Wednesday, September 26, 2012
At a Collingswood elementary school, a group of parents, volunteers and educators cultivated a teachable moment and grew a sustainable garden.
“Wouldn’t it be cool to have a club that picks up trash?” That’s the essence of the epiphany that struck Chloe and Riley Purdy on a trip to the Cape May Zoo about three years ago. “There were tons of trash and litter,” Chloe Purdy said. “The zoo guide told us the animals were in danger from the trash there.” The kids took their troubles to their principal, Mary Bezanis, of Mark Newbie Elementary School. A small chat evolved into a broader discussion about things they could do to be “greener”—plant more gardens, eat healthier and clean up more litter—and those impulses evolved into the Green Team after-school club. Last year the Green Team adopted an osprey and built a platform for it to perch in Avalon, said Newbie parent Kim Finnie. This …
Sunday, September 23, 2012
There's lots of stuff to do this week, from the $27 shopping event to the Blessing of the Animals. Plus: a school board meeting, movie night, and marching band contest.
1. Collingswood Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, Sept. 24 - 7 p.m. at Zane North All-Purpose Room Come find out the latest from the elected and appointed leaders of your school district. The meeting agenda is typically published a few hours before the meeting, so check back on the board website throughout the day Monday. 2. Collingswood Movie Club Tuesday, Sept. 24 - 7 p.m. at the Collingswood Public Library Patch movie blogger Robert Castle takes you inside one of his favorite films, Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors, the existential drama starring Martin Landau, Mia Farrow, and Anjelica Huston. Allen netted two Oscar nominations for the film, one each for writing and directing. 3. $27 on the 27th Shopping Event Thursday, …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Marking period dates, testing weeks, closures and early dismissals—it's all here.
The Collingswood public school district recently released its calendar and supplement for the upcoming 2012-13 school year. Here's a breakdown of the important dates.
Your weekly calendar of events includes a pair of important borough meetings Monday night and a pair of great movies.
Most of the action this week happens early on this week, with the Planning Board and School Board meetings running head-to-head Monday night after a blood drive. The week rounds out with a pair of great movies, one for grown-ups and one for kids. 1. Blood Drive Mon., Aug. 27: 2-7 p.m., St. John's Church Pre-register online or call the parish office at 856-858-0298 to schedule your donation. Bring ID and drink plenty of fluids beforehand. Eat iron-rich foods (red meat, fish, poultry, broccoli, beans, raisins and prunes) before and after your donation. 2. Planning Board Meeting Mon., Aug. 27: 7 p.m., Borough Hall, 3rd Floor Come see what the Planning Board has in store for the future of the borough at its monthly meeting. 3. School Board …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The 15-minute film follows the creation of the PTA-supported elementary school rain garden project in loving detail.
Although Zane North formally capped its rain garden project with a rousing dedication ceremony this spring, a just-completed short film on the process illuminates just why the experience was so valuable for the elementary school students. Among other things, The Rain at Zane, a tender document of the process produced by the Perkins Center for the Arts, offers a first-hand look at how the S.T.E.M. to S.T.E.A.M. movement worked for Collingswood kids. The educational philosophy that incorporates arts within science and technology education is well on display here, with footage of all steps involved in the process. The video also offers an opportunity to hear the reflections of students on what the project means to them even as they work on it…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
With $30,000 from the Subaru Foundation and $3700 from Zane North parents, the elementary school students had an opportunity to integrate arts, science, and environmentalism in one big project.
After months of fund-raising and some strong grant-writing efforts, the students at Zane North Elementary School completed their rain garden. The $30,000 project represented the collective efforts of educators at the school, professional artists from the Perkins Center, and Zane North students, who enjoyed the hands-on creativity the multidisciplinary learning exercise offered. The learning wasn’t at all a one-sided opportunity. Joe Brenman, artist-in-residence at Perkins Center for the Arts, said that learning the technical aspects of a rain garden was important to him, “so we wouldn’t just be the arty people.” He said that awareness enabled him to guide the students in grasping what types of plant life would fit well in a rain garden. “…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The fundraiser, which benefits pediatric cancer research, taught kids a lot about life and even more about caring.
For a bunch of 10-year-olds, Lori Jakimiak's fourth-graders are pretty composed when talking about heavy subjects like death and pediatric illness. Then again, the Alex's Lemonade Stand fundraisers have a way of bringing that out of people. The popular nonprofit foundation, begun in memory of the late Alexandra Scott, who died at age eight of neuroblastoma, hosts annual bake sales and lemonade stands to fundraise for pediatric cancer research. In a single school day, the Zane North school and community raised $455 in donations for the charity. (UPDATE: 3:35 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2012 - Principal Thomas Santo notified Patch that the final total, initially reported as $425, was actually $455.) Jakimiak says that not only did the idea teach …