NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Sheriff Michael Strada recently paid a visit to the preschool classroom at the Little Sprouts Early Learning Center to read several children’s books as part of Project Self-Sufficiency’s Celebrity Reader program.  After some fall-themed stories and much laughter, the Sheriff delighted the children with a surprise gift of coloring books and crayons. “I always enjoy reading to the children,” said Sheriff Strada. “This is my second year and I look forward to coming back and reading to the children again next year.”

The Celebrity Reader program is a component of Project Self-Sufficiency’s Family Literacy Program, which exists primarily to assist parents with obtaining their GED or with passing the college placement exam.  While in the program, parents also engage in a variety of activities designed to promote literacy within the entire family.  

Project Self-Sufficiency is a private non-profit community-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families residing in northwestern New Jersey. The agency’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of holistic, respectful, and comprehensive services enabling low-income single parents, teen parents, two-parent families, and displaced homemakers to improve their lives and the lives of their children through the achievement of personal and economic self-sufficiency and family stability.  Since 1986 Project Self-Sufficiency has served more than 20,000 families, including over 30,000 children.  For information about the programs and services offered by Project Self-Sufficiency, visit or call 973-940-3500.