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Shawnee High School Hosts Read Across America for Local Preschool Students

During the event, Shawnee students read stories, lead organized, interactive activities, and shared a love of reading.

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Shawnee students Abigail DeVico and Marina Bontrager run a coloring activity with preschool students over Zoom. (Photo credit: Ashley Gerber)

Medford, NJ – Shawnee High School’s Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Future Educators of America (FEA), and Child Development classes hosted their first-ever virtual “Read Across America.”

Over the course of two days, March 18 and 18, Shawnee students welcomed local preschool students for a day of fun reading activities on Zoom.

Shawnee students Morgan Broderick, Meghan Harms, and Rose Walding read and perform for preschool students over Zoom. (Photo credit: Ashley Gerber)

During the event, Shawnee students read stories, lead organized, interactive activities, and shared a love of reading.

Shawnee students Reese Worton and Katie Fricke read a book to preschool students over Zoom. Image credit: Ashley Gerber

Ashley Gerber, Shawnee’s FCCLA Advisor, reflected on the event with the following statement. “It was great to be able to still hold the event and for the preschoolers to get this experience. This year was obviously a lot different and a bit of a challenge to plan exciting, interactive activities but I was really impressed with how much enthusiasm and creativity our students demonstrated. Their love for learning and reading is contagious and the preschoolers look up to them. I have no doubt the preschoolers will carry the impact of this positive experience with them throughout their educational lives.”

Shawnee students Riley Phipps, Marina Bontrager, Rose Walding, Meghan Harms, Katie Fricke, Morgan Broderick, Caroline Bell, and Jessica Chernoff perform an activity for preschool students over Zoom. (Image credit: Ashley Gerber

About LRHSD:

The Lenape Regional High School District’s four high schools – Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee, and Seneca – as well as the Sequoia Alternative Program, educate approximately 6,850 students from eight communities in Burlington County.

The communities served include Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, and Woodland.

The Lenape Regional District is among the highest-achieving districts in the state, with an average graduation rate of 98% and an average combined SAT score of 1139.

A leader in progressive education, the LRHSD’s mission is to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an everchanging world.

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