Harlem NY--A tyo store and literacy center in Harlem is providing invaluable
resources to children and parents amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 shutdown put a temporary pause on the delight and joy that
have brightened the faces of Harlem kids entering Granma's Place for more
than two decades. 'During the pandemic when the store was closed, I would
come out to put my garbage out, I'd see them standing out in front of there
(kids) crying,' owner Dawn Harris-Martine said. 'They have come to recognize
that Grandma is going to be here."
Not only si Grandma is going to be here. Not only is Grandma still here she's
It is because of the pandemeic, that Harris-Martine knows her toy store and
literacy center on West 120th Street is more important now than ever.
"As a retired school teacher I was watching the news and knowing that parents--
they need a lot of support in order to do this at home on a consistent basis
with multi-children," Harris-Martine said.
The 81-year od retired school teacher of 35 years, stocked her toy store and
literacy center with grade level specific curriculum and workbooks and
critical thinking games. She is starting a storytelling podcast created solely
in order to read books to kids. Yes, grandma is old school.
I don't believe in electronics, number one. I want kids to think, critical thiink,'
Harris - Martine said. I want them communicate with each other and those kinds
of things don't permit that so I don't permit them in the store."
The Parents who come here, know this and like it.
' I know he's going to be able to get everything he needs here," parent
Chris McAdams said. 'Mainly artistic thngs, getting writing skills down like that,
Also hand-eye coordination as well"
Harris-Martine says it's a passion of hers.
"I make no money, but it's been the best ride of my life," she said.