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Not giving up

Retired professor to forge ahead with reading program

Alvin Magid of Niskayuna in the study in his home Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Alvin Magid of Niskayuna in the study in his home Thursday.
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Al Magid’s Reading Is Fun program took a hit this week: the Schenectady Foundation decided not to fund it. But Magid, a retired University at Albany professor, isn’t giving up on his goal to get every 4-year-old ready for kindergarten. The statistics from this year’s kindergarten class shocked him so deeply that he said he can’t give up. 775: current Schenectady kindergarten class 272: could not identify a single letter sound in September 1: could ...


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