Monday, April 30, 2012


Take 4!

Chances are sometime soon you’ll attend an athletic, political, or educational event and our national anthem will be played.  When you hear it, stand proud and sing the song.  Not in your head.  Open your mouth and sing the words.  Sing them loud. Sing them clear.  It is the song of our country.  It’s what makes this song so special. So let’s connect as Americans, if only for a moment, with what is ours… Pride in our country.

Monday, April 23, 2012


Take 3!

Take time to nourish a friendship. Friendship is as much about the other person as is it is about you. Diamonds last a lifetime but friendships may not. Be sure to treat those you care about as you would like to be treated. This week, make a concerted effort to focus on those closest to you. Husbands, wives, parents and in-laws are just as or more deserving of kind thoughts than you may be giving credence. Don't take advantage of the role they play in your lives. Your actions will show them as much importance as the gift of friendship they have given to you. Think of one completely different way you might greet someone you see first thing in the morning that will brighten their day and inspire them.
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Be a role model, set good examples and Take A.C.T.I.O.N!

Highlighted in The Magazine of William Paterson University - Spring 2012

Section Titled: Alumni Books, pg. 31
Melissa Collesano '94 is the author and illustrator of two character trait books, Pheobe McKeeby's Garden Apartment and Pheobe McKeeby in I Promise I'll Take Care of the Dog. Collesano, a librarian at Fernwood Avenue Middle School in Egg Harbor Township, weaves each story around admirable character traits such as generosity, responsibility, perseverance, fairness, respect, honest, courage, and citizenship. "Teaching character and moral values is key in raising and educating our youngsters," says Collesano, who is married with a young son.  "In order to become a contributing and productive member of society as an adult, children must learn how to carry themselves in the world around them today." Collesano's books were recently featured in the Author's Alley section at the New Jersey Education Association convention in November; you can find them at her website,

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Highlighted in Montclair State University Magazine: Spring 2012

Melissa Mola Collesano ’02 MA is the owner of Book Babe, a company that focuses on empowering readers of all ages to show off their love of reading with style and pizzazz while displaying admirable character traits. She has been featured in Author’s Alley at the 2011 NJEA Convention and the 2011 NJASL Convention in Southern New Jersey.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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Monday, April 16, 2012


Take 2!
Make it a point to tell someone you know (or an unfamiliar face) what a great job they did on a specific task you saw them complete. Being generous not only means doing something special for others without being asked, but also offering a thoughtful compliment when you see a good deed being done.
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