LIVINGSTON, NJ — After packing the house for its inaugural Community Book Club event last year, the Livingston Education Foundation (LEF) has announced that its second annual Community Book Club, to be held at Livingston High School (LHS) on Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m., will feature LHS graduate Ann Schonwetter Arnold, author of “Together: A Journey for Survival.”

Arnold will be joined by her father, Holocaust survivor Mark Schonwetter, and sister Isabella Fiske.

In her book, Arnold shares her ancestors’ “journey through Poland's countryside as a war of nations thunders around them. The story displays the strength of a mother's love and the incredible courage of good people during the worst of times.”

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The mission of the LEF is to provide school-community partnerships and shared resources that will enhance not only educational opportunities for the Livingston Public Schools, but continue to grow an involved, thriving community.

Over the years, volunteer efforts and contributions from individuals, school organizations, local sponsors, and alumni have allowed the LEF to support school related initiatives that benefit LPS students. Highlights include donating to outdoor classroom and garden-based learning projects; providing technology such as tablets, white boards and cameras to LPS classrooms; awarding scholarships; and creating an alumni association.

At its inaugural Community Book Club event in 2017, the LEF hosted best-selling author and LHS grad Harlan Coben, whose discussion attracted nearly 600 community participants.

Collins Elementary School teacher Greer Gelman serves as president of the LEF. Its executive board includes vice presidents Liza Lowenberg and Nicole Lynn; treasurer Stefanie Lichtstein; secretary Jodi Eisner; and board of education liaisons Samantha Messer and Buddy August.

Donations to the LEF may be made through PayPal; Venmo (@LEF-Livingston); or the LEF website.​​​​​​​

To reserve a seat for the upcoming event, RSVP to Greer Gelman at ggelman@livingston.org.