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January 15, 2010
Dear Mayor:

For the eleventh consecutive year, the New Jersey Education Association and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities are working in partnership to promote reading and family literacy through Read Across America-NJ.

Read Across America is an annual celebration of reading that culminates this year on March 2, which would have been the 106th birthday of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.  In schools, libraries, and other venues across New Jersey, students, parents, and community members will participate in various events organized by local school employees, and we encourage you to join in the celebration of reading.

The simplest way to get involved in Read Across America is to volunteer as a guest reader in a local school on March 2 (contact your local education association for details).  Here are some other ways you can help celebrate Read Across America:

Encourage your local governing body to adopt a proclamation designating March 2 as Read Across America Dayin your community (sample proclamation enclosed WORD PDF).  Invite representatives of the local education association to be present when the resolution is adopted.

Conduct a book drive or donate books on behalf of the local governing body to schools and/or public libraries.

Host a day or evening of family reading in the council chambers.  Work with local school staff to organize the event and invite parents.  Put out a news release (sample enclosed WORD PDF) highlighting the involvement of local officials in Read Across America.

Please take photos of your events and forward them to the NJLM office to kduran@njslom.com for consideration of future New Jersey Municipality magazine articles.

No matter how you choose to participate, we hope you agree that Read Across America-NJ is a terrific way to support learning and family literacy in your community.

James Anzaldi                                                                      Barbara Keshishian
Mayor, Clifton City                                                                President
President, NJ State League of Municipalities                           New Jersey Education Association

 


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