NJEA is proud to announce its first annual “Nicky Fifth Read Across America-NJ.” Nicky Fifth is a character created by former NJEA member and noted author Lisa Willever, a former educator and life-long proponent of supporting reading and New Jersey’s great public schools.

Thanks to a grant from the National Education Association, NJEA is holding a contest for educators in Grades 3-5 for the opportunity to win a real-life Nicky Fifth adventure, hosted by Lisa Willever herself. To participate, students will read one of the Nicky Fifth books as a class, and submit an essay describing what makes New Jersey—and its people—special. The Nicky Fifth series comes with a curriculum aligned to New Jersey’s standards.

The winning submission will receive a visit from Lisa Willever on or about March 2, when she will greet the grand prize recipients and announce their field-trip destination in the spring. The top 10 submissions will each receive a complete set of Nicky Fifth books (10 titles) for their school library.

The contest ends on Jan. 31, and the winners will be selected and notified by mid-February. For more information, visit njea.org/raa.

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