Monday, April 23, 2012

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,

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