UNION, NJ - Township of Union Schools hit the books last week celebrating the National Education Association’s 20th annual “Read Across America” campaign.

Created to help celebrate literacy, NEA’s “Read Across America” is held on March 2 in honor of the late Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Each year over 45 million students, parents and educators participate in special events held across the country.

Events around Union included guest readers from around the school community reading at different schools.  Battle Hill welcomed hometown heroes including police and fire officials, and at Washington School dads came in to cook a special breakfast of green eggs and ham.

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Hannah Caldwell and Battle Hill Library Media Specialist Karen Franciosa put together two assemblies at both schools, encompassing what the “Read Across America” campaign is all about.

Hannah Caldwell vocal music teacher, Bernadette Burke, worked with her chorus classes to perform the Seussical number “Oh the Things You Can Think” which was performed by the 4th grade class.  A competitive round of “Are you Smarter Than Seuss?” was played at both schools as teachers went head to head answering Seuss related trivia questions. Guest readers including Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas and Officier Hanif Davis from the Union County Sheriff’s Department read Seuss classics at Hannah Caldwell, and Principal Mark Hoyt, read “The Sneeches” at Battle Hill.

Parents and Teachers dressed up as beloved Seuss characters, teachers and students decorated bulletin boards and guest readers read to classes throughout the day.  For lunch, the special menu consisted of green eggs and ham.  Both assemblies concluded with a flash mob, comprised of members of both schools’ student councils, who performed a book centric routine to a special version of the Black Eyed Peas song, “I Gotta Feeling.”

“It was an exciting day filled with smiles and a joy of reading which is what ‘Read Across America’ is supposed to be about,” said Franciosa.  “If I can motivate my students to pick up a book and instill a love of reading, then I know I have done my job as a School Library Media Specialist.”

For more information, please visit NEA’s website http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm