HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Euclid Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Week March 2 through 6, emphasizing the importance of reading. The week-long celebration was filled with literacy events and each day was a different dress-up day which coincided with a Dr. Seuss Book.
The Euclid School Literacy Team planned Read Across America with the following members, Principal Mike Sickels, Media Specialist, Betty Chiu, Reading Specialist, Linda Mansfield, Speech Therapist, Courtney Tacinelli, Basic Skills teacher, Pam Lambe, Art teacher, Lesa Brinker and the Euclid School PTA.
Betty Chiu, Euclid School’s Media Specialist, said one of the highlights of the week was having Euclid School’s PTA sponsor award-winning Author, Sarah Weeks, at Euclid School. Sarah Weeks gave engaging presentations and discussed her journey of becoming an author. She has written fifty-nine books and is currently working on her next book, "I’ll Reach for the Sky." Several students in fourth and fifth grades had the opportunity to have lunch with Weeks, and discussed her novels and ideas for new books. Some of the preparation for Week’s visit included students participating in the “Sarah Week’s Reading Challenge,” creating artwork with art teacher, Lesa Brinker, classes doing an “Author Study” and fifth grade students participating in book clubs.
A new aspect to this year's activities was students were asked to donate pairs of socks to those in need to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday on March 2. After reading his book, "Fox in Socks," students donated 1,366 pairs of socks to a shelter. In addition, students also participated in many other reading events. Hasbrouck Heights High School Teacher, Catherine Cassidy, took twelve students on a field trip to Euclid School. The high school students read to each homeroom and created literacy projects with them.
During the week, students enjoyed, “Pop into Reading” while reading their favorite book and eating popcorn donated by the PTA. In addition, the Community Leaders joined the students in their homerooms and read to them. The community leaders were Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Matthew Helfant, Director of Special Services, Janine Gribbin, Director of Curriculum, Nicole DeBonis, Supervisor of Instruction and Programming, Jacquelyn Mansfield, MS Principal, Joseph Mastropietro, MS Vice Principal, Frank D’Amico, Mayor Jack DeLorenzo, Councilman Ron Kistner, Hasbrouck Heights Library Director Mimi Hui, Children’s Librarian Kate Senedzuk, Chief of Police Michael Colaneri, Sergeant Baker, Sergeant. Jeff Werner, Detective Sergeant Behr, Detective Brad Dussault, Officer Dom D’Amico, and Officer Brunetti.
Students in kindergarten had the opportunity to have their parents read to them in a “Read-A-Latte” event on Friday. Euclid School’s PTA donated Oreo Cookies and Dunkin Donuts Munchkins for this event. The district lunch vendor, Mashchio’s Food Service, donated coffee, chocolate milk and water for over a hundred and fifty students and parents.
Euclid School had a very successful Read Across America Week that was a collaborative effort between the school and the community noted Chiu.
“Read Across America is a wonderful time of year where the whole community celebrates the importance of literacy," she noted. "We are very fortunate to have the support to give our students these memorable events and opportunities.”
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