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Berkeley Heights Education Foundation Book Club Unites Community Members with Middle School Students

The BHEF held a Literary Lunch at Columbia Middle School on Wednesday, May 3.  
Sixth grade students, staff and community members had lunch and discussed Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm, the story of a girl Turtle, 11, who lives in Key West, Florida in the 1930’s.
Sixth grade students, staff and community members at the Literary Lunch enjoyed lunch while they discussed Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm.

The Berkeley Heights Education Foundation (BHEF) sponsored its last Literary Lunch for the 2016-2017 school year at Columbia Middle School on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017.  This intergenerational book club brings together middle school students with staff and community members to discuss a book over lunch in an informal setting.  The book chosen for discussion with the sixth grade students was Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm, which follows the story of an 11 year old girl, named Turtle, and is set in Key West Florida in the 1930’s.  The luncheon was enjoyed by all and the book discussion was given greater perspective by the stories and experiences shared by the community members. The BHEF hosted Literary Lunches for the seventh and also for the eighth grade students earlier in the school year.

The BHEF would like to thank Mr. Stephen Hopkins, District Supervisor for Social Studies and World Language for his help in choosing the books and providing support in scheduling the lunches. We would also like to thank the teachers, Ms. Cheryl Kurkowski the school librarian, and the custodial staff of Columbia Middle School.

Literary Lunch would not be possible without generous donations to the BHEF from the Berkeley Heights community.  The BHEF supplies the books and the tasty lunch for the program. If you are a Berkeley Heights resident and are interested in joining the book club for the 2017-18 school year, please contact the BHEF at info@bhedfoundation.org.

The BHEF is a nonprofit, volunteer fundraising organization that, for over 20 years, has helped provide innovative hands-on educational programs and cutting edge technology to students across all six schools in Berkeley Heights.  We are a complimentary organization to the individual school PTOs, working to enhance the educational experience for all of our children.  To learn more about the BHEF, how you can get involved, and donate to our organization, please visit www.BHedFoundation.org

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