Toms River's NEA Big Read 2018-2019

NEA Big Read presented by Toms River Regional Schools: The Things They Carried

For the second consecutive year, out of only 75 institutions nationwide, Toms River Regional Schools has been awarded a grant and selected to host NEA Big Read, a community-wide literacy campaign centered on one novel. The 2018-2019 program will run Jan. 23 through March 28, 2019, and our book of choice is the powerful Vietnam War-era novel by Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried.



Big Read 2019 books going out to teachers at HS East today with poem book marks!


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In 2017, Toms River Regional Schools was among the first two public school districts to ever be awarded a grant to host NEA Big Read, a month-long, community-wide literacy campaign based on one novel. For that initial year, we selected Emily St. John Mandel's award-winning Station Eleven, which we connected to Superstorm Sandy five years after the storm ravaged New Jersey.

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