Today I had the pleasure of visiting Larchmont Elementary School in the Mount Laurel School District. I went to the school to take part in Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record” Campaign. As part of the campaign, millions of people around the country all read the same book on the same day, reinforcing the importance of reading in children’s lives. I also took the opportunity to visit and learn more about the Mount Laurel School District, which is known for their exceptional special needs programs in public schools. Larchmont, a public elementary school grades Pre-K through 4, has classes for children with Autism, as well as inclusion classes.
On today’s tour of the school, I was able to see both in action. Mount Laurel is an incredible role model for other districts around the state. After the tour, I sat down and read the book Llama Llama Red Pajama to a class of children with autism. They were incredibly fun to be with and such an inspiration to me. As part of the “Read for the Record Campaign”, every child in the class received their own copy of Llama Llama Red Pajama to bring home to their families.
What a great way to start my day! Thank you to Congressman Runyan, State Senator Allen, and Mayor Keenan, who were all able to join us today for such a great event.