PATERSON, NJ - Congressman Bill Pascrell took a short break from the big issues in Washington, D.C. recently when he stepped into a classroom at the Community Charter School of Paterson. Instead of debating foreign affairs, tax policy, or job creation his conversation with the students focused on whether or not fish have fingers, of if they fight.
Just down the street, Paterson Police Captain Patrick Murray wondered aloud with a group of smaller children if Sam I Am would finally get his friend to eat the plate of green eggs and ham.
While similar scenes would play out in classrooms across Paterson throughout the week, these were organized by the New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) as part of their annual tribute to children's author Dr. Seuss.
For Julie MacLeod, Director of the Paterson Family Center Preschool, the appearance of so many community leaders, also including Mayor Andre Sayegh and several Paterson firefighters, was an opportunity to "show our children how exciting books can be."
"Language development is the pre-cursor to literacy," MacLeod said, something the rhyming lines of Dr. Seuss are particularly attractive for. Those that showed up to read, the career educator added, "are willing to walk the walk and show our young people that education matters."
Saying that part of her role as New Jersey's Secretary of State is to "enhance culture and vitality, Tahesha Way was also on hand to read to the children. "It's important for kids to value a love of reading, to explore everything through books,to brighten their journeys in life," she told TAPinto Paterson.
"There is no better way to become informed and educated citizens then to become readers," Way added.
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