Quirky Characters and Colorful Illustrations Highlight JAE’s PARP Initiative

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FJC welcomed a special guest when an acclaimed author and illustrator of more than 30 children’s books visited to talk with the students about what it is like to be a writer. Sponsored by the school’s PTA, Dan Yaccarino shared his craft and read his stories to Ms. Liz Filippi’s first grade class as a kickoff to the school’s annual Parents as Reading Partners initiative. “His work really resonated with the students,” Ms. Filippi said. “As they continue to develop an appreciation for reading, his works had an additional layer of interest in the illustrations he created – a powerful motivator in reinforcing good reading habits.”