Secaucus food pantry seeks donations
The Secaucus food pantry needs pasta donations for March. Residents can drop off the items at the senior center, 101 Centre Ave., Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call either Patt or Eileen at (201) 330-2014 for more information.
Local students take hands-on approach to geography lessons
Fourth graders at Huber Street School recently got to hone their geography skills outside the classroom. They played a scavenger hunt on a large map of New Jersey in the school’s gym Feb. 28, finding different text features on the map. The event was part of the school’s fourth grade social studies curriculum. (See photo.)
Students learn about New Jersey history in Trenton
Fourth-graders from the Clarendon School learning about New Jersey visited the statehouse in Trenton last week, complementing their social studies curriculum, and learning more about how the legislature works. At the statehouse, the kids visited its dome-capped rotunda, the governor’s office, senate chambers, and the gallery of former governors. They also received exclusive access to the general assembly chamber. There, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto was on hand, allowing the students to sit in members’ seats while he addressed them. He spoke with the students about his role as speaker, how members negotiate legislation proposals, and hoping that they would work hard to succeed in life.
In a letter to the editor, Clarendon Principal Steve Viggiani said, “We want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation to General Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto for providing our fourth grade students with such a memorable, cherished, and authentic learning field trip experience. The speaker served as a valued resource in providing our students an in-depth view of the New Jersey Legislature.”
Second graders become published authors
Students in Ms. Ashley Herrmann’s class at Clarendon Elementary School are about to become published authors. The second graders have participated in every step of the writing process in order to create their class book, entitled “Second Grade Superstars.” Their work will be published into a hardcover book by mid April and put on the shelves of their classroom library. Students are currently drafting their final copies of their autobiographies that will be placed inside the book.