SPARTA, NJ – Sparta’s Helen Morgan school was busy celebrating Read Across America week.  Each year, schools across the country celebrate a love of reading during the week that coincides with Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

On Wednesday, they had Poem in your Pocket day.  As the name suggests, students carried a poem in their pocket, taking it out to share when asked by friends or staff members. 

The school hosted author Bruce Coville. The whole school pitched in to make the author feel welcome.  Art teacher Karen Kratina mad sure the school was decked out in green, the author’s favorite color, with UFO and alien decorations.  Band teacher Patricia Curtis had the fifth grade band perform “Zombie Stomp” to start the day.

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Coville who has published more than 100 stories, shared his enthusiasm for reading and writing with the students in two 1-hour assemblies.  Coville held a writer’s workshop, lasting an hour.  He also signed more than 170 books. 

“His enthusiasm is contagious and we were so excited to meet him,” Media center specialist Stephanie Bernardo said. “Students were in awe of meeting him and they hung on his every word.”

On Friday, the Helen Morgan family ended the week with a reading train.  Students lined up along the hallways of the school taking a few minutes to drop everything and read.  They were invited to wear their favorite hats, adding to the fun.