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Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017

Holidays come early for children in our

 Niagara Home Run Program!


It was an exciting day last Friday as children’s author, motivational speaker & co-founder of Mohalland Lewis LLC, Marcus Mohalland (top row, red shirt) donated his time along with copies of his book series, Silly Nomads, to students in the Niagara Home Run Program at the Anna Merritt Elementary School in Lockport, NY. After receiving a copy of Berkshire Farm Center’s 2017 Annual Report, Mohalland was inspired by one little girl’s story of strength, perseverance and her love of reading.

“I have seen the great work Berkshire has done throughout the years, and it was after reading Saraha’s story, I was motivated to take action,” said Mohalland. “When children can see and read about characters that closely resemble themselves, they become more engaged, stronger readers and more successful in their education."

At the event, Mohalland spent time reading part of his Silly Nomads book series to the 18 children in the Niagara Homerun Program. Thanks to his generosity, each student received a special gift of the Silly Nomads series signed by the author and a Silly Nomads t-shirt. Mohalland, a Jamaican native, comes from humble beginnings and uses that as a message in his books to not let where you come from slow you down.

“We are very proud of our partnership with Berkshire Farm Center and grateful for the books donated to our children by Mr. Mohalland,” said Burt Marshall, Director of Services for Niagara County DSS. “Reading is key to success and the Silly Nomads book reading was a true inspiration.”

Berkshire Farm Center is grateful for friends and community partners like Mr. Mohalland who generously donate their time and talent to better the lives of children.

“Our children face many obstacles from such a young age,” said Tarah Lawrence, Program Coordinator for Niagara and Erie Prevention Programs. “Through the Silly Nomads book reading and sharing of the authors personal stories, children can see, that despite obstacles they may face, they still have the opportunity to be successful and achieve their dreams.”
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