CLARK, NJ - Author Jerry Pallotta and The Cat in the Hat visited Valley Road School on Read Across America Day in early March.   

Pallotta is the author of over 90 children’s books including the Who Would Win Series.   He shared his books with the students teaching them about language arts, science, history, and math in the process. He explained to students how he got the ideas for his books and the importance of revising his work.  He answered several questions from the students as well. 

The day's assembly, organized by VRS teacher, Trish Peitz and sponsored by the PTA, was part of the school’s reading program. Every grade level was given a specific number of books to read and record in a log each month since school started. Since the students met their goal, they were visited by the author.

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“Mr. Pallotta's visit was a very special way to celebrate Read Across America Day. I would like to thank Mrs. Peitz and the PTA for organizing such a memorable event," said Principal Joseph Beltramba. "I'm especially proud of our students for achieving their reading goals. The students had a reading goal that they had to each reach each month. Those that reach their monthly goal each month will get treated to a special event which this year will be a dance party." 

The Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 were also spotted around the school in addition to many other special guest readers including Board Members, administrators, and the Carl H. Kumpf National Junior Honor Society.

According to the National Education Association, “Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.”

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