Education

Polacco Brings Uplifting Message to Summit Elementary Schools

Patricia Polacco speaks to students at Jefferson Elementary School.

SUMMIT, NJ - Patricia Polacco, author and illustrator of numerous best-selling children's books, brought an inspirational message to Summit Elementary School students during assemblies at each school.

Polacco, who said her whole life has "been spent listening to stories," delivered an uplifting message of hope, inclusiveness, and dreaming big.  She told a rapt audience the tale of Meteor!, published in 1987, where a piece of celestial rock -- a "falling star" -- lands near her childhood home in Michigan.
Polacco even brought a piece of the "magic rock" so that students could touch it and make three wishes.  Reinforcing the themes of her talk, she put three boundaries on their wishes:
 
- They could not wish for money
 
- The wish could not ask to change others
 
- They could not wish for something that could be purchased with money... like toys.

 
She asked the students, "What have you done for someone else today?"  Relating to the social and cultural differences that children encounter, she told the audience that, "You are all walking miracles."
 
Polacco's personal story is one of overcoming a childhood of learning disabilities.  She struggled in school because she could not read until age 14, and said, "My greatest nightmare was was when she was made to read aloud in front of her class."    
 
Diagnosed with dyslexia, she expressed herself through art.  She related the pain of being teased and laughed at by schoolmates, and implored the children to, "please not laugh at others' difficulties."
 
Polacco relayed that each child's uniqueness is their strength.  "Stick out your chest." she said.  "Every one of you is gifted, we just do not open our gifts all at the same time."

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Summit

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_48d23eb86351e2d19b2e_1cc0c318b3b034e1e033_winter_storytime

Fri, February 24, 10:00 AM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Storytime

Community Calendar Education

Carousel_image_4c4aadfcc462319b8245_b537e49e99263a328957_zumba

Fri, February 24, 6:15 PM

The Connection, Summit

Zumba

Arts & Entertainment Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_79548a876edeb5df282b_eb72b149b363cd11febd_a1b7f06aa53b6ab2ba46_shipwrecked_icon

Fri, February 24, 8:00 PM

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar

Summit Fire Department Blotter

01/15/2017 at 02:12 hrs. -  FD dispatched To ROUTE 78 WESTBOUND for car fire.  On arrival found a fully involved motor vehicle fire on the shoulder of the highway.  Fire personnel extinguished the fire with fire apparatus and overhauled the vehicle and checked for extension.  A Signal 10 of off-duty personnel transmitted to provide station coverage while units operated on the ...

Summit Police Blotter

February 21, 2017

02/08- Sean R. Ousterman, 25, of Cranford was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking. Mr. Ousterman was released with a pending court date.

02/10- Andrew S. Medina, 26, of Hackettstown was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Mr. Medina was released with a pending court date.
 

02/13 - Vephkhvia Saakashvili, 30, of Westfield was arrested for ...

Real Solutions Not Resolutions – Personal Training Special Offer

February 24, 2017

Take advantage of Real Solutions Not Resolutions – a 6 Week Personal Training Special Offer at the Summit YMCA! With the help of a personal trainer and wellness coach, a specific training and wellness program will be developed to get the results you want. Included are 3 – 45 minute personal training sessions, 3 wellness coaching sessions, 1 nutrition session and 2 fitness ...

Registration for The Connection’s Preschool begins Mar. 1

Registration for The Connection’s Preschool, for boys and girls ages 3-5 begins March 1st for the 2017-2018 school year.  The Connection’s Preschool is committed to encouraging a lifetime of active learners by helping children develop the right habits, attitudes and skills that will prepare them to become successful students.

 “We strive to provide a stimulating ...

Property Matters

Introductions Are in Order

Hello Summit!

We are about to make 'the Hilltop City' our next home and, like any good future neighbor would do, we thought we would introduce ourselves, our team, our company, and our mission.

As owners of Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty, we operate 12 -- and soon to be 13 --  Sotheby's offices with more than 600 real estate ...

The IRS Isn’t Calling

Receiving mail with the IRS listed in the envelope’s upper left corner induces fear in most people. Receiving a phone call with the IRS listed on caller ID is even scarier. Fear can cause you to act before you think—many people fall for criminal scams out of fear. Don’t be one of them.

Bottom line: The IRS does not phone taxpayers or communicate via email. The IRS does not ...

Ain't That Grand?

Feeling Special?: Take Advantage of Fantastic Rates at Legendary Location

There has never been a better time to secure value pricing in one of New Jersey’s most celebrated addresses. The relaxed luxury like the town of Summit provides is tough to quantify in a state known for hustle and bustle.

“In Summit, time stands still,” says Assistant General Manager Michael Marino. “People laugh when we compare it to Mayberry, but there really is a ...

Tip #2 - Snapchat

In their latest update, Snapchat seems to have followed Instagram's example by releasing updated features one-by-one rather than all at once.

Group Chat

Snapchat now allows you to send snaps and text chats with groups that include up to sixteen friends and even name these groups. Just like a snap on your story, the snaps sent to your groups will be automatically deleted after 24 hours.

A Heartbreak Kid

It hurts.

 

She was sobbing pretty hard when she said it, so it came out more as a halting stutter.  It hu . . . hu . . . hu . . . rts. 

 

My arms were wrapped around her and her head was buried in my shoulder as she cried.  She was just a little girl the last time I comforted her like this.  Now she is a young woman.  

 

With a broken ...

Five Everyday Objects That Could Set Your House on Fire

The most cost effective approach to managing risk is to be proactive about reducing hazards and preventing accidents. When it comes to home fires, the most common causes of loss might not be what you expect. Less obvious dangers like the five detailed below actually cause more losses than major events, both because small risks may go unnoticed and because they occur frequently.  

Laptops ...