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Children’s author Patricia Polacco with Sickles School third graders during her recent visit to the Fair Haven School District.

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She is the writer and illustrator of over 115 books, including Keeping Quilt, Babushka’s Doll, The Dream Keeper, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, Chicken Sunday (a 1994 President’s Commendation Medal winner), and Welcome Comfort. Her Thank You Mr. Falker was awarded the 1999 Best Book Award by the Association of Dyslexic and Learning Disabled Readers — and in 2013, the Library of Congress and the President of the United States recognized her book Pink and Say as one of the best books written for children in the past 100 years.

A wish came true last week, when New York Times bestselling children’s book author Patricia Polacco paid a special two-day visit to the Fair Haven school district.

Students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades at Knollwood School spent quality time with the author during presentations on April 3, while Polacco’s visit to Viola L. Sickles School on April 4 included lunch with two students chosen by lottery from each third grade class, along with their teachers.

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duffy-gaunt-butler-fhSuzanne Duffy, Laraine Gaunt, and Suzanne Butler at the “It’s OK to Be Different” assembly, which helped kick off the “Week of Respect” at Sickles School in Fair Haven.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

At Viola L. Sickles School in Fair Haven, the subject of respect – like reading and writing — is taught all year long. During this year’s state-mandated Week of Respect, Sickles  students participated in meaningful activities designed to reinforce lessons about kindness and acceptance.

A kickoff event was held on Friday, September 30, and featured the “It’s OK to Be Different” assembly presented by the program’s creator and director Laraine Gaunt. An educator whose now-grown children once attended Sickles School, Gaunt introduced “It’s OK to Be Different” in 1978 to teach young children respect for all individuals and to promote understanding and tolerance.

“It’s OK to Be Different” is a year-long initiative at Sickles School and complements the tenets of the Responsive Classroom Philosophy already in place at all grade levels – “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully” (Pre-K and Kindergarten), “Understanding Disabilities” (First Grade), “Respect for Different Learners” (Second Grade), and “Celebrating Cultures”  (Third Grade).

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australiaChildren’s book author-illlustrator and award winning educator Timothy Bellavia comes to Tower Hill School in Red Bank, as part of a special presentation for students on Friday, October 18.

A discussion of what high school athletes and parents should know about college athletics. An annual autumn festival with an engaging environmental angle. An anti-bullying workshop for young children that employs a unique teaching device. Just a few of the activities presented by and for students in the schooldays to come, all around the greater Green.

LITTLE SILVER: On Thursday, October 17, Red Bank Regional High School invites all parents and athletes from the Shore Conference to a presentation on the college athletic recruitment process, conducted by former high school/ college coach and athletic director Jack Renkens of Recruiting Realities. Scheduled for 7 pm in the RBR auditorium, the free, public-welcome forum is designed to “detail the facts about the college athletic recruitment, while clarifying popular misconceptions and will detail the role that high school coaches, social media and even parents play in the process.”

A former high school, college coach and athletic director, Renkens has written several books on the subject of athletics program recruiting, and has spoken at high schools across the United States for the past 16 years. RBR athletic director Del Dal Pra, who invited Mr. Renkens to speak at the school, states, “This is a great presentation for all parents and athletes to see, particularly as they embark on their high school athletic career. It provides them with helpful information on the possibility of playing sports at the collegiate level and attaining college scholarships.”

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