Newark Students Join Nationwide Read Across America Day with the support of the Feeley Family, the Foundation for Newark's Future, NJAfter3 and Scholastic,
Newark doubles efforts to ensure students continue to build their love of books.
March 1, 2013, Newark, NJ - Students across Newark celebrated Read Across America Day by selecting free NEW books to build their home libraries as part of the My Very Own Library (MVOL) initiative. Twenty Newark Public Schools, serving more than half of the city's kindergarten to 8th grade students, are participating in this year's MVOL initiative, more than twice as many as last year. More than 120,000 books were distributed to up to
12,000 Newark students. Participating schools host three exciting MVOL Scholastic Book Fair events throughout the school year where each student can choose 10 books to take home and add to his/her home library - growing their collection by 30 brand new books during the school year.
On the days leading up to and following the March 1 distribution, more than half of the schools also hosted family literacy nights. The My Very Own Library Initiative encourages and supports schools efforts to involve families since research shows that parents reading together can have a remarkable impact on student success.
"This is our second year participating in the My Very Own Library Initiative and it's one of our students' favorite programs." said Sandy Heintz, Vice Principal of Abington Avenue School. "The book fairs are always so special and really unite the school community, but this year we have been very focused on integrating the parents into the program and that is having a tremendous impact."
This is all part of the literacy initiative, My Very Own Library implemented by New Jersey After 3 the non-profit organization dedicated to expanding learning time for New Jersey's Youth. With support provided by the Foundation for Newark's Future, Scholastic and the Feeley Family Foundation, the My Very Own Library initiative is working in collaboration with Newark Public Schools and the Office of Mayor Booker to help build the personal libraries of Newark's students.