Thanks to funding through NJEA PRIDE, the East Windsor Education Association was able to partner with the United Way and set up a “CLIP” program (Child Literacy Improvement Project). Our favorite United Way person, Denise Daniels, was our partner in setting up the Rogers School “Reading Oasis”.
“CLIP” sets up a reading corner in a local barber shop/salon so that kids can have a place to read and enjoy books while their parents, siblings, or themselves wait for a haircut!
The bookcase has OUR NAME on it, and each book thanks us with a label too. There are kid sized chairs for the “Readers” to relax in. The PRIDE funding we received ($500) also pays for upkeep and re-stocking of books for the youngest “customers”.
An extra bonus for the East Windsor Education Association president, Ellen Ogintz, was that this particular barber shop, Legends Barbershop of Hightstown, is owned an operated by her former student Izzy Vargas! Izzy knew from his “favorite” teacher “way back when” that reading is magical. She still agrees 😉