FDU Student-teachers celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with Bogota, NJ children


Above: FDU student-teachers read Dr. Seuss books to children at the Bogota Public Library in observation of Dr. Seuss' birthday. (Photo by Gabriel Tavarez)

By Tyler Kay and Yenny Coll

On March 7th, 2015, the FDU Metropolitan Campus chapter of the New Jersey Student Education Association (NJSEA) hosted their annual Read Across America event at the Bogota Public Library. Children aged three to ten came to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and their love of reading with FDU student-teachers.

Members of the NJSEA read “Green Eggs and Ham” and “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss, as well as “Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina to the children. The elementary school students made different crafts that corresponded with each book after reading them.

Sophomore Christine Villano felt that the day’s experience allowed her to “grow as a teacher” as she worked one-on-one with the children, while sophomore Gabriel Tavarez described the day as “a very fun experience that was not only great for the children, but a great opportunity to grow as future teachers.”

This year marked the third consecutive year that the NJSEA has worked with the Bogota community and it was a very successful event with over 50 children and their parents in attendance, a great increase from past events. At the end of the day, each child was given a certificate to commemorate the event and to reward them for their love of reading.

Sophomore Romina Croce enjoyed having “the opportunity to work with both children and their parents.” This helped the pre-service teachers to incorporate a variety of skills learned in the classroom.