May 12, 2023

Conrad & Scherer launches the second year of its “Book Buddies” Program for Broward Schools

Conrad & Scherer is thrilled to continue its successful “Book Buddies” initiative into its second year, pairing legal professionals with students to encourage reading and build home book collections. The program will now include a new partner, Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman (LKLSG). The event will commence on Friday, June 2, at 8:30 a.m. at Colbert Museum Magnet, 2702 Funston Street, Hollywood, Florida.Conrad & Scherer and LKLSG, as program sponsors, are dedicated to empowering students through the joy of reading and building their personal libraries.

According to Conrad & Scherer Partner Janine McGuire, the plan for the program is to hold events throughout the year that provide students with free copies of books and pair law firm staff members with classrooms to read aloud to students.

 “We are thrilled to collaborate with LKLSG and inspire the students at Colbert to love reading and learn that reading is a superpower,” McGuire said. “Our goal in creating “Book Buddies” is to provide as many students as possible with free, brand-new books for their home libraries.”

“The ‘Book Buddies’ initiative is an incredible opportunity for legal professionals to give back to their community and help build a lifelong love of reading for the next generation,” said Lawrence Kellogg, founding partner of LKLSG. “We are proud to support this program and excited to see the positive impact it will have on students at Colbert Elementary.”

The “Super Reader Day” event at Colbert Elementary will include students wearing their favorite superhero costumes, a cape decorating craft, and reading books centered around superpower themes. Capes will be provided to students with support from Hands on Broward. The two law firms provided new autographed copies of Brad Meltzer’s I Am Superman book for fourth and fifth graders. Meltzer, the New York Times best-selling author of adult and children’s books, including the Ordinary People Change the World Series, recorded a special videotaped message for the students.

I Am Superman is one of my favorite books because you learn that Superman’s greatest superpower is being kind,” Meltzer says in the video. “Keep reading, as reading is a superpower.”

The “Super Reader Day” at Colbert Elementary was also made possible with support from Broward County Public Schools and Literacy Community Connections with funding from Broward County Title I Department.