Students Read to Youngsters at The Neighborhood House

On Tuesday, March 5th, Sharon Phelan's 7th Grade advisory visited The Neighborhood House of Morristown to work with preschoolers there. They were joined by Charlie Holdsworth ’24, who brought copies of Please Pass the Skin Color, a children’s book co-authored by his sister, Tori Holdsworth ’25, and his mother, Dr. Janet Holdsworth.

In the book, which was recently published by Archway Press, a diverse group of animal friends gains a better understanding of racial and cultural differences and identities through a respectful discussion.  During her 7th Grade service trip to the Neighborhood House next fall, Tori Holdsworth will sign copies of the book for the children and read it to the classes there.  

Throughout the school year, a different MBS 7th Grade advisory visits the Neighborhood House each month.  This month’s participants included: Zachary Brown, Gabriella Commesso, Henry D'Andrea, Vikrant Hajarnavis, Charlie Holdsworth, Madelyn Jaffe, Adin Kasmin, Natalie Lebovitz, Emily Reitman, Hayley Sgro, and Jonah Tinkelman.

The Neighborhood House is a division of Cornerstone Family Programs (formerly Family Service of Morristown).  They strive to build better lives and stronger communities by helping individuals, families, and new immigrants who are confronting economic and other life challenges.  Their programs include pre-school, after-school, summer camp, recreation, tutoring, and parenting education programs.


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