FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Franklin Township Board of Education adopted a resolution calling on the citizens in the township to endorse Read Across America Day and engage in programs and activities to ensure America's children are the best readers in the world. 

The resolution calls for every child to read with a caring adult in a safe place on the evening of March 2. 

"Snuggle up to a book order your white and red-striped hats," Board of Education Ed Potosnak said. 

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The National Education Association's Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday, according to the website. 

"The citizens of Franklin Township stand firmly committed to promoting reading as a catalyst for our students' future academic success, their preparation for America's jobs of the future, and their ability to compete in a global economy," Board of Education member Richard Seamon said while reading the resolution. 

The resolution also points out how investment in education is the key to a community's well-being and long-term quality of life. 

In the spirit of Read Across America Day, the poem below was read by Councilwoman Shanel Robinson at Tuesday's township council meeting in response to the proposed compressor station scheduled to be built near Route 27. 

Compressor Station Ode

We don't want it here or there 

We don't want it anywhere

We don't want it to do harm 

Near the farm
Or disrupt the Buddhist Calm
We don't want it by the schools

Or the churches

Or the temples 

Or the shuls 

“Do no harm” is what we swear 

about our health we do care 

We don't want those toxins in our air

Or in the water 

Or the land

More pollution we cannot stand

We don't want it here or there 

We don't want it 


Written by Linda Powell

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