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North Bergen students to Ellen DeGeneres: Come read to us!

Nothing personal, Mayor Sacco, but the kids at McKinley School in North Bergen have spoken – and they want Ellen DeGeneres to read to them during Read Across America Week.

And they are going great lengths to coax the television talk show host and comedian into making the cross country trip. There is a social media campaign and a Youtube video that they sent to DeGeneres’ show via Twitter.

“It was a collaboration between students, myself and other teachers” at the K-8 school, said technology teacher Maria Morgana, who created the short video. “We were trying to figure out which guest readers to expose our students to. They read a story about how Ellen helped a school and I thought to ask her.”

The message in the video is simple request and the school is banking heavily on its cuteness factor, with plenty of students begging “pleeeeeeeease!”

The video was sent to the show and now school officials and students are hoping media attention helps persuades the star.

Students are optimistic “now that we are starting to gain some traction with this campaign,” Morgana said. “It’s incredible how excited everyone is.”

Morgana said the initiative is part of the technology curriculum to show students the positive things that can be done with social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The school will celebrate Read Across America Monday through Friday next week with a series of events and guest speakers reading Dr. Seuss books to the younger students.



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