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An intergenerational book club.

2014 Scholarship Recipients: 
Jacelyn Greenwald
Academic Achievement

Victor Candeloro
Community Service

Jabili Kandula 
James Pitingolo 
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Literary Lunches

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A BHEF Partner in Education

Literary Lunches – An Intergenerational Book Club
2013-2014 Program

Do you like to read and talk about books?
For several years, the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation has sponsored a “Literary Lunches” program at Columbia Middle School. This program brings together students, staff and senior citizens to discuss a book while enjoying treats provided by the BHEF.
This program will continue during the 2013–2014 school year, with two sessions each planned for the 6th and 7th grades and one session for 8th grade (there are separate sessions for each grade). Interested students will have the opportunity to sign up through their Language Arts/English teachers and receive a pre-selected book courtesy of the BHEF. Books are also provided to participating seniors. On the day of the session, participants will gather in the CMS Media Center for conversation and refreshments.

In 2013 - 2014,

Grade 8 read The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Grade 7 read Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Grade 6 read Brett McCarthy:Work in Progress by Maria Padian and Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs


If you are an interested Columbia Middle School student, please contact your Language Arts/English teacher to sign up. If you are an interested senior, please contact BHEF trustee Alice White via e-mail at
 Literarylunches@bhef.info to sign up.  You can attend as many sessions as you would like.
Literary Lunches at Governor Livingston High School


In November 28, 2012, the BHEF is proud to sponsor a literary lunch at Governor Livingston High School featuring a discussion of “Zeitoun" by Dave Eggers.  It is a true story set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. . Students, community members and staff will discussed this book in small groups during the lunch.

lit lunch GL teachers Doreen Ladinski and Sharon Leahy organized this much-appreciated program, which was an outgrowth of a prior BHEF grant involving a literary lunch held in November 2010. The grant had included a very successful literary lunch featuring “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace, One School at a Time”, part of a service learning project to raise awareness about education and literacy in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and inspired by a “Pennies for Peace” initiative.
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