Faculty members from Secaucus Middle and High School: Amanda Wargocki, Melissa Heintjes, and Doug DePice introduced their interdisciplinary 9/11 Survivor Tree Project to the fourth grade students at Huber Street School. The presentation began with a brief history about the Callery Pear tree located at the World Trade Center site that survived the catastrophic events on 9/11/01.
Fourth grade students were entranced by the pictures and stories shared with them from this monumental day. The presentation related to a previous reading and writing lesson on the story “The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story” by Cheryl Somers Aubin. A historical reference to these events comprised their current events lesson for the week. Students participated in a special question and answer session with the instructors after the presentation concluded. After returning to their classrooms, students worked with their homeroom teacher to plan a drawing and writing activity involving their own stories about “survival.”
“This was an inspirational day for the students,” says Elementary Supervisor, Dr. Danielle Garzon. “It is essential for students to make the connection that out of tragedy, new beginnings can flourish, such as what has happened with this tree.”
Clarendon Elementary School PTA sponsors “Help Harvey” drive
Big change starts with small steps.
Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding and damage to many areas in Texas. The residents of these areas lost not only their homes, but sustained major damage to their schools as well. The Clarendon Parent Teacher Association held a “Help Harvey” drive to help rebuild and restock a school in Katy, Texas. Teachers and Clarendon families donated school supplies and cleaning supplies. Jessica Hensle, first grade teacher at Clarendon School, was the liaison for collecting all donated items. There were twelve boxes at 40 pounds each, picked up by the United Postal Service. Thank you to everyone for their donations and participation in the “Help Harvey” drive.
Help sought for the U.S. Virgin Islands
Mayor Gonnelli and the Town Council would like to make collections of donations for the US Virgin Islands. Donations being sought include bottled water, formula, mouthwash, first aid kits, and batteries.
Donations can be dropped off at the Senior Center, at 101 Centre Ave., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.