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For Immediate Release
September 10, 2013

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Author John Wood Inspires Brockport Freshmen

Wood’s visit part of Brockport’s Freshman Summer Reading Program

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BROCKPORT, NYJohn Wood left Microsoft to change the world. And on Sept. 10, the noted author came to The College at Brockport, State University of New York, to share his story.

Wood discussed the second of his two books, Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy during his talk in the Special Events Recreation Center (SERC). The book details what happened to Wood since he left a lucrative position at Microsoft in 1999 to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Wood’s organization has impacted more than six million children in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa—kids who have seen their schools and villages swept away by war or natural disaster, and girls whose education would have otherwise been ignored.

Wood came to Brockport as part of the College’s Freshman Summer Reading Program, which strives to help orient new students to the Brockport academic community by having a common reading experience with fellow classmates and faculty members. Throughout the fall semester, students will take part in discussions, projects and lectures that debate noteworthy themes generated by the book.

Wood’s lecture was sponsored by M&T Bank.

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