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Roxbury's Jefferson School Celebrates Read Across America

Mason Scafati and Molly Williamson in Mrs Becker 3rd grade class Credits: Jefferson School
Mrs. Becker's 3rd Grade Class Reading Train Credits: Jefferson School
Mrs. Becker's 3rd Grade class showing off for crazy sock day Credits: Jefferson School
Mrs. Beckers 3rd grade class for PJs Day Credits: Jefferson School
Stacey Carroll (Grade 4 teacher) and Ashley Cicchino (guidance counselor) show crazy socks Credits: Jefferson School
Addison Christian, Soham Bhagavatula, Makenzie Crist, and Achal Agnihotri from Mrs. Janice Eberding's 3rd grade class Credits: Jefferson School
Mrs. Eberding 3rd grade class reading train Credits: Jefferson School
Raelyn Fincke & Kate McDougal from Mrs. Stacey Carroll 4th grade class Credits: Jefferson School
Ms. Kasey Fox's 3rd grade class Credits: Jefferson School
Ms. Kasey Fox's 3rd grade class in their PJs Credits: Jefferson School
Mrs. Kirsten Goodnick's Kindergarten Class Reading Train Credits: Jefferson School
Ms. Erica Iuvone's 1st grade with Mrs. Kim Farina's 7th grade students from EMS Credits: Jefferson School
Mrs. Kelly Lamont (Kindergarten teacher) and Ms. Erica Iuvone (Grade 1 teacher) Credits: Jefferson School
Mrs. Lamont's Kindergarten Class Credits: Jefferson School
Mrs. Lamont's Kindergarten class showing off their socks for crazy sock day. Credits: Jefferson School
Mrs. Lamont's kindergarten class dressed as Dr. Seuss characters! Credits: Jefferson School
Lunch with an author Tara Lazar winners of the contest Credits: Jefferson School
Lunch with an author Tara Lazar winners of the contest Credits: Jefferson School
Mateo Sosa and Nicholas Riska 4th graders from Mrs. Carroll's class Credits: Jefferson School
Michael Mecca, Guerard Dawson, and Tyler Consentino, 4th graders from Mrs. Stacey Carroll's class Credits: Jefferson School
Mrs. Kristen Meiser's 4th Grade Reading Train Credits: Jefferson School
Alyssa Pavese, Emilia Nallabathula, Elena Cassella, and Brady Capko from Mrs. Michele DiBiase's 2nd grade class Credits: Jefferson School
Riley Farina, 1st grader in Ms. Erica Iuvone's class - cross-age teaching with EMS students Credits: Jefferson School
Aidan Saladino (Gr 4), Anthony Schnabel (Gr 4), Nicholas Riska (Gr 4), and Maria Schnabel (Gr 3) Credits: Jefferson School
Mrs. Jennifer Toupet's 2nd grade class Credits: Jefferson School
Mrs. Jennifer Toupet's 2nd grade class Credits: Jefferson School

ROXBURY, NJ - Every year, Roxbury public schools celebrate the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) as "Read Across America Day." This year, Jefferson School dedicated an entire week to the beloved Dr. Seuss by incorporating a plethora of activities to foster a love and appreciation for recreational reading.

Katey McAuliffe, media specialist, and Joanne Saul, reading specialist, worked closely with Sandra McBeth, a parent, and the Read Across America committee to plan and implement a week of wacky fun.

“Reading is the foundation of learning," said Saul. "Our goal is to promote positive reading experiences that lead children to a love of lifelong reading enjoyment. The school kicked off the week on Monday with Crazy ‘Fox in Socks’ Day. On Tuesday, the students were encouraged to dress up like Dr. Seuss characters."

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Saul said the school welcomed author Tara Lazar who discussed the life of an author and read one of her acclaimed fractured-fairy-tales, Little Red Gliding Hood

A number of lucky students were invited to have lunch with Lazar as a reward for their participation in a school-wide contest where they had to design a book cover and create a title for their own fractured-fairytale, said Jefferson School Principal Melissa Cosgrove.

Fourth grader Isabella McHugh said she had fun. “I enjoyed meeting Tara Lazar," McHugh said. "She is fun and not serious like some other adults. I am writing a book at home too about magic.”

The reading continued mid-week with a visit from Eisenhower Middle School students. Children from Kim Farina’s seventh grade came to read to first-graders some children’s storybooks they created in Erica Iuvone’s classroom.

Students wore "crazy hats" on Wednesday and cozied-up with a good book on Thursday while wearing pajamas to school.

“Pajama Day was so fun,” said Jack VanWert, a kindergartener. “It was like reading before bed, but we were in school.”

On Friday, students and staff participated in a “Reading Train” throughout the building. Students came out into the hall to participate in school-side sustained reading.

There were a number of activities taking place all week in the media center as well.

McAuliffe recently facilitated "makerspace" activities for students and incorporated the creation of “truffula trees” and a STEAM task called “If I Ran the Zoo” where students designed and created cages with designated items.

The big finale was a culmination of activities at Family Read Across America Fun Friday Night. Swimming coach Jen Bauman was the honored guest reader and families enjoyed beach-themed books and activities connected to the theme “Reading at the Beach.”

Jefferson School Parent Teacher Association members presented awards for the most logged hours for reading in February through a Six Flags Reading Contest. Jefferson students read for more than 710 hours.

Students that kept logs will receive a free ticket to Six Flags Great Adventure. 

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