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Holy Cross Elementary School’s Smart–Fit–A–Thon

Holy Cross Elementary

Biz X magazine was proud to participate Thursday morning in Holy Cross Elementary School’s annual Smart–Fit–A–Thon

Our Joe McParland joined a group of community volunteers that included La Salle’s Mayor Ken Antaya, Deputy Mayor Marc Bondy, CTV’s Bob Bellacicco and 16 other guest readers who spent time reading to students in their classrooms.

Joe selected as his book, “The Adventures of Spyke and Spencer.”

This book, published in 2006, was written by Essex County residents, Connie Walls and her late husband, Allen Walls. According to Connie Walls, “the Adventures of Spyke and Spencer is the first book in a series. These books teach children important values, including friendship, honesty, responsibility, compassion and loyalty as seen through the eyes and hearts of their beloved Jack Russell (Spyke) and adorable cat, Spencer.” Because of Allen’s sudden and untimely death in 2009, the series never materialized.

Joe read to five different classes for 30 minutes at a time. He stressed to the children the importance of reading and the wonderful world it opens up for everyone. Asked what he thought about today’s experience he replied, “it was a thrill to be with so many beautiful, wide-eyed young children and their educators, and to impart some pretty important life lessons to them in a fun learning environment.”

Joe read a passage from the book that described the origins of the Jack Russell dog dating back to the 16th century. The children all chuckled upon hearing that breed originated from a terrier named “Trump”, that became the mother of all Jack Russells.