FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Last Thursday was Read Across America Day and Elizabeth Avenue school commemorated the day with a week-long celebration.

The celebrations were wrapped up on Friday afternoon with the entire school lining the hallways reading their own books or sharing a book with a friend. The day was also Pajama day, a day where students and staff could wear their best PJs to school.  

Even the Principal John J. Haney, Vice Principal JoAnn Riley, and Guidance Counselor Jacqueline DeFilippis had a book and quietly showed the students that reading is important to them too.

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"We love reading at Elizabeth Avenue School yes we do, we love reading how about you," was the chant that could be heard from staff and students from Elizabeth Ave. school?

The week was made possible by the help of the Read Across America Committee (RAAC). RAAC is made up of several Elizabeth Avenue school teachers - Nicole Thompson, Jennifer Hughes, Alison Ryan, Linda Markow, Krista McLaughlin and Paula Sokolowsky, and Literacy Coach Suzanne Oliver.

"We are always looking for creative ways to promote the love of literacy," Oliver said.

A kickoff assembly started the week's activities. During the assembly members of RAAC and Sparky, the mascot for the Somerset Patriots announced a reading incentive program for the students. 

Guest readers from the community also came to the school to read with the students, such as Franklin Township Police Officers Pat Coyne, Anthony Chiarello and Matt Ellery. Assemblyman Joe Danielson and Councilman Theodore Chase also visited the students.

There was even a buddy reading day where older students read to the younger students. The younger students also had the opportunity to read things back to the older students. 

"The highlight of the week was getting to meet Dante Hoagland," Oliver said. "He is a former student at Connerly Road School who has been a young actor in TV and movies visit our school and read to the students and spoke about his success and the role that being a reader played in his life."

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