Education

Edison Public Schools Celebrate Read Across America During Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Week

1abe30f37c1eb9768c48_Dr._O_Malley.JPG
Edison Schools Superintendent, Dr. Richard O'Malley reads to children at Washington Elementary School Credits: Washington Elementary School
3f356061b677a7f36b5c_beth.jpg
Edison Board of Education member, Beth Moroney, reads to children at Menlo Park Elementary School Credits: Menlo Park Elementary School
c96149891d307d5a3007_BOE_DEbra_Anes.JPG
Edison Board of Education member, Debra Anes, reads to children at Washington Elementary School Credits: Washington Elementary School
c5e317e7dc970ebecf27_BOE_Veena_Iyer.JPG
Edison Board of Education president,Veena Iyer, reads to children at Washington Elementary School Credits: Washington Elementary School
25e1a1856615b5f1c025_DC_Mark_Anderko.JPG
Edison Deputy Chief of Police reads to children at Washington Elementary School Credits: Washington Elementary School
1abe30f37c1eb9768c48_Dr._O_Malley.JPG

EDISON, NJ - The nation's largest reading event was celebrated by Edison students, teachers, parents and others this during the week of March 2 which coincides with the great children's author, Dr. Seuss' 111 birthday.

The event frequently stretches over a week in order to accommodate the large number of classes that wish to participate.

“On Read Across America Day, Washington School welcomed community leaders, retired teachers, Rutgers athletes, and parents for a "community read-in" for the first half of our school day,” Dalia Mirrione, principal said. “Students are thrilled to hear Dr. Seuss classics as well as other colorful stories read aloud by our special guests.”

Sign Up for E-News

In Edison Township, members of the Board of Education, including Debbie Anes, Veena Iyer, Dr. Frank Heelan, Beth Moroney, and Theresa Ward have visited most of the elementary schools to read to Edison students.

Many of the chief administrators in the district, including school superintendent, Dr. Richard O'Malley and assistant superintendents, Margaret De Luca, Christopher Conklin, and Tara Beam have appeared in schools to read to the youngsters as well.

Jeff Bowden, president of the Edison Township Teachers Association, made the rounds at several schools during the Read across America Week.

“I've been to Menlo Park Elementary, Ben Franklin Elementary, James Madison Primary and Elementary," Bowden said. "I find it the most rewarding experience that I have during the school year.” 

Dr. Frank Heelan enjoys sharing a sing-along book with the students. He first reads the book “How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck” to the students and reviews some of the more sophisticated vocabulary including composite words. He then plays a CD with the story put to music and has the learners sing it with him.

“Sometimes the children even dance to it because they are so enthusiastic,” Heelan said. “When I read, I try to be dramatic to keep their attention.”

“Casey at Bat” is another book that is a successful read with the students “The kids like the rhyme in the book and because it is about baseball it is always a popular choice,” Heelan added. “However, the students are not too happy when they find out that Casey struck out!”

Debbie Anes shares an excellent book, “How To Take Your Grandmother to the Museum,” that she purchased at the Museum of Natural History. Since most children do not have previous familiarity with this particular book, the learners are very receptive to the subject matter. I

n the story the child escorts his grandmother to a museum, to which she has never been. Anes explains to the young listeners that the story is one of “role reversal.” Usually it is the adult who takes a child to a new place, but here the child is taking the lead role.

To Anes, Read Across America is a wonderful opportunity, not only to share stories with children, but to teach them life lessons as well. Anes agrees that Read Across America is one of the most rewarding experiences of being a Board of Education member.

“I love to go into the classrooms and meet the students. I always stress the importance of reading in the children's lives and tell them that everything they do in their futures ultimately depends on reading,” Anes said. “I point out to them that even reading the street signs like 'Stop,' is important to them, and many of them have never considered that reading, but it is.”

Beth Moroney has read several books to the younger classes, including “Amelia Bedelia” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”

“I make the readings interactive,” Moroney said. “I have the students act out certain words like 'smooshed' and 'scrunched.' After the readings we discuss the subject of the book, and how certain words can be interpreted figuratively or literally.”

Moroney enjoys reading Chapter 1 of Harry Potter to the older classes.

“No matter how many times you read Harry Potter, you always find something new in it,” Moroney told the 5th grade classes at Menlo Park and JMI.

 “Literacy unlocks students' opportunities for success and serves as the portal to all their future learning, so planning a memorable day to celebrate and recommit to empowering our children is well worth all of our efforts.” Mirrione concluded.

For more information and activities that you can share with your children to celebrate Read Across America, which is sponsored by the National Education Association, go to www.seussville.com

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Edison

East Brunswick School Board Member Arrested on Prostitution Charges

April 20, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Robert Cancro, 66, a member of the East Brunswick Board of Education, was one of numerous men arrested and charged with engaging in prostitution as part of an ongoing investigation by the Hazlet Police of a location on Route 36. 

Cancro was elected to the Board last year.  He has served as a teacher and an administrator for many ...

Stories About Juvenile Death Row Inmates Featured in New “Docu-play”

April 13, 2018

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - The United States is apparently the only country in the world where children are given death sentences.

A new documentary play by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg titled Life, Death, and Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison is being performed with coLAB Arts at the Reformed Church in Highland Park. The play will tell the true stories of people who committed violent ...

Raritan Ringers Handbell Concert in Metuchen May 16

April 22, 2018

The Raritan Ringers, a choir of advanced handbell ringers from communities in north central New Jersey, will present a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 17 Oak Ave., in Metuchen.

The select group of 13 adult handbell ringers, founded in 2003, is led by F. Paul Dickey, Director of Music at the United Reformed Church in Somerville. It will ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...