Dear Reading Rescue Colleagues,
It is with profound sadness we mourn the loss of our Reading Rescue benefactor, Benedict Silverman, who passed away Sunday December 4th, 2016. He was a vibrant 87 years old.
Benedict Silverman was that rare individual who took his hard-earned successes and art-loving passions and parlayed them into a foundation whose primary goal was advancing the cause of child literacy in this country. Prior to launching Reading Rescue in NYC, he funded the program in over 200 schools across six states. In collaboration with his wife, Jayne Bentzen, in 2001 he supported Reading Rescue’s NYC expansion leading to over 130 public schools adopting the program through the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and Literacy Trust, Inc.
We feel honored, not only to have known Benedict, but to have been a part of his vision that all children deserve the help they need in order to become proficient readers and successful students.
Each and every tutor, coordinator, and school leader who supports Reading Rescue in their school is keeping his legacy alive and for that we are forever grateful.
His obituary is linked here.
Condolences can be sent to:
The Benedict Silverman Foundation
4 Titus Road
Washington, CT 06798
The Reading Rescue team