BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The second Literary Lunch of this school year brought middle school students together with township residents to share lunch and talk about a book everyone read.

The event, which is sponsored by the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation (BHEF), took place at Columbia Middle School on Tuesday, February 13. The book under discussion by with the seventh grade students was A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen. The story follows the plight of a young family separated by the building of the Berlin Wall.

After enjoying a delicious lunch, the room was filled with lively discussion. One of the seventh grade participants, Jonathan S. said about the program, “It was a fun time and something different. It was interesting to hear the adults talk about their memories from that time.” Marilyn E. a community member with the program since its inception added, “I am continually impressed with the enthusiasm and contributions of the students to these book discussions. The students have thanked me for being part of the group and say they have enjoyed talking to me. What a pleasant surprise! I think the Literary Lunch is a very worthwhile endeavor.”

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Literary Lunch would not be possible without generous donations to the BHEF from the Berkeley Heights community. With these donations, the BHEF can supply the books and lunch for the program. The next Literary Lunch for the sixth grade students is planned for Tuesday, May 8th. If you are a Berkeley Heights resident and are interested in joining the book club please contact the BHEF at

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 or donate to our organization, please visit