Read Across America

Read Across New Jersey

Featured on Classroom Close-Up, NJ :

Winfied Park Elementary School

For Read Across America Day, students at Winfield Elementary School make “Books Come to Life.” All the students, from pre-k to eighth grade, brought a variety of books and characters to life through a school-wide event sponsored by the Winfield Park Teachers’ Association. From Four and Twenty Blackbirds to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the children performed for their parents and fellow classmates to share the joy of reading.   Photo Gallery Gallery

Bradley Park Elementary School

Asbury Park is joining the nation-wide celebration of Read Across America. Bradley Park Elementary brings in celebrity and community readers to share the joy of reading and honors the birth of Dr. Seuss.  From local and state politicians to police and firemen, the kindergarten through fifth grade students enjoyed a day of reading from enthusiastic readers. Photo Gallery Gallery

Other Celebrations

Atlantic Highlands Elementary School, Atlantic Highlands (Monmouth)

The teachers of Atlantic Highlands Elementary School sponsored "Reading Night at AHES" on Thursday, March 3.  Teachers and support staff read books and coordinated related craft activities aligned to each book.  There was also a bookmark-making activity and refreshments for all families who attended. 

--Susan Kvarantan, Elementary teacher, Atlantic Highlands EA

Bowne-Munro Elementary School, East Brunswick (Middlesex)

On the morning of March 2, 2011 Bowne-Munro hosted two sessions of Reading with the Stars, a showcase of students reading their own writing pieces to guests and classmates in small groups.  Parents and VIPs were invited to join us in the all-purpose room for these open house-style events to sample the wonderful work that has been going on in our classrooms this year.   Student readings were videotaped and selections starring Bowne-Munro students shown later in the day at the All-School Read In and during our BMBC News Live at 9 morning broadcast on subsequent days.

--Danielle DiNinno, Reading Specialist, East Brunswick EA

H&M Potter Elementary School, Bayville (Ocean)

H&M Potter Elementary School had a school-wide Book Club Discussion. Students in each grade level received a book as a gift from our PTA in mid February and read it together as a class. Classes were asked to decorate the all-purpose room with projects that relate to their book selection. On March 2 all grade levels were invited to the all-purpose room (which was transformed into a book club) to discuss the book selection. A power point presentation with pictures of the book covers and questions about the books were displayed on the screen. One teacher from each grade level dressed as a main character and was skyped into the book discussion and acted as the discussion facilitator. Special invited guests from the town and the board of education were invited to join in the different grade level discussions, and refreshments were served at the end of each book discussion.

--Linda Waldron, Elementary teacher, Berkeley Township EA

Marlboro Middle School, Marlboro (Monmouth)

For Read Across America, Marlboro Middle School’s Diversity in Literature 6th grade group was invited to participate in the "Read to Succeed" program sponsored by Great Adventure. Students were challenged to read 360 minutes of any type of literature and record it on a reading log. These logs had to be returned on Read Across America Day to qualify for a free ticket to Great Adventure. Many students reached their goal! What better way to make reading fun?

--Victoria Elbrecht, 6th grade teacher, Marlboro EA

Paul W. Carleton School, Penns Grove (Salem)

At Carleton School each year we celebrate the Cat’s birthday by inviting parents, grandparents, and high school students to come read to our students in the morning.  In the afternoon, every student and staff member sits in the hallway on the floor against their lockers with pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals and reads for 45 minutes while the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch walk around, visit, and take pictures with our students.  Students also are allowed to wear pajamas to school on this day.  It is a wonderful celebration that has been going on for a number of years here at Carleton.  The students really enjoy this and it helps up promote the importance of reading to all of our students.

--Melissa Price, Guidance Counselor, Penns Grove/Carney’s Point EA

Point Road School, Little Silver (Monmouth)

Point Road School had a school-wide assembly for the Cat in the Hat’s visit, and incorporated all of the subject area teachers into the celebration.  The art teacher made Cat hats with the children, the music teacher taught the children the, “Dr. Seuss, We Love You” song, the computer teacher taught the children to make Venn-Diagrams using Pixie (a computer program for young children), and the librarian read Dr. Seuss books.  Each class will voted on their favorite Dr. Seuss books and the results were posted at the assembly.  The Reader’s Oath was read with the Mayor of our town and the principal  read the story, “The Cat in the Hat.”  The students received Dr. Seuss pencils and stickers and had printed the participation certificates to take home. 

-- Blair Falzon, Preschool teacher, Little Silver EA