CLARK, NJ - On Monday, December 16, the Arthur L. Johnson Crusader Achievement Program class, accompanied by their teacher Mrs. Gordon and school psychologist Ms. Nacht, visited the Clark Preschool.  Each high school student selected an age appropriate holiday book that they wished to read to the preschool classes.

 Patrick Cassidy started the reading session off in Ms. Van De Water’s preschool class with “The Snowy Day” written by, Ezra Jack Keats. 

Michael Mirassol, Cody Williamson, Jason Duffy and Ethan Rodger followed with holiday stories such as; “Santa Duck” by David Milgrim and “Bears in the Snow” by Shirley Parenteau. 

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In between readings, Ms. Van De Water’s students taught the high schoolers how to jump and shake their wiggles out with their brain break song and dance!  Everyone joined in the fun and followed along with the song before settling back down for the last story, “Little Blue Truck’s Christmas” by Alice Schertle. 

After saying goodbye with some high fives and fist bumps, Ms. Gergich’s class was ready for their turn to share in some holiday fun.  The Crusader Achievement Program students read their stories to Ms. Gergich’s class and answered some questions the preschool students had about the stories.  Another round of high fives and fist bumps ended the visit for this morning class and the Crusader students headed back to ALJ to continue with their day even though, the fun wasn’t over.

 Ms. Gergich’s afternoon preschool class was able to join in the fun when the Crusader Achievement students returned with new books in hand to share with the preschoolers.  The book “Click Clack Ho Ho Ho” by Doreen Cronin, was a big hit and had everyone laughing along with the story as the animals one by one got stuck in the chimney.  Finally, all of the stories were read and it was time to say goodbye. 

Mrs. Gordon and Ms. Nacht, hope to continue this tradition of giving back to the school district during the holiday season and beyond.  Last December the Crusader Achievement class helped the Hehnly PTA with their holiday shop.  Next year they hope to spread some holiday cheer at other schools in our district as well as visit the Clark Preschool again.  School officials said this was a fun event for both the high school and preschool students and it is a great way to get involved with the community and student body.