JERSEY SHORE - The Jersey Shore Area Education Association recently participated in the festivities of the Jersey Shore Town Meeting from July 5 to 10.
Melissa Weston, an association representative for the Jersey Shore Area Middle School, formed and led a committee for the association's debut at the popular local event.
Teachers from the association set-up a booth at the town park and throughout the week they shared informational pamphlets from the Pennsylvania State Education Association and encouraged each passerby to take a chance to win free prizes from JSAEA. Teachers also celebrated the town heritage taking part in the Town Meeting parade pulling wagons disguised as boats, handing out candy and leis.
Daily drawings were held to give away "Find-it Games" with a beach theme because more people think of the beaches of New Jersey when referring to Jersey Shore. The following participants won games: Mac Griswold, Tawny Amarosa, Calie Crist, Emmy Muthler, Keri Goodreau and Hunter Frantz.
Drawings also were held on the final day of the town meeting to give away another game and 10 books from the teachers' association.
The titles and winners were "Catching the Sun" by Coleen Paratore, Florence Baker; "Message in a Bottle" by Nicholas Sparks, Macenzie Milizia; "Ferris Beach" by Jill McCorkle, Samantha Bailey; "Beach Day" by Karen Roosa, Andrea Misquitta; "Beach Volleyball" by Karch Kiraly, Alex Valez; "A Day at the Beach: A Seaside Counting Book from One to Ten" by Sandy Seely Walling, Matthew Outzen; "Tar Beach" by Faith Ringgold, Colby Koch; "Beach Racers: Daytona Before NASCAR" by Mr. Dick Punnett, Nathan Welshans; "Seashells, Crabs, & Sea Stars (Take-Along Guides)" by Christiane Kunp Tibbitts, Nathan Koon; and "Young Cam Jansen and the Double Beach Mystery" by David A. Adler, Emma Silvis.
Ellie J. Hubbard, a reading specialist and part of Weston's committee, selected the titles based upon the association's shore theme. In addition, the readability and interest levels of the books ranged from young, beginners to advanced, mature readers.
Most of the books were also titles that students could use to earn points toward individual goals through the Accelerated Reader program used by the district.