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Jefferson Elementary School Celebrates with Seussical Week


Jefferson Elementary School Celebrates with Seussical Week

Chief Palanchi reads at Read Across America  

ROXBURY, NJ (March 8, 2019) – Students at Jefferson Elementary School in Roxbury Township celebrated Read Across America last week with fun-filled spirit days of Crazy Hair Day, Hat Day, and Dress like a Seuss Character Day. 

Lorax costumes times 2 Joanne Saul, one of the event organizers and Reading Specialist at the school shared that “students took time out of their busy day even to line the halls for a Reading Train.” 

The week wrapped up with a Jefferson PTA Family Night on Friday, March 1st to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Sandra McBeth, a PTA member, and fellow organizer said, “Each year I look forward to the creative and collaborative process of putting together the Read Across America event.” 

Adding, “The challenge of creating an atmosphere that depicts the jobs of reading, of simply losing yourself in a book is incredibly rewarding when you see the looks of curiosity and joy on the faces of the children.” 

Surprise Guest from RHS Jennifer Toupet reading to a group of students Students were even treated to a few special guest readers, one being Roxbury Police Chief Marc Palanchi who came to read Enemy Pie at the opening gathering. Following the story, he held a brief Q&A with the students where he emphasized important topics such as kindness, tolerance, and inclusion all of which ties into the Jefferson ROCKS (Respect Others, Self, Environment by being Courteous, Kind, and Safe) school motto. Other special guest readers included Jennifer Toupet and Michelle Marzocca, Roxbury teachers who are no longer at Jefferson School but still in the district. 

The Family Night also treated students to a slide presentation that featured celebrities, local heroes, and students all reading for enjoyment. The beach-themed evening was complete with boardwalk-style games, crafts that highlighted Seuss’ books like The Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish, cotton candy, and popcorn. 

Community organizations also came out to participate in the event. Miss Lynn and Miss Jen from the Roxbury Public Library brought their mobile library where students and their families could sign up for library cards and check out books right on the spot! 

Jefferson’s Media Specialist and event organizer, Katey McAuliffe thought the night was a great success saying, “We all know that reading to children is important for many reasons. Reading books aloud to children not only stimulates their imagination but it expands their understanding of the world around them.” 

Adding, “At Read Across America Night we had so much fun sharing and celebrating love of literature with reading, crafts, and games. The night was such a great success because of all of the school and community members that participated with us. It was wonderful to see the school community connections with the public librarians, the Roxbury Women’s Club, and the Chief of police joining the celebrations.” 

PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Jefferson School)


For more information, contact: Roxbury Community School/Community Relations Coordinator Ann Rhodes at or 973-584-7699. 


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