RANDOLPH, NJ- Children at Center Grove, Fernbrook, Ironia and Shongum elementary schools are dressing up for special themed days, reading lots of books in school reading trains and getting visits from the Cat in the Hat and other special visitors as part of the Randolph School District's celebration of Read Across America Week.

Children at Shongum and Fernbrook schools read books in special "reading trains." At Center Grove, Randolph Mayor Christine Carey read books to students in the school cafeteria. Students also asked the mayor many questions including if she lived in a special house like the president and if her job was difficult. Many students were pleased to learn that the mayor's children attended Center Grove School and even had some of the teachers who are still at the school. Mayor Carey told the children that she enjoys being the mayor and especially likes performing wedding ceremonies.

At Ironia Elementary School, Principal David Kricheff read "Z is for Zamboni" to Irma Pace's first grade class while down the hall Superintendent Jennifer A. Fano read a book to kindergarten students. Other Ironia guest readers included Board of Education member Susan DeVito, RMS Prinicpal Dennis Copeland and Director of Secondary Education Jonathan Olsen.

Board of Education member Sheldon Epstein transformed himself into Abraham Lincoln and visited several classes, reading a book about President Lincoln at a special event for Read Across America week and President's Day at Shongum School. One student asked him "are you alive?" Mr. Epstein replied that he lived "in the imaginations of people everywhere in the world."