Chief Lawrence Akers and Mayoral Aide Shenell Ford were among those that attended the annual Black history community breakfast and read aloud at Rebecca Johnson School on Friday, February 16th.

Before the read aloud with the students, Principal Chris Sutton, Mayor Sarno and school officials honored and recognized Mrs. Michelle L. Norman-Sampson for her years of dedicated service to the school and compassionate care for the students.  Mrs. Norman-Sampson serves as the parent liaison for the school.

Mayor Sarno once again read one of his favorite books, ‘Home Run for Bunny’ by Richard Anderson, to a classroom of students.  Of note, Debra Wilkerson, the niece of the late Ernest ‘Bunny’ Taliaferro was also in attendance and also read the book to students.      

Mayor Sarno states, “I am proud to once again join with Principal Chris Sutton and the dedicated staff at Rebecca Johnson School to celebrate Black History Month at our annual Black History Community Breakfast and Read Aloud at the school.  Black history is American history and I am proud to share and read one of my favorite books, Home Run for Bunny, to our students at the school, and what a surprise to have the niece of the late Bunny Taliaferro, Ms. Debra Wilkerson in the house to read this true story to our students too.  This true story started right here in our Springfield about a local baseball team from 1934 that took a stand for equality, sportsmanship, loyalty and friendship.”

“P.S. special shoutout to one of the most compassionate and caring individuals I know, Michelle L. Norman-Sampson.  Such a special and talented woman who cares deeply for our children, students and families.  She does such a wonderful job at our Rebecca Johnson School!”

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