Literacy Without Borders

In the Plumsted Township School District in Ocean County, many ESL students have parents who are not fluent in their new language and experience difficulty assisting their children with their social, academic, and cultural needs in a new language. Through a $10,000 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education this literacy project increases students’ exposure time to English outside the school setting. New Egypt elementary teachers Andrea Merhi, Sarah Carey, Ginger White, Aileen Chaney, Jennifer Gilbert, Jennifer Miller, Mariya Navarrette, Helen Sipos, Christine Marsh, and Christina Zirrillo coordinate the effort.

Audio books and supplies are purchased. Set up of computers and digital voice recorders is completed prior to the start of the project. The digital voice recorders and cassette recorders are prepared to welcome students, teach them basic rules of the program, and provide instruction on how to use their new technology.

Audio books and downloadable audio materials are available. Students are provided with age-appropriate audio materials, from Kindergarten through 12th grade. However, the entire library of information is open to all students for selection outside their grade level to use at home. This offer is also open to parents. Coordination of audio materials is ongoing as the year progresses, in conjunction with student’s improving levels of proficiency.

Literacy and writing assessments are performed at the end of the school year. The results are reviewed over the summer and modifications to the program are made as necessary.

For further information, contact:

Andrea Merhi
School - (609) 758-6800