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Celebration of Reading a Huge Success


That’s a wrap on another successful Celebration of Reading!


This is the 12th year that the Charter School for Applied Technologies has hosted the event, designed to show students that successful people believe in the 'power of reading' and to motivate them to continue to read and stay in school. It is also a great way for students to learn about careers in WNY and help us as we fulfill our mission of preparing students to attain family sustaining careers by integrating career exploration and a lifelong learning culture.  


Throughout the three-day event, elementary classrooms were paired with Celebrity Readers who read a book and spoke to the students about the importance of reading and literacy. They also answered hundreds of questions about their careers!!


Thank you to representatives from the following businesses, non-profits and associations who served as Celebrity Readers:

  • Air National Guard
  • Albright Knox Art Gallery
  • Army Corp of Engineers (Buffalo District)
  • Bank of America
  • Buffalo Bisons
  • Buffalo Fire Department
  • Buffalo Police Department
  • Buffalo Psychiatric Center
  • Buffalo State College
  • Cellino & Barnes
  • Crunch Fitness
  • DiLusso Salon & Spa
  • eDoctrina
  • Edukids
  • Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES
  • Erie County Medical Society
  • Erie County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Division
  • FedEx
  • Fisher Price
  • General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant
  • Hammonds
  • HSBC
  • Independent Health
  • Inspired Dezignz, LLC
  • Buffalo Common Council
  • Junior Achievement
  • Kenilworth Fire Company
  • National Fuel
  • North District
  • Outer Harbor
  • People, Inc.
  • Personalized Health Nutrition
  • Philpac Corporation
  • PNC Bank
  • Praxair Technology Center
  • Print2Web
  • Revolution Indoor Cycling
  • Rich Products
  • Riverview Chiropractic Health
  • Road Less Traveled Productions
  • Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham
  • Schumacher Events
  • SPCA Serving Erie County
  • Swormville Fire Company
  • Speed Logistics
  • The Buffalo News
  • The Coppola Firm
  • Town of Tonawanda Police Department
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • UB Smiles
  • United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • University at Buffalo
  • US Sugar Co, Inc
  • WECK Radio
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • WNY Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Workforce Buffalo

In addition, many CSAT Parents volunteered their time to read to their children's classrooms, and several CSAT administrators and staff read at this year’s event. Special thanks to Parent Jacqueline Bontzolakes, LMT, and CSAT Community Liaison Tom Sullivan who volunteered ALL three days of the event!