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NY Yankee Legend Mariano Rivera Delivers Books, Laptops To Mt Vernon Elementary School

New York Yankee Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday July 29, 2007 at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The Yankees won 10-6..

488450495Mount Vernon — Hamilton Elementary School students will have a new look in their library when they return from the summer break in September, courtesy of New York Yankee legend Mariano Rivera.

Last week, New Rochelle resident Rivera visited his neighbors in Mount Vernon to deliver some new literature for for students, office equipment for staff members and announced that he, the district and HP were teaming up to ensure that every student visiting the library would have access to a laptop, the Mount Vernon Daily Voice reported.

Rivera has very active in Westchester County since he relocated here from Panama in 2000. A few months back on April 16th, more than 400 Latino teens from New York City, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Sullivan, and Nassau Counties gathered at New Rochelle High School for The Fourth Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference. They came to see and hear, Rivera who was the Keynote Speaker. This massive event provided a dynamic forum for teens to build their skills, celebrate their strengths, and be inspired by successful Latino role models. After his address to students, Mr. Rivera lead a one-hour discussion with parents.

The Panamanian former professional baseball pitcher who played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, from 1995 to 2013, a thirteen-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion spoke to a select group of students and staff during his brief stop at Hamilton. He explained the importance of reading, citing his favorite book growing up: Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer.”

“Reading is important in everything you do,” he told the students. “You gain knowledge and an understanding about what things are all about. You get information and it’s a great experience when you have a place like this. It’s a team, a group of boys and girls that have to learn together can only be called a team.”


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