Chris DiGirolamo, Al Kurpis, and Ravi Sachdev at Wandell Elementary. | Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi

Celebrating Read Across America: A Special Visit to Wandell Elementary

In the charming borough of Saddle River, New Jersey, a heartwarming event unfolded at Wandell Elementary School on March 4th, embodying the spirit of community and the joy of reading. Chris DiGirolamo, serving as a councilman for Saddle River, alongside Mayor Al Kurpis and Councilman Ravi Sachdev, made a memorable visit to Wandell Elementary to participate in the national Read Across America program. This initiative is celebrated across the country to promote reading among elementary school children, fostering their creativity, curiosity, and understanding of diversity.

For DiGirolamo, the visit was not just an official duty but a nostalgic return to a place close to his heart. “Both my children attended Wandell, so it was really special for me to return to the elementary school and see the teachers and administrators. I really enjoyed participating and was honored to be chosen,” DiGirolamo reflected on the visit. His personal connection to the school, shared by Mayor Kurpis, whose granddaughter is currently a student there, added a layer of warmth and familiarity to the occasion.

The Read Across America program, which spans the entire month and coincides with Dr. Seuss’ birthday, aims to instill a love for reading in young minds. It is a pivotal time when schools across the nation engage in activities that celebrate reading as a pathway to creativity and knowledge. DiGirolamo, Kurpis, and Sachdev contributed to this nationwide endeavor by reading to kindergarten and second-grade students at Wandell, sharing stories that spark imagination and teach valuable lessons.

Such initiatives highlight the importance of community leaders engaging with young learners and the role of education in bridging generations and inspiring students. By participating in Read Across America, the Saddle River officials not only emphasized the value of reading but also strengthened the bonds within their community, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of Wandell’s students.