HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Students at Lincoln School had a full week of special events and activities during Read Across America Week including visits from three authors, special guests, and community readers.

The week started with a visit from two familiar authors, Doug Snelson and Lincoln School teacher Lauren Siconolfi. 

Siconolfi read her book “Louie Blue and the Rainbow That Almost Wasn’t.” The story tells the tale of Louie Blue who discovers the importance and beauty of diversity and teamwork.

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Snelson read “A Fable of a Snake Named Slim” to the first grade and introduced his new book, “Everybody Deserves a Hug” to the second grade. Those students were very interested in the process of finding an illustrator whose vision matches the authors'. 

“Keep on believing in yourself, because I believe in you,” Snelson told the students.

Each day the Student Council, led by advisor Jennifer Martello, introduced the Theme of the Day with a reading from a Dr. Seuss book during morning announcements.

Members of Hasbrouck Heights High School teacher Danielle Monetti's Multicultural Club, accompanied by high school history teacher Catherine Cassidy, read stories and led related activities with second and third graders on Tuesday.

Kindergartners and first graders, along with their parents/family members enjoyed the second annual Read-A-Latte in the Gym on Wednesday. The two afternoon sessions featured about 100 attendees each. After listening to “How to Read A Story” by Kate Messner, students read with a grown up or a stuffed animal and then enjoyed refreshments provided by Maschio's Catering. 

Thursday brought a full day of activities including a visit from author Rachelle Burk. Burk met with grades Kindergarten and first, second and third, and fourth and fifth graders separately in the gym to discuss her road to becoming a successful author. She also had a special Writers' Conference at lunchtime with the January Leopard Award winners. 

Thursday evening, Burk was the highlight of the Lincoln School PTA's Literacy Night event for students and their parents. Her engaging performances kept everyone interested and smiling all day long.

“I was so proud of the students during the author visits,” said Cindy Capozzi, Media Specialist. “They were respectful, interested, and engaged. They made the authors feel welcomed in our school.”

The PTA in conjunction with Cindy Capozzi, Media Specialist, and Karen Felicetti, Reading Specialist, kicked off a special contest open only to attendees of Literacy Night. Attendees were invited to participate in a STEM Challenge inspired by Burk's books. 

The Annual Reading Incentive Program was introduced, which is open to all Lincoln Leopards. Students are invited to complete Reading Tic-Tac-Toe Boards and return them to Capozzi for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble Gift Card when students return to school. And due to the school closure, the Six Flags Read to Succeed incentive deadline is now Thursday, April 9.

The week closed out with Community Leaders reading stories to fourth and fifth graders on Friday. Visiting guest readers included Director of Curriculum Nicole De Bonis, Councilman Ron Kistner, Hasbrouck Heights Police Chief Michael Colaneri, Hasbrouck Heights Library Director Mimi Hui, Hasbrouck Heights Police Officer Joe Olivo, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Helfant, Kate Senedzuk, Director of Special Services Janine Gribbon, Detective Brad Dussault, Guidance Counselor Kerry O’Hagan, Sergeant Alan Baker, and Jackie Mansfield. Their time and efforts are greatly appreciated as the books that they read are in high demand!

“We had a wonderful week filled with fun reading and writing opportunities that are continuing with the STEM and Reading Challenges,” said Capozzi.


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