Union, N.J. (August 11, 2020) – On August 5, Union Township Education Association (UTEA), with support from the Union Township Board of Education, kicked off “The Union Great Book Giveaway” at Franklin Elementary School. Teachers were joined by members of the Union Twp. Historical Society and Friends of the Union Public Library to distribute books purchased with funding from the NJEA/F.A.S.T. (Families and Schools Work Together) program. Due to the COVID pandemic planned projects were cancelled and libraries were closed. The FAST committee members created an alternative event, in conjunction with Union Public Library, and purchased books from Here’s The Story, to provide age-appropriate books for township children. Families are encouraged to participate in the UPL summer reading activities available on the UGBGA website and to upload pictures as they read their new books. In cooperation with the Township of Union, books were also given away at the Union Farmer’s Market. Currently, families may make an appointment to pick up books at UPL’s Main Branch or Vauxhall Branch. 

Twp. of Union teachers and UTEA/FAST Chairpersons: Suzanne Whitley and Angela Kahn: members of the Union Historical Society/Friends of UPL: David Arminio, Barb and Dennis LaMort, Jackie Hincapie from UPL, Joe Leo owner of Here’s the Story, and Twp. of Union Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio.

Member of the Union Historical Society/Friends of UPL David Arminio, Battle Hill 4th Grade Teacher and UTEA/FAST Chairperson Angela Kahn, Twp. of Union Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio, UHS History Teacher and UTEA/FAST Chairperson: Suzanne Whitley

Twp Union teachers (UHS) Suzanne Whitley and (BH 4th Grade) Angela Kahn, Barb LaMort member of Union Historical Society/Friends of UPL, and Dep. Mayor Florio and our first two book recipients.

Twp Union teachers (UHS) Suzanne Whitley and (BH 4th Grade) Angela Kahn and two happy book recipients.

UHS History Teacher, Suzanne Whitley, Dep. Mayor Florio, and one of our book recipients.

UHS History Teacher, Suzanne Whitley, Dep. Mayor Florio, and one of our book recipients.