The Yeshivat Noam Parent Association (YNPA) arranged for Patricia Polacco, a renowned children’s book author and illustrator, to come to Bergen County. As a cost-sharing measure, four schools partnered together (Yavneh, Solomon Schechter, Heschel and Yeshivat Noam) to make this visit come to fruition. The effort was clearly worth it! The students were moved by her personal story of learning to read at 14 years old despite her challenge of having dyslexia. Using visual symbols from her books and her life stories, she effectively expressed themes of caring for one another and determination to achieve our goals. It was a magical visit not soon to be forgotten.