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Caring Educators Donate Covid-Related Books to LTPS

A piece of Lawrence Township Public Schools’ (LTPS) past was recalled at the October 14, 2020 Board of Education meeting as the daughter of two former district employees returned to district with an act of kindness in her parents’ memory.

Karen Stroman Pardonner is the daughter of Joseph Stroman, former Ben Franklin Elementary principal (1967-1969), and Pauline (Polly) Stroman, a former first grade teacher at Slackwood School (approximately 1982-2004). Pardonner had contacted Superintendent Ross Kasun and expressed her wish to donate to the district a children’s book that she and fellow educator Amy Regan co-authored to help young children during the pandemic. We asked and Pardonner agreed to donate four books so each of the LTPS elementary schools would receive a copy.

Coping Rhymes for COVID Times, a colorful, engaging picture book, is designed to support parents, teachers, and caregivers as they help children understand and navigate changes affecting their daily lives due to the coronavirus pandemic and quarantine.

“We recognize that these times are more difficult for some than others,” the co-authors related. “We also hope that everyone can discover something positive in the changes taking place, such as cooking and taking walks together, an activity or tradition they want to keep in their lives after we all can return to work and school.” 

Wade Forbes illustrated the publication, and Kelsey Pardonner, Pardonner’s daughter, assisted with the graphic design. The book is available on Amazon. Since good nutrition helps to enable children to learn, a portion of the book’s proceeds are donated to Feeding America. Go to for more information or to plan a book event.


  1. Book cover
  2. Amy Regan, Karen Pardonner, and Kelsey Pardonner presenting book to Board of Education at Oct. 14, 2020 meeting.
  3. L-R: Amy Regan, Superintendent Ross Kasun, Karen Pardonner, Slackwood School Principal Jeanne Muzi, Ben Franklin School Jay Billy, Kelsey Pardonner

Caring Kids Book   Books presented at October 14, BOE meeting  

Caring Book presented at October 14, 2020 BOE Meeting