Middle Township Mayor Michael Clark reads to a group of children at the annual Family Reading Night Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Middle Township Elementary School 1. His choice of books was “If You Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t.”

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — More than 100 children, many dressed in pajamas, brought their parents to school last week for the 20th annual Family Reading Night at Middle Township Elementary School 1.

“It could be more than 20 years,” said Linda Camp, assistant school librarian. “But I know that it’s been at least 20 years that we’ve been having this event.”

Every year, school officials reach out to community leaders to visit the school on Family Reading Night to share some of their favorite children’s books with students.

“They’re our guest readers,” Camp said. “It’s a way of involving the community with the children’s education.”

The event, held Tuesday, Feb. 6, coincided with the annual Scholastic Book Fair held in the school library. Children, with parents and caregivers in tow, ranged up and down aisles of books, selecting their favorites before heading off to classrooms for an evening of reading by guests.

“Tonight is all about continuing to encourage and instill a lifelong love of reading,” Camp said.

Guest readers included Mayor Michael Clark; Committeeman Jeff DeVico; Christian Paskalides, principal of Elementary School 1; Donald Robertson, assistant principal of Elementary School 1; George DeLollis, Middle Township Board of Education; Dennis Roberts, Bellevue Tavern; Toni Lehman, director of curriculum and instruction for Middle Township Schools; Middle Township School District employees Maria Mallett, Michael McGowen, Samantha Douglass, Katharine Schoyer and Alison Logan; Middle Township High School student Elizabeth Mendel; and Elementary School 2 student Benjamin Banks.

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