CLARK, NJ – Members of Arthur L. Johnson’s Crusader Athletic Leadership Council paid a visit to the Clark Preschool in honor of Read Across America Day last Thursday.

March 2 is not only Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  It also kicks off a month of reading across the nation, raising awareness about the importance of children’s literacy.  Members of the CALC as well as the Cat in the Hat (preschool staff member Lori Menzo) visited the classrooms and read different children’s stories to the preschool students. 

“The CALC was thrilled to be able to assist with the Clark School District’s Read Across America events at the Clark Preschool,” Athletic Director Gus Kalikas said.  “It was fun watching the high school student athletes as they interacted with the young children, and I think both groups not only enjoyed the experience, but learned a lot while doing it.”

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Preschool teachers and staff including Ashley Tenpenny, Cristina Carrano, Megan Consiglio, Valerie LaManna, Sharon DeAngelis, Lori Kowalski and of course the Menzo’s Cat in the Hat organized plenty of activities for the CALC members and preschool students to participate in together.

The following CALC members all took turns reading to the preschool students: Tyler Bohm, Christie Bove, Michael Brennan, Michael Bruno, Jen Casalino, Vin Crisafi, Jon Duffy, Jessica Gannon, Krista Ginesi, Lindsey Hofschneider, Cameron Hund, Jessica Lopez, Katie Prestinari, Gianna Randazza, Deserae Sequeira, Zach Thornton, George Visconti Jr., Ray Williamson, and Amy Wysocki.

“It was a lot of fun and it went really well with the kids,” said CALC Member and Student Board Member Michael Brennan.

Research shows that early literacy plays a key role in the enabling of learning experiences that are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention, higher graduation rates, and enhances productivity in adult life.