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Newark, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today joined Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, founder and president of the Child Mind Institute, at Little Ferry Memorial School to address children's needs following Superstorm Sandy.

At the event, Dr. Koplewicz will make a donation of children's books that will be distributed to Little Ferry families through the local school district.

"The issues involved with Sandy recovery are many, but we cannot overlook the fact that recovery from the storm includes providing emotional care and nurturing to our children who endured the storm and continue to live through its aftermath," said Senator Menendez. "I thank Dr. Koplewicz and the Child Mind Institute for their kind donation of children's books to the Little Ferry community. It serves as a reminder to people throughout New Jersey that the simple act of reading to a child helps develop a child's cognition and ability to cope with adversity. These are gifts that can last a lifetime."

"This storm and its aftermath have tested many families, and we know that a child's best hope for developing resiliency is a loving family," said Dr. Koplewicz. "Reading with a small child is one of the most deeply reassuring things parents can do, and a simple but profound step to getting back to a normal routine. These books are a small token from our supporters, to families that have bravely weathered more than many of us ever will."

Since Superstorm Sandy struck, Senator Menendez has worked tirelessly on behalf of New Jersayans affected by the storm. Little Ferry, where Sandy's massive flooding forced numerous families from their homes, was among the first communities Senator Menendez visited after the storm.

The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. Founded by Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz and Brooke Garber Neidich, the organization is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers.